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Carmelo Anthony trade delay holding up other deals

Carmelo Anthony

FILE - This Sept. 27, 2010, file photo shows Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony smiles during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s media day, in Denver. Listening to Nets coach Avery Johnson, the monster deal to bring Anthony from Denver to New Jersey might be on hold. Hours before leaving for a four-game West Coast road trip, Johnson said Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, he didn’t expect any roster changes during the trip. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

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There are 15 players — and maybe more — who would be changing teams if the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade moves out of its current state of limbo and becomes reality.

That’s a lot of players, and the Anthony trade has become a dam, holding up a number of other smaller trades, according to multiple reports.

FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson and ESPN’s Marc Stein have confirmed that Denver has already started having discussions of a secondary trade with Portland. That deal would send point guard Devin Harris (who the Nuggets would get as part of the Anthony deal) to Portland for either Andre Miller or Nicolas Batum (who Denver covets but Portland has said is not available, although tossing in a high first-round draft pick could change things according to ESPN).

In addition to Anthony there are a number of players from several teams that likely will be moved whether or not they are a part of this deal. So long as the Anthony deal hangs on the whims of the patient Nuggets front office, so does the fate of all these other players.

And at some point not everybody is going to be as patient.