Trade Update

The Sixers could be contacting the Nuggets about acquiring Carmelo Anthony. ( AP Photo / David J. Phillip )

The news coming from the Denver Nuggets camp is that the franchise is now taking phone calls regarding their star, Carmelo Anthony. That's a different position than last week, when the Nuggets were reportedly still focused on convincing Anthony to sign the 3-year/$65 million extension the team has (and still has) on the table.

If you want the details surrounding the initial trade speculation involving the Nuggets/76ers/New Jersey Nets, you can scroll down to the previous blog post. Or you can click here: Trade Talk. There, you can find the potential pieces involved in the trade speculation.

But here's the latest from the Sixers' side (and the following is probably true of nearly all NBA teams): The Sixers will be contacting Denver. By the time you're reading this, the Sixers might have already contacted Denver about what it would take to land Anthony.

According to one source with knowledge of the Sixers' thinking, the franchise still believes this to be a "shot in the dark," but added that you never know what can happen in these situations. It's been reported by ESPN's Chad Ford that Denver wants "a young prospect, draft picks, and cap relief" in exchange for Melo. Can the Sixers meet those needs? Does Iguodala qualify as a 'young prospect', or would that mean Turner's inclusion?

And here's this bit from ESPN's Marc Stein and Ford:

"I'm not sure how soon, but I do think they're going to trade him [between now and February]," said one rival GM.

Said another source briefed on Denver's plans: "There's no doubt they are working on it. Eventually they're going to pull the trigger. "

Reports have persisted for weeks that Anthony, who can become a free agent at the end of the coming season, wants out.

According to the same Sixers' source, the team would listen to all possibilities surrounding this trade, including being a conduit (a third team in a three-team trade) that doesn't land Anthony, but lands a different player in exchange. Again, scroll down to the previous blog post for speculation regarding what this could look like.
The possibility of the Sixers' landing Anthony still remains quite slim, but the front office is in the process of seeing what the Nuggets would want for Anthony, or what it would take to be a part of a three-team trade built around Anthony ...