Well it's hard to come closer to a public trade demand than this:
"They want to sit down and talk, but my thing is it's way beyond this
year," Anthony told Yahoo! Sports after scoring a team-high 23 points
in the Nuggets' victory. "It ain't got nothing to do with the new GM,
Josh, the players. For me, I feel it's a time for change.
"If I do nothing now, I'm never going to do anything. I feel like my
time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay."
Anthony is now openly discussing the worst kept secret in basketball. He wants out.
While he hasn't publicly mentioned which teams he wants to go to, the Bulls and Knicks are the two teams which seem guaranteed to be on his list. Given that the Knicks have max cap room this summer, the Nuggets leverage in trying to hold out is ridiculously small. If they wait, they'll get less than Cleveland/Toronto got in their S&Ts for Bosh/LeBron.
The Knicks simply don't even have the future picks to make this thing work, and Anthony will likely bolt to NY without the extra year if the extra year is even an option.
That means the Nuggets likely have to make a move by the trade deadline if they want something back. The alternative is to play out this season, hope to change his mind, and hope to do some damage in the playoffs one last time. Given their team doesn't seem any more talented than in the past, it's unlikely this plan has much merit.
If Anthony is set on Chicago or NY (though it appears that he vastly prefers NY), then it makes comparing trade assets far easier, and Luol Deng's play over the first half of the season might determine whether Chicago beats NY in a trade offer. One interesting spinoff, is the latest rumor that there are Deng for Iguodala talks going on.
The Nuggets have been rumored to be interested in Iguodala, which if there were any truth to these rumors, make a three way swap a possibility with Deng going to Philly, Iguodala to the Nuggets, Melo to the Bulls, and other assets from the Bulls to other teams.
I think Melo would help the Bulls immensely right now, but once Boozer is back, I still wonder how well a Melo/Boozer/Rose combo really fits. There's really not enough shots to satisfy the three of them, and I think the fit on the floor probably not yield the sum of the parts. That said, as always, get the talent first, figure out the fit later.