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Carmelo Anthony Trade To Knicks Could Be Imminent, According To Report

Will seven months of trade speculation surrounding Carmelo Anthony come to an end tonight? According to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, a trade between the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets for "Melo could happen tonight:

Melo is close to being dealt to Knicks, possibly tonight, a source tells Y! Sports.

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reported that Chauncey Billups left practice without speaking to the media. If the trade goes through, Billups and 'Melo will go to New York with throw-ins Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams. The Nuggets would receive Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and the Knicks' 2014 first-round draft pick. The Minnesota Wolves would also be involved in this trade by receiving Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry from the Knicks. The T'Wolves would then send Corey Brewer to the Nuggets.

[UPDATE] According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Timofey Mozgov may be included, but nothing is a done deal yet.

The Nuggets play their next game on Tuesday, Feb. 22 against the Memphis Grizzlies. While 'Melo said during the All-Star Game that he plans on being in a Nuggets uniform on Tuesday, it may no longer be the case.

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Will Carmelo Anthony End Trade Rumors On Monday?

In another round of "news" masquerading as news in the Carmelo Anthony trade saga, the New York Post reports that unnamed sources believe Anthony will let the New Jersey Nets know on Monday if he will accept a trade there and sign an extension. It will be a colossal upset if Anthony tells the Nets that he will accept the trade and sign the extension. For seven months we have heard that he will not sign the three-year, $65 million deal, but never directly from his mouth.

The Nets are willing to send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, other players and four first-round draft picks to the Denver Nuggets for Anthony, Chauncey Billups and filler pieces. Without the extension, the Nets would not be that generous in acquiring Anthony as a rent-a-player option.

If Anthony tells the Nets he will not sign the extension, the New York Knicks become the favorite to land a trade. However, a new report claims that the Nuggets want Timofey Mozgov in the final trade, but the Knicks are not including him. With the Knicks the only suitor, the Nuggets can continue to play hardball with the Knicks and bleed them dry in acquiring Anthony. But if the Knicks had any sense, they would just hunker down and not make the trade. Anthony will hit the free agent market this summer, making it far easier for the Knicks to acquire him.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumor: Nets, Nuggets Have Players In Place, Still Need Carmelo Anthony To Accept Extension

On Thursday night, it appears that the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets have reached a point at which they must now get Carmelo Anthony to sign a three-year, $65 million extension in order to complete a trade. According to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, both sides have agreed on the players to be included in this deal. The Nuggets would send 'Melo, Chauncey Billups, Melvin Ely, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams and then receive rookie Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four draft picks.

The main portion of the deal is the Melo-Billups swap for Favors-Harris and the draft picks. The other players are either expiring contracts or inclusions to balance the salary swaps. The four draft picks would reportedly be two 2011 first-round draft picks, a conditional first-round pick the Golden State Warriors owe the Nets and a future first-round pick.

Just like before, the Nets will only make this trade is if Carmelo Anthony will sign an extension with them. Supposedly, there could be an All-Star Weekend meeting between Anthony and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who canceled his previous meeting with the player and then called off the entire trade during a Jan. 20 press conference.

In some ways this is a better deal than the one discussed back in January. It cuts out a third team (the Detroit Pistons before) and has the Nuggets receiving two more first-round picks.

[UPDATE] However, Wojnarowski later updated his report to mention that Murphy and a draft pick or two would be sent somewhere else later.

Will Carmelo Anthony still be in a Nuggets uniform when the season starts up on Tuesday?

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NBA Trade Deadline: Carmelo Anthony Rumors Still Swirling, But Not With Mavericks

The good news is that there is less than a week left until the NBA trade deadline, meaning just six more days are left for Denver Nuggets fans to wonder if Carmelo Anthony is going to be traded to the Nets, Knicks, Mavericks, Rockets, Lakers or any other team that randomly pops up before next Thursday’s 2 p.m. deadline.

The bad news is that the Carmelo trade rumors will keep pouring in right up until that deadline.

ESPN’s Marc Stein dropped a couple of notes in a piece for TrueHoop today, and while some of them were already out there — the Nuggets opened talks with the Nets again — he also added a few new interesting tidbits.

First, the Nuggets are “encouraging” a face-to-face meeting between Anthony and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov this weekend at the NBA All-Star events in Los Angeles according to Stein’s source “close to the process.”

Not to leave the ever-present Knicks out of the conversation, Stein mentions that New York owner James Dolan has “a Melo-at-all-costs stance” according to some observers and if GM Donnie Walsh is able to bring him in now rather than having to wait until free agency, it would probably allow Walsh to get a contract extension sooner than later.

Last, but not least, Stein notes that the Dallas Mavericks have all but dropped out of the Carmelo Sweepstakes since they’re all but certain that Anthony wouldn’t re-sign with the team. Well, they might still be interested, but not to the point that they’d include Rodrigue Beaubois, their best young prospect.

For more details on these rumors, check out Stein’s entire column and stay tuned to this StoryStream for all of the Carmelo Anthony trade deadline updates up until next week’s NBA trade deadline.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumor: Nets, Nuggets Talking About Carmelo Anthony Again

Despite New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulling out of a trade for the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony in January, new reports have the two teams discussing a trade again. Al Iannazzone first tweeted that the two teams "have talked recently," but Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski then followed with a report that the Nuggets re-initiated talks "over a week ago" and that "progress" has been made.

Wojnarowski later reported that the deal would still include "rookie forward Derrick Favors and draft picks," though it would be part of a lesser offer this time.

Is this a ploy by the Nuggets to get more out of the New York Knicks, or has New York decided it doesn't want to give up the entire city for 'Melo? And, as always, will Carmelo Anthony sign an extension with the Nets if a new deal is agree upon? He was scheduled to meet with Prokhorov before the proposed deal was cut off.

This is just another turn in the Melodrama. The trade deadline is Feb. 24.

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NBA Trade Deadline Rumor: Knicks, Mavericks Could Be Only Destinations For Carmelo Anthony

With roughly a week remaining until the Feb. 24 NBA trade deadline, Carmelo Anthony trade rumors abound. The Knicks? The Nets? The Rockets? The Mavericks? The Lakers? All those teams have been rumored as possible destinations for Carmelo Anthony since last summer. Only the Nets were the closest team to working out a deal.

The Knicks are the current team attempting to work out a deal for the star player, and the Nuggets are looking for Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton as part of the return. Now word from New York Newsday's Alan Hahn is that the shape of a potential trade between the two teams is changing. It appears that either Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler would be the main piece moving, with the Chauncey Billups-Raymond Felton swap still happening. Additionally, Timofey Mozgov and Landry Fields could be included in the deal. A first-round draft pick to Denver would likely be necessary.

But if the Knicks can't complete a deal, who else is left? Hahn writes that the Lakers, the Nets and the Rockets are all out, but the Mavericks could be willing to make the trade (well, if they can find a bunch of pieces):

At this point, a source with knowledge of the situation said the biggest -- and perhaps last -- remaining threat to the Knicks could be the Dallas Mavericks

Though Mark Cuban hinted recently that he would be willing to trade for a superstar without an extension, the source said Anthony would be amenable to signing an extension with the Mavs, who are already a championship contender and yet have a huge hole at small forward after the injury to Caron Butler.

Melo's willingness to sign an extension with the Mavericks is a new revelation, as it was previously reported that he would only sign an extension with the Knicks.

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Stein: Carmelo Anthony Signing Extension Might Frustrate Nuggets Brass Who Still Want To Trade Him

Yesterday Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony told the press that he would “take a hard look” at signing the the three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets have on the table if the team is unable to trade him.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports today that Nuggets brass, led by Masai Ujiri, was probably more frustrated than happy that Anthony is now once again saying he’s willing to sign the extension simply because it seems like the NBA All-Star would be doing it for all of the wrong reasons.

The Nuggets are well aware that Anthony — in the event he isn’t traded and then offers to sign the extension — would purely be doing so because he wants to secure the richest possible contract under the current collective bargaining agreement. Not because he’s had a true change of heart.

And that’s not how Denver officials, according to sources familiar with their thinking, want to rebuild their team, knowing that Anthony could well sign for an additional three years and $65 million and still be disgruntled. Or, worse, try to force a trade next season.

Stein also mentions that the Nuggets are hopeful that they are able to get Melo traded before the trade deadline so that they have a couple of days to attempt to shop J.R. Smith, Nene and Kenyon Martin in the wake of the deal.

No matter what happens, it sounds like this situation is going to end in a mess.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony Would 'Take A Hard Look' At Extension If Not Traded

Might Carmelo Anthony be changing his mind about wanting to leave Denver? Following today's shootaround, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post tweeted that Carmelo Anthony would "take a hard look" at the three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets have on the table if the team is unable to trade him.

How serious he really is about those remarks is the biggest question. If the Nuggets continue to wait this entire thing out until the Feb. 24 trade deadline they may not find a deal worth making. One of the proposed trades involving the Nuggets, the Knicks and the Timberwolves involves the Nuggets receiving Wilson Chandler from the Knicks and Corey Brewer and a first-round pick from the Timberwolves.

That deal is not as appealing as the earlier deal the Nuggets were supposedly close to making with the New Jersey Nets and the Detroit Pistons. The Nuggets would have received two first-round picks from the Nets as well as rookie forward Derrick Favors and veteran point guard Devin Harris. Melo and Chauncey Billups would have moved to Jersey.

Additionally, Anthony says that he rumored talks between the Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers were "a new one" to him.

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Will The Nuggets Wait Until Feb. 24 To Trade Carmelo Anthony?

While the Denver Nuggets may be in preliminary talks with the Los Angeles Lakers to make a Carmelo Anthony trade, the New York Knicks remain very much in the picture. The may be the leading team, according to Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News. However, a deal is not imminent.

According to Lawrence's sources, the Nuggets are likely to trade Melo right around the deadline on Feb. 24. Any number of teams remain as a possible landing spot, though apparently those reports linking Andrew Bynum of the Lakers in a Melo deal have been greatly exaggerated, if not flat wrong.

The current Knicks-Nuggets deal involves the Minnesota Timberwolves as well. The Nuggets would receive Wilson Chandler from the Knicks and Corey Brewer and a first-round pick (which year no one is quite sure yet) from the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves would receive Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry. The Knicks, ultimately the winners in this trade, would get Melo. Lawrence indicates, though, that other proposals are being exchanged.

While the Knicks are Anthony's preferred destination, there will likely be several teams (the Rockets and Mavericks among them) who would be willing to trade for Anthony and watch him leave at the end of the season. The Nuggets could fold on the trade table and keep Anthony for the rest of the season, play as far as they can with him and then see him depart through free agency.

We'll find out what happens in at most two weeks.

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Report: Lakers Enter Carmelo Anthony Discussions

The L.A. Lakers are the latest team to engage the Denver Nuggets in trade talks regarding All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN. Broussard says the Lakers have had “preliminary discussions” with Denver about Anthony, and are willing to send 23-year-old center Andrew Bynum to the Nuggets. Though Lakers forward Ron Artest, according to recent reports, is seeking to leave L.A., Denver is not interested in taking him on.

Bynum has averaged 10.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in his six-year career. A 7-footer with back-to-basket skills, he’d give Denver a true center who can capably play both ends of the floor. He is owed $14.9 million next season, with a team option worth $16.1 million the following year.

While Bynum is an attractive centerpiece to receive in return for Anthony, dealing with the Lakers will be problematic for Denver. As SB Nation colleague Mike Prada points out, Los Angeles does not have any expiring contracts to offer the Nuggets. If Denver GM Masai Ujiri is serious about trimming Denver’s payroll, he may have to reject the Lakers’ offer.

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Report: Nuggets, Knicks, Timberwolves Working On Three-Team Trade For Carmelo Anthony

ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that a new three-team deal for Carmelo Anthony is in the works. This new iteration involves the New York Knicks and the opponents the Denver Nuggets beat on Saturday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Supposedly, the deal would send Melo to New York, Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and Minnesota's first-round pick to the Nuggets and Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph to Minnesota. This isn't too much of a surprise. The Knicks were reportedly looking to trade Randolph to the T'Wolves earlier in order to get a first-round pick in a deal for Melo.

The Knicks have been Anthony's preferred destination for some time and there have been reports to varying degrees stating the he will only sign an extension with the Knicks if a trade does happen. Any other team and he would walk at the end of the season.

However, this rumored trade would be a step down from what the Nuggets could have received from the New Jersey Nets, which included two first-round draft picks, rookie forward Derrick Favors and point guard Devin Harris (who would likely have been moved in another deal).

Ever since September, there have been multiple trades that would have sent Carmelo Anthony to another destination. Will this one be like all the others, or will this one stick because it involves the Knicks? Stay tuned.

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Report: Nuggets Open To Carmelo Anthony Trade With Knicks Now That Nets Deal Is Over

According to CBS Sports' Ken Berger, the Denver Nuggets are now open to trading Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. Berger's sources inform him that the Nuggets have changed their opinion on Anthony Randolph, a 6-foot-11, 225-pound 21-year-old forward.

Previously, the New York Knicks were attempting to move Randolph to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a first-round pick, which they wanted to use in a trade for Carmelo Anthony deal. However, that has not happened yet. Rather, it appears the Nuggets are willing to acquire Randolph now that the New Jersey Nets' Derrick Favors is out of the picture.

The Golden State Warriors selected Randolph with the 14th pick in the 2008 draft. In three seasons, Randolph has yet to establish himself in the league and has seen diminished playing time each year. The Knicks acquired Randolph as a part of a sign-and-trade deal last summer involving David Lee. Randolph has appeared in 14 games and averaged two points and 2.4 rebounds.

However, there is no indication yet that the two teams have discussed this possibility yet. What is clear, though, is that the Nuggets will receive far less than had they reached a deal with the Nets.

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Report: Nets To Walk Away From Carmelo Anthony Deal, Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Says

The latest turn in the Carmelo Anthony trade saga has emerged, and this time it comes from New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Russian businessman said during a press conference today that he has instructed the front office to withdraw from any deal. This was a final decision because the process dragged on and has taken up too many of the team's resources.

The proposed deal that fell through would have included the Detroit Pistons to balance out salaries, expiring contracts and draft picks. The Nets would receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and the Pistons' Richard Hamilton. In return the Nuggets would receive rookie Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, several other players and two first-round draft picks (from the Nets). The Pistons would receive Johan Petro and Troy Murphy from the Nets, as well as a draft pick.

Where does this leave the Nuggets now? The New York Knicks could still be a possibility, and the Chicago Bulls may be back in the thick of things. Or the Nuggets could wind up with nothing, not trade Melo before the deadline and then watch him leave for nothing during free agency this summer.

Right now, it appears the Nuggets' front office has overreached in this whole Melodrama.

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Carmelo Anthony Rumor: Are The Chicago Bulls Back Into The Mix?

With the deal to the New Jersey Nets stuck in neutral and the Denver Nuggets not interested in what the New York Knicks are offering, Carmelo Anthony's agents are attempting to get the Chicago Bulls back into the trade picture, reports Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Bulls were in on Anthony back in September, but nothing ever materialized. The Nuggets would likely want Joakim Noah back in any trade, while the Bulls want to move Luol Deng, a player and contract the Nuggets are not inclined to take (according to Wojnarowski). Also, Chicago signed Noah to a five-year, $60 million extension, making it even more unlikely that the team would trade him.

Noah has been out since mid-December with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

While New York is 'Melo's preferred destination, it appears as though Chicago is his second-place landing spot. The Nets are third, if there are that many spots. In Chicago, Anthony would be able to play with young point guard Derrick Rose.

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Report: Nuggets Will Allow Nets To Speak With Carmelo Anthony

If New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is indeed the driving force behind a Carmelo Anthony trade, he may get his chance to take his case directly to "Melo. According to NBA.com and TNT analyst David Aldridge, sources claim the Denver Nuggets have granted the Nets the right to speak with Anthony. This would not be considered tampering because of the permission the Nuggets have reportedly given the Nets.

The biggest stumbling block in finishing a multi-team deal for Anthony is not the players involved; rather, it is that 'Melo has yet to give any indication that he will sign a three-year, $65 million dollar extension, allowing the Nets to retain his services instead of letting him walk this summer in free agency.

During the pregame portion of ESPN's Sunday Night NBA broadcast of the Nuggets-Spurs game, there was a quick report that Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri told Lisa Salters that "nothing is imminent" on the 'Melo trade front. However, if Aldridge's sources are correct, this move appears to show that the Nuggets are ready to accept the Nets' trade offer.

Prokhorov and Nets GM Billy King will need to give the hard sell to Anthony when they meet with him.

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Carmelo Anthony Rumor: Will The Nuggets And Nets Work Out Deal Early Next Week?

While the New York Knicks attempt to lure the Denver Nuggets into a three-team trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, centering on Carmelo Anthony and O.J. Mayo, reports now claim that the Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets could reach agreement on the proposed mega-deal for 'Melo.

Al Iannazzone of the Bergen Record reports that this trade could be finished early next week, possibly after the Nets end their current road trip on Monday. Because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the NBA league offices are closed over the weekend and on Monday.

The Nuggets would receive two first-round draft picks from the Nets, as well as rookie forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow and three other players. The Nets would receive from the Nuggets Carmelo Anthony, point guard Chauncey Billups, forward Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter. The Pistons would send Richard Hamilton and DaJuan Summers to the Nets for Troy Murphy, Johan Petro and a second-round draft pick.

The Nuggets would also need to end their attempt to include All Harrington in this deal, possibly.

And, as always, Carmelo Anthony needs to agree to a three-year, $65 million extension for the trade happens. Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports that Anthony still needs the Nets to demonstrate the team's vision for its future.

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Carmelo Anthony Rumor: Knicks Looking to Involve Memphis Grizzlies, Add O.J. Mayo To Any Deal

The New York Knicks are still interested in trading for the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, but now it appears the Knicks are looking to work out their own three-team deal to land the NBA star. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports:

Knicks have reached out to Memphis about sending OJ Mayo to DEN in 3-team deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to New York, sources say.less than a minute ago via Echofon

 

There is no word yet on what the Knicks would send to Memphis in order to get Mayo and then send him to Denver. It appears as though these talks involving the Grizzlies are not far along and there is still much to be worked out.

O.J. Mayo, who played his college ball for the USC Trojans, was drafted third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008. But on that same day, the T'Wolves sent Mayo, Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric and Antoine Walker to Memphis for Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins, Kevin Love and Mike Miller. Love has emerged as a force to be reckoned with during his 2010-2011 season.

Mayo, though, is having a bit of a touch time in 2010. He's become a player coming off the bench this season, averaging 12.7 points per game. In his previous two seasons, he averaged 18.5 points and 17.5 points.

Mayo was recently involved in a fight with teammate Tony Allen, which led to banning gambling on team flights.

Will a change of scenery to anywhere help Mayo? The bigger question, at least in terms of making a deal happen is if the Nuggets really want Mayo. Let's see if this rumor has any legs.

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New York Knicks Reportedly Still Angling For Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony

With the proposed Carmelo Anthony-to-New Jersey Nets deal seemingly faltering, the New York Knicks are still looking to trade for the Denver Nuggets' star, according to the NY Daily News. Frank Isola has an idea on what a trade would look like:

A deal for Anthony would likely have to include two of these three starters -- Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields -- plus Eddy Curry's expiring contract and at least one first-round pick. The Knicks may also have to take on a player with a long-term contract. Al Harrington could be that player.

Al Harrington has been a stumbling block in the Nuggets-Nets-Pistons deal because the Nets do not want to take on the hefty remains of his contract, which was signed back in the summer. The Knicks would also need to find another first-round draft pick to include in the deal.

Gallinari is a 6-foot-10 forward in his third NBA season, averaging 15.3 points. He was the sixth overall pick in 2008. Guard Landry Fields was the ninth pick of the second round in the 2010 draft. His 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds are an encouraging show of talent for the rookie.

According to all reports, 'Melo's preferred destination is New York, which would make any such deal all but a foregone conclusion.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony Has Not Given Any Approval To Proposed Trade To Nets

The proposed mega-deal that would send the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New Jersey Nets as part of a three-team scenario has hit a wall, and it is over that pesky need for 'Melo to sign an extension with the Nets for it to go down.

ESPN's Chris Broussard tweets that Carmelo Anthony has not told anyone (at least so far) that he will sign an extension with the Nets:

Den, NJ, Det could be working feverishly for nothing. Sources say Melo has never told anyone, not even his reps, he's willing to sign in NJless than a minute ago via Echofon

 

That's the rub that has been overlooked in every trade scenario. Even if the Nuggets, the Nets and all the other teams involved have agreed on the players to trade, Carmelo Anthony still needs to agree to a three-year, $65 million extension.

The proposed trade involves the Detroit Pistons to balance out salaries, expiring contracts and draft picks. The Nets would receive Anthony, Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and the Pistons' Richard Hamilton. In return the Nuggets would receive rookie Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, several other players and two first-round draft picks (from the Nets). The Pistons would receive Johan Petro and Troy Murphy from the Nets, as well as a draft pick.

However, the Nuggets are also insisting the Nets take the contract of Al Harrington to make this deal happen. Well, as long as 'Melo signs the extension. Maybe momentum isn't on the side of this deal either, but sooner or later the Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony need to find an answer to this impasse--be it a trade to Jersey or the Knicks or the Houston Rockets.

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Report: Nuggets Want Nets To Take Al Harrington; NJ Doesn't Want Harrington's Contract

ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that the Denver Nuggets want the New Jersey Nets to take Al Harrington in this proposed mega-deal for Carmelo Anthony. However, the Nets do not want to on Harrington's contract, which has four years and $28 million left on it. Broussard believes that the Nets would like to find a fourth team that would be willing to take Harrington's contract, but would prefer that Denver drop Harrington from the deal.

Harrington has come off the bench for the Nuggets, averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He had a thumb injury around the New Year that kept him out for several games, but has seen an increase in playing time lately.

The Nets and Pistons have not yet come to an agreement over which round the draft pick Detroit receives for also taking Johan Petro.

Will the Nuggets continuing to drag their feet on this trade make a last-minute collapse possible? Stay tuned.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony Trade Involving Nuggets, Nets And Pistons 'Pretty Close'

The rumored mega-deal involving Carmelo Anthony, the Denver Nuggets, the New Jersey Nets and the Detroit Pistons could be close to happening, possibly within days, according to a report by Nets beat writer Al Iannazzone. Iannazzone quotes two unnamed sources:

"It’s pretty close," said one league source.

"Something could get done in the next 48 hours," another NBA source said.

The deal would likely involved 15-to-17 players as well as numerous draft picks. The outline of the deal follows what has already been reported: The Nuggets would receive Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks from the Nets. The Nets would receive Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Nuggets and Richard Hamilton from the Pistons. The Pistons would receive Troy Murphy and his expiring contract, something the Nuggets have not wanted.

Now we know which players the Nuggets might receive from the Pistons: Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh and Stephen Graham. Additionally, the Nets would receive Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams from the Nuggets.

But, according to the report, the Nets would like the Pistons to take Johan Petro, who they don't want. And even if all the teams involved can work out the players involved, the salary swaps and the draft picks, Melo still needs to sign his three-year extension for this deal to work out.

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Report: Nuggets, Nets, Pistons Discussing Mega-Deal For Carmelo Anthony; Chauncey Billups Possibly Included

The New York Post, for what it's worth, reports that the Denver Nuggets, the New Jersey Nets and the Detroit Pistons are discussing a three-team trade centered on the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony. If this trade is consummated, it is possible that up to 17 players could be involved, though the names of all the players involved are not yet known.

What is known is that the Nuggets would receive the Nets' Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and at least two first-round draft picks. The Nets would receive Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups from the Nuggets and Rip Hamilton and Terrico White from the Pistons. When more details emerge, it will appear as though the Nets will completely upend their roster.

But as always, even if the teams can work out the players and salaries that need to be moved, Carmelo Anthony would still need to sign a three-year extension for the trade to go through.

That Chauncey Billups is now included in Carmelo Anthony trade discussions could indicate that the Nuggets do not want to bring Billups back for next season. Harris would then be able to team with Ty Lawson at point guard.

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Report: Nuggets Seek Five Future First-Round Draft Picks For Carmelo Anthony

While the Denver Nuggets are holding off on trade discussions involving Carmelo Anthony until next week, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets are seeking five future first-round draft picks in any deal. Wojnarowski quotes one unnamed executive who doesn't believe that will ever happen, but the Nuggets' front office is serious about this:

Even so, Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke and general manager Masai Ujiri privately insist they’re going to make a team pay a steep price for their franchise player.

If the Nuggets really do want five future first-round selections, then one or two other teams will need to be involved. Apparently, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Portland Trail Blazers have attempted to insert themselves into a potential deal, but they have proven fruitless thus far.

Wojnarowski believes Denver's preferred package is a deal involving the Nets' Derrick Favors and Trail Blazers' Nicolas Batum, but Portland is reluctant to trade Batum and the Nets have been unable to find a third team to take Troy Murphy (who is a required part of any deal) and his expiring contract.

We have about two months until the trade deadline and these rumors are going to keep growing in scope. Which one will turn out true?

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Report: Nuggets, Nets Working On Multiteam Trade For Carmelo Anthony

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets are discussing a new Carmelo Anthony trade proposal. This trade would, Wojnarowski's source claims, lead Anthony to sign an extension with the Nets:

Anthony is inclined to accept a trade and contract extension with New Jersey over his preferred choice of New York only if the Nets are able to bring back a package of significant talent with him, league sources involved in the talks said on Monday.

However, there is much still left to be determined. The Nuggets' power forward, Al Harrington, is the only new name to emerge in this deal. The Nets would still send rookie Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and multiple first-round picks. The other teams or other players involved are not yet known.

However, Wojnarowski posits that three other players could be on the move in this possible deal: Nets point guard Devin Harris and the Nuggets' Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith. Billups is averaging 14.4 points, his lowest since the 2001-02 season with the Timberwolves (12.5). Second-year player Ty Lawson has filled in nicely for Billups, who is currently out with a wrist injury. Trading Billups in any possible deal.

If such a deal between the Nuggets, the Nets and as-of-yet unnamed teams emerges, Wojnarowski's sources believe a deal early in January 2011 is possible.

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Source: Carmelo Anthony Will Only Sign Extension If Traded To New York Knicks

ESPN’s Chris Sheridan is reporting that Carmelo Anthony has informed the Denver Nuggets he will not sign the three-year, $65 million extension unless he is traded to the New York Knicks. Sheridan adds:

The source, using the most definitive language possible, confirmed what has been widely speculated around the NBA over the past two months as Anthony has been at the center of trade talks involving numerous teams.

Apparently, Sheridan’s source learned of this after the Nuggets’ loss to the Knicks on Sunday. Anthony scored 31 points in the loss, though Knicks fans did cheer for him before the game tipped off.

But does this eliminate the Nuggets’ chances of trading Carmelo Anthony? Sheridan indicates that the New Jersey Nets are essentially out of the running because Melo won’t sign an extension with them. However, it may be possible for the Nuggets to find a team that is willing to give up a good package in order to try and win it all this season.

Still, that has also been a possibility for several months now. In the end, all these rumors of the Knicks, the Nets or some other team are a rehashing of news we’ve heard over the last few months. It’s just being repackaged as new.

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Report: Nuggets 'Have All But Decided' To Trade Carmelo Anthony

CBSSports.com’ Ken Berger reports that the Denver Nuggets will trade Carmelo Anthony before the Feb. 24 deadline if he does not sign the team’s extension:

But according to people with knowledge of the team’s strategy, if Anthony doesn’t agree to sign the three-year, $65 million extension by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, the wheels are all but certain to be put in motion to part ways with the three-time All-Star rather than lose him as a free agent and get nothing in return.

Berger’s sources indicate that Denver management believes Carmelo Anthony is willing to play out the season with the Nuggets in order to join the New York Knicks as a free agent in 2011. By doing this, Anthony would run the risk of whatever new salary cap restrictions may appear in the new collective bargaining agreement.

The New Jersey Nets are still a strong possibility, Berger’s sources believe, but Anthony would need to sign an extension to receive the package of Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Kris Humphries and two first-round draft picks.

All in all, this isn’t groundbreaking news. There has been no official indication the Nuggets will trade Anthony, and this is more unnamed sources reporting.

The Denver Nuggets are 13-8 this season, and Anthony is averaging 22.8 points and 8.0 rebounds this season. As of late, Anthony has been in a shooting slump and has battled the flu.

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NBA Teams Willing To Trade For Carmelo Anthony Without Contract Extension?

One of the basic understandings for the Denver Nuggets to trade Carmelo Anthony, that he signs an extension, may not hold true for some teams. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that several NBA general managers would be willing to take the risk of trading for Melo and then watching him walk in July:

A handful of team executives consulted this week by ESPN.com believe there are more than a few teams in circulation that would be willing to trade for Melo without getting his name on an extension, even though the risk of losing Anthony without compensation in July is precisely why countless league observers believe the Nuggets will eventually have to give in and give him up.

Stein goes on to suggest Dallas and Houston as two teams that might be willing to make a deal without Melo signing his extension; however, any trade would likely still involve another team or two to complete the swap.

However, Melo's extension continues to stay on the table and he can sign it any time he wants to do so. We keep hearing how Melo wants to leave, but so much can change over the next three months before the trade deadline and then before July when he becomes a free agent. In the end, Nuggets fans should keep faith in the belief that Melo will see that he has the best chance of winning by staying in Denver.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony 'Hesitant' Toward Joining New Jersey Nets

Chris Broussard of TrueHoop reports that Carmelo Anthony is hesitant to join the New Jersey Nets and will wait until February to be traded:

I was told recently by sources close to Carmelo Anthony that he is hesitant about agreeing to a trade to the New Jersey Nets and that he is willing to wait all the way until the February trade deadline in an effort to force his way to the New York Knicks.

However, Broussard follows that almost immediately by writing that sources believe Melo would accept a trade to New Jersey so he could leave Denver as soon as he can.

In the end, this is the same old same old.

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Carmelo Anthony: 'I Feel It's Time For A Change'

Carmelo Anthony believes he’s done everything he can in Denver and needs to move on to bigger and better things. According to Yahoo! Sports:

“They want to sit down and talk, but my thing is it’s way beyond this year,” Anthony told Yahoo! Sports. “It ain’t got nothing to do with the new GM, Josh, the players. For me, I feel it’s a time for change. If I do nothing now, I’m never going to do anything. I feel like my time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay.”

If the Nuggets don’t trade him during the season, Carmelo Anthony will walk away from Denver and leave the team with nothing in return. It appears as thought Melo believes there is nothing the Nuggets can do to keep him in Denver.

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Nuggets Trying To Include Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith In Carmelo Anthony Trade

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com says Denver wants to net young talent, multiple draft picks, and salary-cap savings when it finally trades Carmelo Anthony; that much hasn’t changed, and Berger is certain the Nuggets will relent and trade their All-Star small forward eventually. New, however, is word that the Nuggets aim to jettison power forward Kenyon Martin and shooting guard J.R. Smith in the deal as well. Martin, 32, and Smith, 25, are in the last year of their contracts.

Interestingly, Martin told Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse last month that he’s not anxious to get back on the court as he recovers from a knee injury:

Ain’t nobody in a hurry to give me a contract, so why would I be in a hurry to rush back and risk further injury?

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Four Way Deal Dead, Nets Still Pursuing Anthony

The complicated trade between Denver, New Jersey, Utah and Charlotte is now officially dead, according to multiple sources. The complexity of the trade as constructed made it a long shot, but that is no longer an option for the Denver front office.

It appears that if a deal is to happen, it would be directly between Denver and New Jersey, as the Nets are still heavily pursuing Anthony’s services before the start of the season.

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Nuggets Working To Send Carmelo Anthony To Nets In Four-Team Swap

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports the Nuggets and Nets are making progress in a deal that would involve Carmelo Anthony going to New Jersey in exchange for third-overall draft selection Derrick Favors and multiple first-round draft picks. The Jazz and Bobcats are also involved in the trade, as Denver would also acquire power forward Andrei Kirilenko, whose $17.8 million expiring contract could aid the Nuggets' rebuilding efforts, from Utah. The Bobcats would get Devin Harris from the Nets, and then send Boris Diaw to the Jazz.

Stein describes the talks between the teams as "serious," but there is one major obstacle that could halt this deal. New Jersey wants Anthony to sign a contract extension prior to being traded, so it must convince him that spending his prime years with the Nets is worthwhile. Without that extension, no deal will happen, and the Nuggets will be back to square one.

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New Jersey Nets Prime Candidate For Carmelo Anthony Trade

The New Jersey Nets appear to have the pole position as trade partners with the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony.

The sources say Anthony is willing to sign an extension with New Jersey and the Nets are ready to offer No. 3 pick Derrick Favors as well as the expiring contracts of Troy Murphy and Kris Humphries as well as “at least one future first-round pick.”

New Jersey GM Kiki Vandeweghe is very familiar with Carmelo Anthony’s skills, as he drafted him back in 2003 while employed as GM of the Denver Nuggets. Anthony may be more willing to sign an extension with his former employer, thus facilitating a trade.

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Potential Suitors For Carmelo Anthony Lining Up

The Philadelphia Inquirer has published a new report, suggesting that the 76ers front office will be exploring a three-way trade with New Jersey and Denver in order to land Carmelo Anthony. In this scenario, the Nuggets' would obtain Andre Iguodala, a player such as Thaddeus Young, and expiring contracts.

While Kate Fagan, the author of the story calls such a scenario "very unlikely to go down", it is another sign that Anthony is a hot commodity on the NBA market.

SBNation.com has compiled a list of potential candidates, including Philadelphia, and the likely pieces they would move in an Anthony blockbuster.

The Nuggets reportedly want one top-flight young player, salary-cap relief and multiple draft picks. Many teams can put together a package like that. Those teams include:

  • Chicago, though they seem unwilling to deal Joakim Noah.
  • Houston, who could provide many of the top picks they received from the Knicks last year.
  • The LA Clippers, who could trade someone like Eric Gordon and a package of picks.
  • Minnesota (don't laugh), who has young players like Kevin Love, Wesley Johnson and even Ricky Rubio, as well as picks.
  • New Jersey, who can deal Brook Lopez, or if not him, first-round pick Derrick Favors.
  • New York, though they lack a lot of draft picks.
  • Philadelphia, if they are willing to potentially give up on Evan Turner so quickly. They also have Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Marreese Speights. 
  • Sacramento, though Anthony doesn't appear to be a good match with Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.

Though this is all still speculation, the hot stove is certainly heating up quickly. Odds now appear to be heavily against Carmelo Anthony playing in a Denver Nuggets uniform for the 2010-2011 season.

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ESPN: Carmelo Anthony, New Nuggets GM Still Haven't Met Face-To-Face

New Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri made it quite clear in his introductory press conference that the plan was to sit down and talk to Carmelo Anthony about a contract extension.

That still hasn’t happened, however, according a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Nuggets officials continue to believe that the sitdown will take place soon. Yet it’s worth noting that they likewise believed entering free agency July 1 that Anthony was close to signing the three-year, $65 million contract extension that Denver formally extended back in June before the draft.

The calls from other teams aren’t going to stop coming in no matter what, but the vigor with which the vultures circle only grows with each new hint of extension resistance from Melo.

I don’t know if I’m reading too much into all of these reports, but it seems more and more likely Anthony is ready to leave Denver.

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Chicago Bulls Interested In Anthony, May Be Willing To Part With Noah

According to internal reports, the Chicago Bulls front office has discussed trading for Carmelo Anthony, and may be willing to give up PF/C Joakim Noah.

Noah, a former Florida Gator and NCAA champion, would fill a need for bigger players with length, something Denver has lacked in recent years. He is also cost controlled at $3.1 million this season, becoming a restricted free agent in 2011.

This report also coincides with earlier discussion that Anthony would like to be traded to either Chicago or New York.

For more in-depth discussion, visit Denver Stiffs

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Nuggets Reportedly Not Fielding Trade Offers For Carmelo Anthony

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Denver Nuggets have yet to make Carmelo Anthony available in trade discussions with other teams, signaling that the Nuggets have not reached a point of no return, so to speak, with their All-Star forward. From Stein:

Yet sources tied to five potential Anthony suitors, reached in recent days by ESPN.com, all relayed the same story about the Nuggets’ response: They’re pretty much ending these conversations before they even start by saying that they don’t want to engage in Melo talks.

Stein cautions that the situation is fluid and could change at any time, but for now, Denver won’t even entertain the possibility of dealing Anthony.

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In Carmelo Anthony Trade Discussions, Nuggets 'Asking For The World'

Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri recently spoke with Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, and as Spears reports, Ujiri is committed to convincing Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony to sign a contract extension with Denver rather than looking for greener pastures as a free agent next summer.

But while Ujiri wouldn’t say anything substantial about the possibility of trading Anthony before he can jilt the Nuggets, Spears does cite a “league source” saying Denver was "asking for the world” when teams called to inquire about Anthony’s trade availability. In other words, don’t expect a firesale.

Spears’ report includes more of Ujiri’s comments on other subjects, including how the absence of head coach George Karl down the stretch last year affected the team. It’s an insightful and worthwhile read.

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Video: New Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri Talks About Carmelo Anthony At Introductory Press Conference

Ujiri Masai, the new general manager of the Denver Nuggets, was introduced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon and, of course, the issue of Carmelo Anthony came up.

Masai didn't say anything groundbreaking, but the following quotes may shed a bit of a light on the new GM's decision-making process.

"I'll wait and talk to Melo and see what he has to say. I think so far things have been positive. There's been a lot of speculation, but hey, that's how it works in our business."

"It's a process," Ujiri said. "Until he tells me that, we want him back, the city wants him back, ownership wants him back. I think they've done a great job here. He's been here seven years, seven years in the playoffs. What he's brought to the city is positive and I think he'll build on that."

Hopefully the "process" doesn't take too long to come to a close.

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Yahoo: Carmelo Anthony Told Josh Kroenke He Wants Out Of Denver Over Weekend Meeting

Carmelo Anthony and new Denver Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke met over the weekend to talk about the direction the two entities were headed.

Apparently the meeting didn’t go well, however, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Denver was furnished with a short list of teams and told to get to work. Yes, this how William Wesley and Leon Rose of CAA work now, thick with threats and ultimatums and a swagger suggesting that the sport belongs to them. After Anthony told owner-in-waiting Josh Kroenke that he still wanted out of Denver during a Sunday meeting, the Nuggets appear done trying to sell their All-Star forward on a contract extension.

This wasn’t a productive, nor particularly pleasant, meeting and multiple sources said it could turn out to be the point of no return for Anthony and the organization. Sources insist it’s no longer a matter of if the Nuggets trade Anthony, but when, where and for whom he’s traded for.

If this report is true, it could hamper the Nuggets bargaining power since other teams know that the Nuggets will be forced to move Anthony regardless.

What could the Nuggets get for Anthony? Wojnarowski has a host of possible destinations that could also include J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin, leading the Nuggets to start anew.

The Nuggets made it clear to teams they want young players and draft picks for Anthony, league executives said. The New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as the two most probable destinations for Anthony because they have assets that appeal to Denver. The geography works for Anthony because of his wife LaLa Vazquez’s entertainment career.

Golden State and Houston are contenders, too. What’s more, the Charlotte Bobcats are a sleeper because of Anthony’s Brand Jordan shoe deal and the team’s ability to give the Nuggets a salary-dump proposal.

If it isn’t ugly yet – and judging by the entire Wojnarowski article, it is – it soon will be for those following the situation.

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ESPN: League Sources Say Anthony Leaving Just A Matter Of When, Not If

While the majority of the NBA’s top players made headlines as free agents this offseason, the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony is expected to garner the majority of the free agency headlines next season.

And, well, he’s not wasting any time according to a report from ESPN’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.

In either case, “he’s going to make it real clear that he’s not coming back,” said one league source.

But both Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and Anthony already are well aware that they don’t have a future together, sources say. That became clear to Kroenke at a reception after Anthony’s July 11 nuptials to La La Vasquez in Manhattan.

Bucher reported that Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, could not be reached for comment and the Nuggets declined to comment.

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Uh Oh, Report Says Carmelo May Not Sign Extension

There isn't a whole lot to say here that hasn't already be said so I'll just go ahead and let HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy tell the story for me:

 

Sources close to the situation don't expect Carmelo Anthony to sign an extension with the Denver Nuggets this summer.less than a minute ago via web

 

Sources say that Carmelo isn't too worried about next season's potential lockout and he wants to explore his options next summer.less than a minute ago via web

 

Also, this may be unrelated, but Anthony is preparing to sell his Denver home.less than a minute ago via web

 

This is just a "sources say" rumor so far, but the fact of the matter is, if Melo is going to take the extension then why has he waited? When will he learn how the new CBA will effect his opportunities to make money elsewhere if he chooses not to sign this deal? Anthony will have all season to sign and stay with the Nuggets. But that certainly won't help anyone in Denver rest easy.

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Report: 'Melo Nears Extension With Nuggets

It appears that Carmelo Anthony will indeed sign a three-year contract extension with the Nuggets, after much uncertainty and worrying from fans; just yesterday, Andrew Feinstein of Denver Stiffs, SBN Nation’s Nuggets blog, expressed his skepticism that Anthony would agree to an extension. From Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post:

Sources close to Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony have said that he expects to accept the team’s offer of a three-year, $65 million contract extension, and [Chauncey] Billups said Tuesday he shares that confidence.

An extension would keep the Nuggets’ franchise player in Denver through the 2014/15 NBA season and take him off next summer’s free-agent market.

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Report: Melo Serious About Signing Extension WIth Nuggets

Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post reports that a league source believes Carmelo Anthony is serious about signing the extension the Nuggets have offered. However, Melo wants some assurances that the team will help improve the front court.

Stay tuned for more, as Melo is only days away from marriage.

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