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Carmelo isn't being traded, plus he'll sign the Denver deal. He has no real choice.

Jul 6, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

Thumbnail image for Anthony_game.jpgAmare wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to New York. He has not signed the $65 million extension in front of him from the Nuggets because he wants more out of them — if he doesn’t get it he could be gone.

No, he’s not.

The Nuggets aren’t going to trade him. He can posture, but he will sign the deal. He is not a guy with a lot of leverage.

First, about that trade idea, no way Denver does that. They are too smart for that. Don’t believe me. Check out what a Nuggets official told ESPN’s Chris Broussard:

“There is no way we are trading Carmelo Anthony,” the official said. “We’re 100 percent certain of that.”

Secondly, Melo is going to sign that deal sitting on the table. He says he is undecided, but he’ll sign it. Unless he doesn’t like money.

This year’s max guys are talking about making $1 million or so less over three years whether they sign with the home team or take their skills on the road. (It’s the sixth year of a max deal that is the big boost, the larger raises are not a huge boost the first few years of a six-year deal.)

But if Melo does not sign the three-year, $65 million deal in front of him, he will sign a deal a deal under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. We don’t know what that will be, but you can bet it won’t be great for players coming out of this recession. Max deals will be less, you can bet on it. (Yes, I know, I saw what teams are signing the Amir Johnson’s of the world for, but nobody thinks there will not be some give back by the unions in the new deal.)

So Melo can sign the $65 million now and have that grandfathered in, made max money for three years. Or, he can bet the players will be better off under the new CBA. Exactly. He signs.

Carmelo Anthony is a Nugget. Get used to it. He’s going nowhere for a while.

  1. SM - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    This is an extremely poorly written and edited piece. The Nuggets could lost Melo for nothing and Melo could wall away via free agency for more years and guaranteed money. Anyone who is this certain that Melo will sign the extension really has zero idea what’s going to happen.

  2. EM - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Melo will take a legacy over $ and there is ZERO legacy in Denver. Right now, no one will remember Melo when he’s gone unless he gets a ring. He’s too good to stay in Denver and he knows it.

  3. Bill - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    “Amare wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to Denver.”
    Isn’t Carmelo already in Denver?

  4. Josh - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Congrats Bill. You just made a fool of yourself. The story instead states, “Amare wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to New York.” As in the Knicks, where he just signed. Don’t critique someone when you yourself haven’t even read the information in detail.

  5. alets - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    I don’t see why all of you are so worried about Phil Jackson’s return. Anybody can win with MJ/Scottie, Kobe/Shaq, Kobe/Gasol.

  6. John McCann - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    I’m not so sure that max deals will be less in the new CBA.
    The things the owners REALLY want are lower % of revenues to players and/or a harder cap as well as shorter and/or partially non-guaranteed contracts.
    If the players decide they don’t want a limit on any one contract, but give the owners all the other stuff, then there is a deal to be had.
    I hope all these top free agents are building opt-outs into their deals.

  7. Axe Head - Jul 6, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Anthony has no leverage? If “absolutely MUST have a max deal”, then yeah, he’s backed himself into a corner. Poor him.

  8. bill - Jul 6, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    He changed the article after my comment was posted, jackhole.

  9. stiltman - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    How many rings do Jordan or Kobe have for which Phil doesn’t have a match as their coach, between them?
    That’s right. Zero.
    Why? Because neither Jordan nor Kobe are or were instinctive team players. They’re shoot-first scorers at heart who don’t just instinctively “get it” that their desire to drop 50 whenever they want doesn’t help their team win, just like Wilt Chamberlain was 40 years ago. Phil seems to have a gift for getting talent-great but team-poor players like that to buy into the idea that if they want to maximize their own greatness, they have to set that me-first instinct aside and blend their own gifts into the unit, that hasn’t really been seen before or since. If Wilt had had Phil he probably would’ve won more than just two rings.

  10. Kevin - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Forget the content itself – this is the most poorly written article I have ever read. Just because social media allows everyone to play amateur journalist doesn’t mean everyone should. Try to at least string together a complete sentence before posting your opinion.

  11. Caldo - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    I don’t know if Carmelo will sign or not, but before criticizing the reporter for writing a poorly edited article, you should probably try to get your verb tense right, SM. I mean, “The Nuggets could lost Melo for nothing”? That ain’t so good English SM. You should fire your editor

  12. Ron Houston - Jul 6, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Hey Doofus, before you criticize someone’s writing skills, take a look at your own.elsadat accur

  13. kels - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    So if anyone can win with kobe,shaq or gasol.. What happend in Cleveland with King James/Shaq… Its not all about the coaching or the individual player. Its about the TEAM!!! And everyone one the TEAM have to buy in and BELIEVE they can win!!!

  14. Matt - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Look, folks, it’s either one of two things:
    1. Melo will sign the big-money extension with the Nuggets.
    2. Melo will leave many millions of dollars on the table in hope of winning more somewhere else.
    #2 might be possible if Melo could hook up with a superteam that has LeBron and one other A-list player (someone like Wade or Bosh). But if Melo’s only choices are big money in Denver or a lot less money on the road to nowhere with the Bad News Knicks, then he’s staying in Denver. The Knicks have no better chance of winning a future title than the Nuggets.

  15. Dan - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Was this article written by a 6th grader? Poor grammar throughout, it has no flow whatsoever. That being said, at least this author doesn’t censor everything negative like Rick Chandler, the most thin-skinned baby of them all.
    PS my apology to all 6-graders out there.

  16. Lindel - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Dont be so ignorant Alets,you try keeping those superstars ego in check.

  17. Dan - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Was this article written by a 6th grader? Poor grammar throughout, it has no flow whatsoever. That being said, at least this author doesn’t censor everything negative like Rick Chandler, the most thin-skinned baby of them all.
    PS my apology to all 6-graders out there.

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