Carmelo Anthony in Denver is like a loose tooth ready to fall out, or so it seems as word leaks out that Anthony has little intention of signing a contract extension AND staying in Denver. The question for Knicks fans is “when Carmelo has clearly twisted himself from those Mile High gums, will Donnie Walsh beat all the other tooth fairies to pick Melo up while leaving a little something under that Denver pillow?”
Now, this could be Walsh’s defining moment. This could be Carmelo Anthony’s defining moment. This will probably be Denver’s redefining moment for the foreseeable future.
Besides the persistent rumors from those now famous anonymous “sources inside the camp” or “sources familiar with the situation,” Knicks fans are buoyed by the chance that Anthony will force the Nuggets to trade him by the December deadline to the Knicks. The lastest msm reports have Carmelo, who played in Syracuse, pining for New York encouraged by wedding toasts from Amar’e and Chris Paul. According to the New York Post, Carmelo “could sign the three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets have offered, then force the team to trade him. Or he could refuse to sign, leaving the Nuggets to trade him or receive nothing when he becomes a free agent after this season.”
Of course, Denver could trade Carmelo by the trade deadline. The attractiveness of this option depends on the team’s future plans and the offers from other teams. The Nuggets are currently fielding inquiries about Anthony trade scenarios without an official general manager. The Nuggets could agree to execute the extension and trade Anthony. Some analyst suggest signing the extension is urgent for Anthony if he wants to avoid the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement which is expected to be less financially favorable for players. However, given that the NBA has been off on all its doomsday predictions, Anthony and the other NBA players are probably less concerned about star player max contracts than they are about overall revenue sharing.