September 27 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Michael Vick for Kevin Kolb?
Andre Iguodala for Carmelo Anthony?
Easy decisions for the Eagles, sort of. For the 76ers? Well . . .
A Western Conference executive told the Daily News yesterday that the Nuggets and Sixers were involved in talks that could bring megastar forward Carmelo Anthony to Philadelphia and send Andre Iguodala to Denver.
The executive said that Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri had talked with Sixers GM Ed Stefanski about a possible move.
The good thing going for the Sixers on a possible deal? Denver is very fond of Iguodala and he could be their most coveted commodity in any trade scenario.
The drawback for the Sixers is that Anthony has listed teams that he would want to be dealt to and the Sixers are not among them; he has said Chicago and New York top that list. The other negative is that should Anthony agree to come to Philly, a contract extension must be reached, according to the source. Anthony will receive $17.149 million for this, the last season of his current contract. Iguodala will make $12.345 million this season, $13.532 million next season and $14.718 million in 2012-13. He has a player option of close to $16 million in 2013-14. In order for salaries to be matched, the Sixers would have to include other players. The Sixers would not do the deal unless Anthony agreed to an extension, the source said.
Stefanski and Leon Rose, Anthony’s agent, could not be reached for comment.
Last week, reports had an Anthony deal being close, with him going to New Jersey in a complex four-team swap that also involved Utah and Charlotte. According to reports, that deal is now on hold.
Billy King, the former Sixers GM who now holds that spot with the Nets, told reporters yesterday that he found the speculation and rumors about an Anthony trade to be “comical.”
“It’s comical, that’s what I would say,” King said. “When you’re in the know of any situation and you read or hear [stuff] it’s comical where it all goes in different directions.
“I would say that we’re exploring everything. But there’s no deal. There’s no deal.”
The stagnant four-team deal that would send Anthony to New Jersey would apparently land the Nuggets Derrick Favors, whom the Nets took with the third pick this past draft, and possibly Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko and draft picks.”
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