So we know that the megatrade is “close.”
So how close is “close”?
The Twitterverse is exploding, with many in scribes predicting things to get wrapped up in the next day or so.
But could Denver be getting cold feet?
Yahoo’s Marc Spears tweeted that Detroit and New Jersey expected Denver to sit the players involved in the deal because it was so close to being official. Sitting players is common when a deal is all but official so that there is no risk of injury to those involved.
Denver played everyone, which stalled the deal. If you’re an optimist, that might be because the Nuggets couldn’t field an actual squad if it sat the players. If you’re a pessimist, Denver might be getting cold feet on the whole exchange. Spears says:
Nets told they had deal w/ Denver Saturday night, just needed to firm up with DET. NJ and DET have done that, and now DEN waffling again.
Ken Berger of CBS sports is reporting that “plenty could go wrong” as this deal is still not locked down. He indicates much of that has to do with the Nuggets who are, apparently, changing the parameters of the deal.
The deal is so complicated, with so many agendas to satisfy — from the three teams involved to the cadre of high-profile agents roped into the talks — that plenty could go wrong. One executive involved in the talks told CBSSports.com Sunday night that the deal was not imminent, while others said discussions were continuing and players were being added and subtracted from the deal. According to rival executives who’ve negotiated with the Nuggets on other Anthony scenarios, Denver should heed of the dangers of killing another good deal after a four-team trade involving New Jersey, Utah and Charlotte fell apart amid indecision and overshooting by the Nuggets.
If different players are being bandied about it probably would be fringe players, not core components such as Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Derrick Favors or, obviously, Carmelo Anthony. But if too many players are added, subtracted or swapped, the whole thing could fall apart.