OPINION: Contradictions abound in Anthony trade rumors

Separating fact from fiction a trick proposition for Nuggets fans

Even as the beat writer for Nuggets.com, I am not privy to the strategic thought process of Nuggets president Josh Kroenke and executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri.

Like any other reporter, I can only talk to people close to the situation and provide an educated guess as to what the future will hold for the Nuggets and star forward Carmelo Anthony.

With that in mind, I can’t help but shake my head when the rumors and speculation start to provide amusing contradictions.

ESPN’s Ric Bucher wrote Thursday that the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks are the leading candidates to land Anthony should he be traded. Yet in the same story, Bucher surmised that Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke “is vehemently against dealing with the Knicks after being embarrassed at Anthony's wedding in Manhattan by talk of his star becoming a Knick ….”

Anyone who reports that Stan Kroenke would block a trade or ostracize another NBA team for any reason doesn’t know Stan, who has spoken positively about Anthony’s wedding on numerous occasions. To say he harbors ill feelings toward any team after Carmelo’s nuptials clearly has been misled.

The Melo situation is big news. He’s a special talent and one of the most popular players in the NBA. Fans of the Nuggets and any team linked to Melo want to know what’s going to happen next. Reporters are obligated to follow leads and cover the news. But as I have written since the beginning of the season, all we can do is take Melo at his word when he says he’s keeping his options open.

Rumors will continue to swirl, leading to conflicting reports from the same outlets. Hours after Bucher’s report on ESPN.com, one of his well-respected ESPN colleagues wrote that the Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies are in the mix for Melo.

What gives? If there's any truth to the New York-Memphis report, then what changed Stan’s alleged vehement stance against dealing with the Knicks?

This is not to criticize any reporter doing his job. It’s just to remind people that reporters are constantly quoting unnamed sources after unnamed sources after unnamed sources. Until Anthony, Josh Kroenke and Ujiri are quoted on record, consider the rumors to be just that – speculation, not fact.

Again, I’m not involved trade talks and negotiations. But we should take the rumors with a grain of salt. Unless there’s a trade call or a press conference, Nuggets fans should keep enjoying the hard work being put in by a team that is on pace for its eighth straight playoff appearance and not buy into every rumor or occasional untruth.

Anthony could finish the season with the Nuggets, or he could be traded. The fact is, no one knows.

What I do know after years of covering the Nuggets as a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News and now as a “homer” in-house reporter for Nuggets.com is that the Kroenkes and Ujiri are committed to winning and annually competing for a spot in the postseason.

Don’t believe any reports to the contrary.

Aaron Lopez
Aaron J. Lopez is the primary writer for Nuggets.com, providing behind-the-scenes content, including feature stories and video for the site. Before joining the Nuggets in 2009, he spent 15 years covering Colorado sports for the Rocky Mountain News and the Associated Press. Follow him on twitter @Lopez_Nuggets. Aaron's full bio...

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