CBS Sports's Ken Berger writes with an interesting update on the Carmelo Anthony situation. To briefly recap: Anthony has been offered a three-year $65 million extension by the Denver Nuggets but has not accepted it and there have been persistent rumblings that he wants to be traded.
Berger is the first major media figure to link Anthony with the Philadelphia 76ers in these trade talks. He writes...
That is where another team equipped with attractive assets could enter the picture, multiple sources said: the Philadelphia 76ers. New team president Rod Thorn and GM Ed Stefanski - who formerly worked together in New Jersey - could be central to constructing a deal that would compel the Nuggets to move Anthony rather than endure a season-long distraction that ends with Anthony leaving as a free agent after the season. The key pieces of the Philadelphia equation would be the expiring contracts of Jason Kapono ($6.64 million) and Willie Green ($3.98 million), a young talent such as Thaddeus Young, and Andre Iguodala, who is coming off a solid contribution to Team USA's gold-medal performance at the FIBA World Championships. Some executives believe the Sixers would at least discuss including No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner if it meant getting Anthony, but that would defeat the purpose of going over the luxury tax to get Anthony in the first place.
Not since Allen Iverson's heyday have the 76ers seen a star of Anthony's magnitude.
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