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Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes Come Into Focus

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Only soon-to-be owner Joe Lacob knows how far he's willing to go to get Anthony, but this sort of trade could be exactly the sort of move he's looking for to prove to downtrodden Warriors fans that his new regime will be run differently. And according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, Lacob might do an Anthony deal even if he can't get him to commit to an extension. Lacob and co-owner Peter Guber are taking over for Chris Cohan, the much-maligned former owner whose track record included one Warriors playoff berth since he bought the team in 1995. Lacob has been on a bully pulpit since news of the ownership change broke, explaining to any media member who will listen how he plans to run the organization in the sort of first-class manner he witnessed as a minority owner of the Boston Celtics. He's vowing to change perceptions of the market, to combine winning on the court with all that's good in the Bay Area and make his team and his region a destination point for players. Yet even with one potential obstacle possibly cleared (that being the no-need-for-an-extension approach), there is another significant one: the Warriors don't want to part ways with Stephen Curry. League sources say the Nuggets are extremely high on Curry and would demand the second-year guard be included in any deal with the Warriors, but it appears highly unlikely Golden State would cooperate. The more likely scenario is a deal involving veteran guard Monta Ellis ($44 million over the next four seasons) and center Andris Biedrins (four years, $36 million remaining with fourth-year a player option), and that sort of combination certainly doesn't fit with Denver's demands. Other potential pieces: newly acquired forward David Lee (six years, $80 million left), rookie forward Ekpe Udoh (No. 6 pick in June out of Baylor), and guard Reggie Williams (second-year player and former D-Leaguer who averaged 15.2 points in 24 games last season). The need for the Warriors to join forces with a third team in a deal is even more vital considering they can't offer any first-round draft picks until 2014 (read here for more on why).

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