Carmelo Anthony extension hinges on N.Y. trade
No Wade, no LeBron, no Anthony. Nobody wants to join the Bulls... Why? Is there anything wrong with Chicago? Source: Melo will sign only with N.Y. if traded
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony has told the Denver Nuggets he will not sign the nearly $65 million contract extension he has been offered unless he is traded to the New York Knicks, a source told ESPN.com on Sunday.
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.
And while other franchises might be able to make better offers, Anthony will not agree to sign anywhere long-term unless he is dealt to New York, according to the source, who has been privy to private discussions between Anthony, his representatives and the Nuggets organization.
The source spoke to ESPN.com after Denver's 129-125 loss to New York on Sunday afternoon as the Knicks won their eighth straight game.
Anthony was again coy in discussing his future, but he did move the needle somewhat in making a prediction that the Nuggets will not trade him to a destination that is not on his wish list.
"I don't think so. I don't think that will happen," Anthony said.
Asked why he would make such a definitive statement, Anthony demurred "I don't want to answer that. I don't want to talk about that."
Anthony received a standing ovation from Knicks fans during player introductions after hearing their pleadings on the streets ever since the Nuggets arrived in Manhattan late Friday night.
"Everybody's yelling out the windows: 'Melo we need you in New York.' Of course that feels good when you know someone out there wants you to come and represent their team and represent their city. That's what I took from that," Anthony said.
The New Jersey Nets have been holding out hope that their offer of Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and two No. 1 draft picks would be the best offer available to the Nuggets, but the news that Anthony will not agree to sign with them long-term effectively knocks them out of the bidding.
Anthony is under contract for the 2010-11 season at a salary of $17.14 million and holds a player option for $18.52 million in 2011-12. If he remains with Denver until the end of the season and exercises his early termination option, he would become an unrestricted free agent. Anthony has not publicly ruled out the possibility of staying with the Nuggets long-term, acknowledging only that he is weighing all his options. Signing the extension would put him under contract through the 2014-15 season, and if the Knicks were to acquire him they'd pair him alongside Amar'e Stoudemire and fulfill the goal they've worked toward for more than two years: Having two max-salary players as the cornerstones of their team. "Whatever decision I make, that is going to be the first thing that gets done," Anthony said of signing the extension. So the question now becomes more of a "when" than an "if." The Knicks and Nuggets have discussed several variations of trades that would include Eddy Curry's expiring contract, Danilo Gallinari and other pieces, including a No. 1 pick the Knicks are confident they can acquire from a third team through a trade. Denver also would have interest in Knicks rookie Landry Fields, who has started at shooting guard in all 25 games for the surging Knicks (16-9). New York also is known to have held trade discussions with several teams involving Wilson Chandler and Anthony Randolph, and some combination of the above-mentioned players would have to be agreed upon by the Knicks and Nuggets to make the deal happen sometime between now and the NBA trade deadline of Feb. 24. "In my gut right now, I can't say. I don't know. With these things you never know," Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri said. "I'm still assessing the situation, still figuring out a lot of stuff. He's still here, and I'm sure everybody thought he was going to be gone in training camp. So it's promising that he's still here." Stoudemire has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, a team record, and New York has won 13 of 14 since losing at Denver in mid-November. "When we played them in Denver the first time, they looked like a totally different team than right now," Anthony said. "They've got a lot of rhythm going out there, it seems like everyone's on the same page, and they're rolling right now."
At least we got Boozer. Thanks #5!
I would rather get a shooting guard anyways. It would make us the most complete team with the emergence of Rose as a possible top 5 player in the league at this point
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Why? I mean the Bulls signed Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer in the offseason. They both can play shooting guard and small forward.
Originally Posted by motownbear
A few months ago you were saying that Luol Deng is not worth his contract. Carmelo Anthony would have been a great addition for the Bulls.
well allot of new things have happened
1. noone wants Deng's contract
2. impending strike
3. if a new collective bargaining is struck with lower salaries we lose Rose if we add another max player. They want lower salaries and a hard cap. With a hard cap there is no more luxury tax teams. And even if we could go into the luxury tax per rules since the jordan bulls Reinsdorf has not approved that type of payroll
4. They want Noah
dude I like Anthony believe me and I would love to have him. But I see Noah as a guy I dont want to trade the way he has been playing this year. When I suggest shooting guard Im looking for a sharp shooter non max contraxt caliber player. A guy that can add 13 points per game and can shoot the ball when Rose kicks it out to him. Korver is ok but more a bench player. Brewer blows. Any cap space left needs to be saved for Rose's max contract next year.
Is there someone in particular you'd like to see as a shooting guard in Chicago?
good question lol um idk really. There are rumors OJ Mayo is available but he has been struggling and we would be trading for a rental player we cant re-sign in a year and a half. If Denver turns into a firesale maybe a guy like Arroyo. My main concern is what we give up and how does it effect the signability of Rose. We have all our picks for the next three years and a first rounder from Charlotte that progressively can get better whenever we choose to use it in the next 5 years(I know its tripped out situation and hard to explain I read it and still dont understand it lol). I think we should be patient and see whats up. For once I see them really trying to get better and they are looking over options which is a really good sign and a big change
In hindsight, i wish we went after Rudy Gay instead of chasing wade and lebron. I know he's a three, but i think he could be a 2. Oh well, hopefully someone becomes for sale. Like Mo said, he doesn't have to be a huge stud, just a shooting thread that could also create their own shot.
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Gay got a max deal so there was no way he was leaving either way but Im with you I wish we could have traded for him. I didnt think they would keep him. But you are right we need someone who can just take advantage of the Rose and Boozer double teams. Like what Steve Kerr did for us. Someone that will punish the other team with that spot on three pointer when everyone collapses on Rose as he is driving to the hoop. Who is that guy? IDK lol
chadfordinsider Chat Wrap: Is Melo in a NJ or Empire State of Mind? Magic running out of options? Mayo to the Bulls? Perry Jones No. 1? http://es.pn/fAmaun 32 minutes ago
that is a tweet on espn but got to have insider to view it. Now that everyone on the team is trade eligible this becomes pretty relevant. They speculate Mayo to the Bulls and to me makes sense. I dont think we will be able to re-sign him but it is better then the crap we have now at sg. Prob would take us trading rights to that charlotte pick we got for Tyrus. I dont mind it we are in win now mode. Lets do this!
Are they talking about O.J. Mayo (SG) of the Memphis Grizzlies?
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