Over at SBNation.com, Matt O'Brien has a run down of the top NBA free agents next season. To no surprise, the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony takes the top spot:â†µ
1. Carmelo Anthony (ETO). Carmelo is to 2011 what LeBron was to 2010. Except next summer, there aren't a host of other veritable superstars available as well, like there was this past one. So if Carmelo does turn down Denver's standing extension offer -- potentially leaving tens of millions on the table if he waits for the new CBA -- every team with cap space and/or sign-and-trade assets will likely make a push for the former Syracuse star. The Knicks, of course, figure to be prominently involved.â†µ
And unlike LeBron James, Melo won't make a mockery of free agency. He won't have "The Decision" on television. And in the end, I doubt we'll even have to talk about this next summer. I think he signs the Nuggets' extension offer before the end of the upcoming season.â†µ
Nene also makes an appearance on this list, just outside of the top 10. O'Brien sees Nene leaving Denver if Melo also leaves.