Most of the discussion around the Carmelo Anthony trade talks have centered around when, not if, Melo would sign an extension to remain a Denver Nugget. He has been the centerpiece of this team since he was drafted and should remain so well into, if not for all of his career. However, as we get further and further into his current contract without an extension, Nugget fans may have to start accepting the possibility that Anthony would most likely be traded before he was allowed to hit the open market.
With an eye on how megastars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have held the league’s competitive balance in their fickle hands and turned this summer’s free-agency period into a three-ring circus, the Nuggets seem determined not to let Anthony do the same in Denver.
While their offer of a hefty contract extension proves the Nuggets hope Anthony will remain the face of the franchise for years to come, the team is prepared to trade Melo rather than let him walk as a free agent next summer, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.