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Carmelo Anthony will take Manhattan. Maybe. That or the money.

Aug 10, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

CAnthony_stares.jpgSitting in front of Carmelo Anthony is a three-year, $65 million extension to stay in Denver. But like a high school student with his algebra homework in front of him, Anthony is dreaming of a far off place.

New York, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Anthony, an ideal fit for the Knicks, already has told confidants this summer that he’s eager to explore playing in New York. His dilemma is whether to turn down a three-year, $65 million extension offer from the Nuggets with only 10 months left in the current collective bargaining agreement. The new deal is expected to be much less lucrative for players. Sources say owners who were rattled by this summer’s free-agent frenzy — orchestrated by CAA, which represented James, Wade and Chris Bosh — are determined to clamp down not only on player salaries in the new agreement, but also player movement.

Anthony’s desire to play in New York is so strong, sources say, that those close to the three-time All-Star have scoffed at the efforts of executives touting themselves as being able to deliver him.

“Carmelo already wants to play in New York,” one person with knowledge of his plans told CBSSports.com. “He doesn’t need anybody to bring him there. He’s a gunslinger. That situation is perfect for him.”

First things first — the owners are the ones to blame for this summer’s free agent frenzy, not CAA. It was not CAA offering Darko Milicic four years, $20 million. It was not CAA giving Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson max deals. It was the Knicks themselves that knew they had to overpay to get Amare Stoudemire. And the list of guys getting big tickets continues on down to Amir Johnson and others. A lot of guys got overpaid who had nothing to do with Miami and CAA. It’s on the owners.

If the owners want to clean up the NBA salary situation, they need to start with that guy in the mirror.

As for Anthony, his decision is simply how bad does he want to go to New York. He’s a gunner — a not terribly efficient gunner — and that could mean a big payoff on the court in New York. He could pair very, very well with Amare Stoudemire. There’s a lot to like.

Unless you want the most money you can get. Then you sign the $65 million deal in Denver. Because whatever the new economic reality is after the next lockout ends, it will not be as good for the players as it is now. Carmelo’s offers next summer may be max but they will be less per year. The end of the deal may not be guaranteed. A lot of things can happen, but most won’t be good.

So, take the money, or is it bright lights, big city? We may not find out until next summer, but the drama will keep building.

  1. mje - Aug 11, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Where’s the Darko Milicic tag?
    Seriously dude, give it a rest. If the TWolves are as bad as you think they are, you don’t need to mention them on a daily basis.

  2. JKG - Aug 11, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    It doesn’t matter the Knicks always overpay! Dolans aka Money in the Bank!

  3. luffy - Aug 11, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    It doesn’t matter, Lakers are still gonna win it all…

  4. Drew - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    It’s not just about the big lights and the big city, it’s about winning. New York is probably a better fit in terms of building a winning team at this point. Denver’s window is closing fast and they haven’t gotten good enough to beat the Lakers in the West.

  5. ocgunslinger - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    A losing organization is a losing organization. After a few years there he will be looking to join a contender in a supporting role with a chance to win his first ring.

  6. Melo better stay @ 5280 and forget the 212 - Aug 11, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    1. A horrible team is a horrible team, the Knicks are going no where and will not be contenders for the championship in the next 10 yrs.
    2. A’mare didn’t help Phoenix will a ring so why would he help the sorry Knicks win one?!?
    3. Nuggs have A LOT better chance of winning it then the Knicks have in the last 10 yrs and this will continue for the next 10 yrs!
    4. The Nuggs could have beat the Lakers last yr, but they were emotionally disrupted by the departure of their head coach due to cancer. George Karl is better now so watch out!!!
    5. Mello will be a small fish in the ocean in the NYC. No one really cares bout the Knicks in NYC it’s not the Yankees fool!
    6. Mello listen to NAS’ song “Not going back!” !! Going back to NY to ball is dumb, waste of ur time.
    7. MELLO, I REPEAT! MELLO WILL NEVER GET AS MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT IN NYC AS HIS DOES IN THE MILE HILE CITY!! EVER!!! MELLO AIN’T GOING NO WHERE!!

  7. Melo better stay @ 5280 and forget the 212 - Aug 11, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    1. A horrible team is a horrible team, the Knicks are going no where and will not be contenders for the championship in the next 10 yrs.
    2. A’mare didn’t help Phoenix will a ring so why would he help the sorry Knicks win one?!?
    3. Nuggs have A LOT better chance of winning it then the Knicks have in the last 10 yrs and this will continue for the next 10 yrs!
    4. The Nuggs could have beat the Lakers last yr, but they were emotionally disrupted by the departure of their head coach due to cancer. George Karl is better now so watch out!!!
    5. Mello will be a small fish in the ocean in the NYC. No one really cares bout the Knicks in NYC it’s not the Yankees fool!
    6. Mello listen to NAS’ song “Not going back!” !! Going back to NY to ball is dumb, waste of ur time.
    7. MELLO, I REPEAT! MELLO WILL NEVER GET AS MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT IN NYC AS HIS DOES IN THE MILE HILE CITY!! EVER!!! MELLO AIN’T GOING NO WHERE!!

  8. FLIP21 - Aug 11, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Thank you ocgunslinger! A losing organization is a losing organization! aka NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS!!! THEY HAVE BEEN BUMS EVER SINCE MAGILLA GORILLA (EWING) WAS CHOKING IN THE PLAYOFFS VS INDY PACERS AND REGGIE EMBARRASSED THEM!

  9. Anonymous - Aug 11, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    I would love to see Parker, Melo, & Stoudemire go up against Wade, LeBron, & Bosh.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    this sounds alot like Cleveland fans at this time last year…

  11. Kirk - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Consider
    1) the stars that were drafted after that sorry basketball playing impersonator
    2) Minnesota’s always in the lottery and has the nerve to complain that they don’t get a higher pick
    3) If they were a company NOT in the NBA they’d have gone out of
    business
    All complaints should be placed on their tombstones !

  12. Drew - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    I’d love to see Melo stay in Denver, but their championship window has closed. LA has gotten better while Denver has stayed basically the same. Chauncey is another year older. K-Mart is another injury-riddled year older. They haven’t gotten bigger upfront, which is what hurt them in the last two playoffs. For as much talent as they have, they just aren’t at the next level of contenders. If they don’t win this year, you really have to think about blowing it up and starting over.

  13. chimwemwe msiska - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    that’s not true carmelo sucks big time

  14. Pat - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Funny how people are saying “a horrible team is a horrible team” as is The Nuggets weren’t a Horrible team just a few years ago. Anthony and Stoudemire can turn any team around. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Carmelo-Anthony-to-the-Knicks/137698396269740

  15. Anonymous - Aug 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    You’re dreaming…….WAKE UP!!!

  16. erick - Aug 12, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    i hope melo comes to the knicks,,people forget that he a east coast kid matter fact he was born in brooklyn then moved to baltomore around 8,,he also played ball for syracuse…plus unlike lebron who brand can do great no matter where he at,, melo’s brand would sky rocket by coming to the city…plus his wifey a VJ and NYC the best place for her so it jus make sense

  17. caleb bart - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    carmelo is going to the knicks he even
    sold his house in denver i think he should go to the knicks
    if it’s 2010 or 2011 the knicks are a threat for the playoffs
    this year the knicks even have a shot at chris pual in 2012
    carmelo coming to the big apple the knicks are a good
    team for carmelo why else would he not agree to a contract
    from the nuggets

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