Now that Carmelo Anthony (reportedly) wants to leave the Denver Nuggets sooner than later, “'Melo Watch 2010-11” is officially under way.
Sports Illustrated today reported that Anthony would be open to long-term deals with the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets or New York Knicks if something can be worked out. The Knicks were seen as front-runners for Anthony when several toasts at Anthony’s recent wedding suggested him joining up with the team. This was practically spelled out when Hornets guard Chris Paul made a toast that he, Anthony and Amare Stoudemire should meet on the Knicks to form “a new ‘Big Three.’”
After LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh ended the circus act known as “Free Agency 2010,” Anthony seemed to pause at the idea of signing a $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets. Apparently, Anthony was not sure the Nuggets offered him the best opportunities out of all possible options. Further, he reportedly believed he could convince Denver to sign and trade him -- or he could refuse to sign the offered extension and force the team to trade him.
The other pressing issue at hand is the looming potential NBA lockout. If a new collective bargaining agreement is put into place before Anthony inks a new deal, he faces the prospect of earning a lot less money with his new contract.
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