Inside the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations

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Inside the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Carmelo Anthony is just another athlete in a long list who has gone public with his wishes to join a new team and didnt exactly helping his current team make a deal or get any value from him on his way out.

Anthony finally stopped being a jerk and accepted a trade to the Knicks Monday night, ending the trade saga and finally allowing Denver to move on.

Maybe Anthony wasnt just being a jerk though. Maybe all of the offers were so enticing he simply couldnt decide! A Wicked Good Sports insider was able to get the inside scoop on some of the offers floating around out there before Carmelo finally ended up with the Knicks:
TRADE OFFER 1
To New Jersey Nets: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncy Billups, Free Ski passes for everyone!
To Denver Nuggets: Four first round picks, Devin Harris, Jay-z, The Situation, Snookie
PROS:
- Carmelo no longer has to be constantly bored and cold in Denver
- Two most annoying cast members of that terrible Jersey Shore show will hopefully freeze to death in the Denver wilderness

- The Nets may move to Brooklyn and Anthony would reportedly super duper love that.

CONS:
- Sucks for Jay-z because no one in Denver has heard of rap music
- The Nets, much like Denver, never really win anything. Ever. At all.
- Carmelo is closer to New York and will be over covered every day by ESPN

- With the audition of some members of the Jersey Shore cast, the percentage of Colorado residents with STDs will go up by 30 in just one week

TRADE OFFER 2
To New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, John Elway
To Denver Nuggets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, A-Rod, Mike DAntonis mustache
PROS:
- Spoiled brat Carmel Anthony gets to go to his preferred destination
- John Elway can throw wicked spirals all the way down the court for the worlds longest alley-oops.

- A-rod get can back on steroids and no one will notice because no one cares about anything that goes on in Colorado
CONS:
- For the Knicks, they totally lose out on this deal because DAntonis mustache is pretty epic.

- ESPN would show even less hockey highlights as they document Carmelos every pass, dunk and shot because hes playing in New York now.

TRADE OFFER 3
To Charlotte Bobcats: Carmelo Anthony, Peter Forsberg, Tim Tebow
To Denver Nuggets: Michael Jordan (as an owner, not a player), Dale Earnhardt Jr, Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson
PROS:
- Peter Forsberg can do his retiring, unretiring, retiring gig in another sport
- Tim Tebow might get caught with some Nascar groupies and his wholesome boy act will be shattered for good

- Dale Earnhardt Jr can start his basketball career and finally play a real sport. If he gets glued to the bench, he already has lots of practice sitting down. Nascar sucks.
- Carmelo Anthony can paint numbers on the side of his car and when he gets pulled over for speeding he can just tell local cops he got lost on his way to the race track

CONS:
- Michael Jordan will run another pro team into the ground
- Carmelo Anthony only has one first name and may not fit in with the Bobby Joe and Susie May two first name fans.
- It is still Charlotte.
- It is probably way too hot to wear those head bands Carmelo is so fond of.

Maybe Charlotte would have been the best option for the rest of us.

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

Raiders creep past Patriots in race for top seed in AFC

The Patriots and Raiders and neck-and-neck as the race for home field in the AFC turns for home. And, with four games left, the Raiders are ahead by a nose. The tiebreakers between the 10-2 teams in play currently? Common games followed by strength of victory. 

The first tiebreaker – conference record – is a deadlock as both teams are 7-1 in the AFC (the Brady-less Patriots lost to the Bills back in Week 4.

After conference record, it's the teams record in common games. 

PATRIOTS 26, RAMS 10

So far in common games with the Texans and Bills, the Patriots have gone 2-1 and the Raiders have gone 2-0. The Patriots play the Ravens next week. Oakland beat them. The Patriots play Denver after that. Oakland beat them as well but have one more game against Denver in Week 17.

So if it comes down to common games the Patriots really need to win these next two games.

Or hope the Raiders stub their toe a time or two in their final four games which are at the Chiefs, Chargers and Broncos with a home game against Indy in Week 16.

As for strength of victory, that too goes to Oakland at this point. The Raiders’ strength of victory is at .471. The Patriots’ is at .370.

But the tiebreaker that kicks in after conference record and before strength of victory – common games – is very much unresolved.The remaining picture as it stands right now? The Ravens are the No. 3 seed with a 7-5 record that leads the AFC North. The Texans’ 6-6 record is good enough to lead the AFC South. The 9-3 Chiefs are the top Wild Card. The 8-4 Broncos are the No. 6 seed.

The Patriots play the Ravens and Broncos over the next two weeks. Currently, the Dolphins (7-5) and Steelers (7-5) are on the outside looking in.

The Titans (6-6) will have a chance to get even with the Texans in Week 17 in head-to-head matchups but they host Denver and play at Kansas City the next two weeks so they have obstacles to clear before they get there.