It looks like Carmelo Anthony could be headed out of Denver, reports ESPN the Magazine’s Ric Bucher:
League sources say it is now a matter of when, not if, Anthony and the Nuggets will go their separate ways.
Anthony is weighing whether to sign a three-year, $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets. His dilemma, league sources say, is what affords him the best chance of continuing his career elsewhere. Anthony could sign with Denver and convince the team to then trade him. His other option would be to not sign the extension, thereby forcing the team to move him rather than risk losing him next summer as a free agent.
It’s obvious that Anthony is envious of LeBron’s attention this summer, so he’s going to try to emulate his style and get all the love and money he wants. The difference this season might be in how the team handles it.
In light of how doomed the Cleveland Cavaliers are now that their superstar is gone, the Denver Nuggets might look to avoid that by dealing Anthony to a team he wants before the deadline this February. It would have to be with a team that Melo likes, as indicating that he wouldn’t re-sign with a particular team is a de facto no-trade clause for the small forward.
Who might he agree to? The Knicks, a destination that has been mentioned for another superstar trio, or the Nets, who will be in Brooklyn in two years where Melo grew up, are the two frontrunners at this point.