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Report: Carmelo Anthony going to leave Denver

Aug 16, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

canthony_arty.jpgYou thought I was kidding when I said Carmelo Anthony was going to be the next LeBron James.

Not on the court, there James is still vastly superior (to use one stat, Anthony had an All-Star level PER of 22.2 last season, while LeBron had a League-leading 31, and the last player other than James to have a PER over 31 was Michael Jordan in the 1992 season).

But like LeBron before him, Melo is about to be the lightning rod of free agent rumors for next season. He will be at the heart of countless rumors and hype.

The latest comes from Ric Bucher at ESPN — Carmelo Anthony is not going back to Denver.

League sources say it is now a matter of when, not if, Anthony and the Nuggets will go their separate ways.

Anthony is weighing whether to sign a three-year, $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets. His dilemma, league sources say, is what affords him the best chance of continuing his career elsewhere. Anthony could sign with Denver and convince the team to then trade him. His other option would be to not sign the extension, thereby forcing the team to move him rather than risk losing him next summer as a free agent.

League sources are usually people not with the Nuggets. Those may or may not be people with an interest in seeing Anthony on the move. But whether you choose to believe this particular report or not, there is now become a chorus of voices saying Anthony at the very least is seriously debating whether or not to come back to Denver.

If Anthony makes it clear to Denver that he is gone after this season, they would really have no choice but to make a trade to get some value for the superstar they would lose. There might even be a sign-and-trade for the three-year, $65 million extension that Anthony is now ignoring.

However, Denver wanting to do a trade and Anthony ending up where he wants — New York or another destination — are two different things. And a whole different set of rumors. Just like we saw with LeBron all of last season.

  1. Jake - Aug 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Not saying he will stay or leave, bit I give it another 24 hours until either he or his agent “Deny” this source.

  2. Bob - Aug 16, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see Melo bolt, but I wonder if these league sources are the same ones who were convinced that LeBron was going to re-sign with Cleveland or go to the Bulls. Unless a source is either close to Melo or within Denver’s front office, I wouldn’t give it much credence.

  3. Mack - Aug 16, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Knicks need to go get him now!!!

  4. Craig W. - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Ric Bucher – Isn’t this the guy who can’t shoot straight?

  5. Sal - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Who cares if he leaves! He’s nothing more than a complimentary player. Just like LeBron, this two losers think they got the goods and can’t handle being the man and instead, look to leave town. I guess Amare and Melo can’t handle being Kobe’s bitches no more.

  6. nuggets fan 5 - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    i thought melo was TRYING to win a championship why would he go to New York they cant win all they have is amare studamire and on one elsa the smart thing to do is melo and cp3 hook up in denver

  7. rizzo - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Stoudamire, Tony Parker and Melo will make a solid Big Three. As good as the Heat.

  8. wes - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    the smart would be go to orlando

  9. Bizzle - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    couldn’t happen to a better fanbase
    Still think your team is better than the Lakers Thuggets fans?

  10. wes - Aug 17, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    the smart would be go to orlando

  11. HelloThere - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:17 AM

    I agree… go to Orlando, Melo. After this year, Vince Carter’s huge salary is off the books.
    And if Nuggets end up trading him, I’d really like to see him go back “home” to the Wizards. Yeah, he’s from Baltimore, but D.C. is close enough. Wizards have quite a few players they can trade. Josh Howard, Al Thornton, Gilbert Arenas, Kirk Hinrich.
    And if Nuggets are getting rid of Melo, they are “starting over” so they might want to get rid of JR Smith while they do that. Wizards… get on the phone!

  12. craigolney - Aug 17, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Melo is the man. Would be okay if he stayed in Denver, but if he leaves it is all business. Folks thinking guys cant handle being the man have no understanding of the history of this league. If he plays with other elite players it will extend is career, so he can keep getting large contracts and set generations of his family up with a lifestyle he was not able to have while growing up. Professional sports is a business, stop thinking these guys have to be loyal to a city or fans. Owners and fans are not loyal to the players who go out and play their hearts out – Babe Ruth was traded, Wayne Gretzky was traded, MJ was distanced by the Bulls. Enjoy the teams that are put on the field, court, etc for you and cheer them on, and if you don’t like them; don’t buy tickets, merch ,etc.
    It is Denvers choice to think they have to trade him before his contract is up. Melo is going to play this season and fulfill his obligations both parties signed on. If they want to get players or picks before next year then go ahead, but Melo should not be demonized for keeping his options open when his contract expires. If owners think they have a player that can help them win a championship, then as a business owner it is their responsibility to build around that piece with everything they can. It is the owners who want the fans money , so they have the responsibility to put the very best product out there and not spin it to the fans that is the players fault. Don’t let billionaire owners fool you, it is about money for them. They don’t care who is on the floor for them, if they did care about who represents their company, half these guys would not be working for them if they did not play sports.

  13. Brandan - Aug 17, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    is incredible how ignorant people can be. Melodies is the man, and some haters just can’t stant that LeBron is better than Kobe, who is never been by himself in the Lakers. Before it was Shaq, now is Gasoline, he is never been by himself. Melodies and LeBron one way or the other have cariex their teams. Remember when the Lakers didn’t make the playoffs cause Kobe was by himself? Stop flaming players for not wanting to play alone, no team has won a championship based in only one player.
    The best options for Melo out there are Orlando and Washington in my opinion. With the newly acquired John Wall, and Kirk Hinrich, not mentioning that having Josh Howard coming as a sixth man cor him could be a team funvto watch. If he goes to orlando he can pair with Jameer Nelson in a style already familiar to Melo’s and Dwight Howard in the paint who every year seems more and more unstopable. He could beOrlando’s missing piece.

  14. Dallasdoobman - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Melo to Dallas!!!

  15. Randall - Aug 17, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    This could be fun. Melo wants to go to NY but the Knicks have squat to offer. He’s gonna want to sign that 65mil extension but obviously wants out of Denver; maybe Kroenke actually makes the best trade for his organization?
    I do like him going to Washington, but I doubt he likes it. Still, good young players + expiring contracts = trade talks. Would he like being second banana to Wall? Would he tolerate a rebuilding situation? How much happiness does 65mil buy?

  16. jaylon - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    he shouldnt go to orlando just sayin.

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