Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups up for trade in a Denver-Houston-Charlotte 3-way?

The theory that Carmelo Anthony is as good as gone from Denver was buoyed by new reports last week that Melo's demanded a trade.

The latest supposition: Both Anthony and Chauncey Billups, the homegrown Mr. Big Shot, could be headed out the door.

Brandon Ribak's Bleacher Report piece on this possibility leans heavily on tweets from ESPN's John Hollinger, whose first missive reads:

Shortly thereafter, Hollinger added this:

He elaborated like so:

Hollinger soon received this response:

He replied:

The Nuggets had better get more than just Damp -- the Bobcats' Erick Dampier. Yes, the Nugs need a big man, and there's every indication Charlotte wants to get rid of him. But Dampier is 35 -- hardly a building block in the youthful foundation Denver will need if Anthony is suddenly wearing a new uniform.

Regarding Billups, Hollinger offers no specifics, but his theory makes sense on at least one level. With Melo gone, the Nuggets automatically go into several years (at least) of rebuilding -- so why not get value for the aging Billups now rather than sticking with him?

Fan reaction, for one thing. If both Carmelo and Chauncey leave simultaneously, Nuggets boosters are likely to tear down the Pepsi Center. Which is yet another reason why being new Nugs general manager Masai Ujiri right now has got to be no fun at all.

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