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Carmelo Anthony needs to figure out then announce his intentions, whatever they are

Aug 17, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for CAnthony_stares.jpgThis is where we have come to — the Denver Nuggets and team fans not wanting to get “LeBron’d.”

It’s the result of a few factors: the free agency circus of this summer, the fact that Carmelo Anthony has not yet signed an extension with the Nuggets, and a ton of people willing to speculate. But it all comes together in the Denver Post today, with columnist Mark Kiszla saying the Nuggets should be proactive.

The Nuggets are now considering a strategy to part ways with their 26-year-old star forward, according to a league source.

After quietly gauging trade interest in Anthony for weeks, the team’s consternation has only risen as he has made no move to accept a $65 million offer for a three-year contract extension that was formally presented more than a month ago…

The time has come for the Nuggets to give Anthony a deadline to sign the extension.

Let’s all take a step back from the edge and take a deep breath. I mean, there is no rush here — Anthony could sign that three-year, $65 million extension up until June 30, 2011. Denver has until the trading deadline in February to move him if they think he is not coming back. That is six months away. We are not on that tight a deadline here.

And let’s look at what Anthony himself said:

“I’m just taking my time with it. Obviously, everybody knows I’m loyal to the Denver Nuggets community and to the Denver Nuggets. I’ve shown that over my seven-year stint here. I don’t think anybody can question that. But at this point in time, I have to do what’s best for me and my family. I’m just taking my time, figuring out if I want to take that extension or not.”

He sounds conflicted, which is pretty much what happens to all of us when faced with a life-altering decisions. He has a wife now (a wife from New York, so have fun with that). The Nuggets are stuck in the middle, being good but not on a path to move to the Lakers tier of elite in the West, if anything Denver is aging. Maybe on the court Anthony wants a fresh start. But he also realizes that could come at a steep financial price. If he leaves as a free agent  whatever max deal he can sign under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will almost certainly not be in excess of $20 million a year like the Denver offer.

Anthony should be allowed to take his time and think this through. It’s a hard decision.

But at some point, in the next month or two, before the season starts, he needs to make his call. Sign the extension or tell Denver management he wants out, or push them to find a sign and trade. Then have the Nuggets quietly figure out what they can get if they do have to trade him. Just be clear what he intends to do, once he figures that out.

The hard part of the LeBron decision was not the decision itself — talking less money to play with the best and go after a ring is not something we should criticize — but the way it went down. Cleveland, both the fans and franchise, were strung along with hope until it was too late and their hopes were dashed on national television. Denver has learned a lesson and doesn’t want to go through that.

Carmelo Anthony needs to make his decision then tell Nuggets ownership whatever it is. Be clear. He doesn’t have to decide today or tomorrow, but he shouldn’t string Denver along for as long as he can

  1. hnirobert - Aug 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    My eyes are bleeding after reading the title of this post (Carmelo Anthony needs to figure out then announce his intentions, whatever they are), nevertheless the actual entry.

  2. craigolney - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Don’t count out team Brooklyn getting involved in all of this. Brooklyn is going to be the team most guys are keeping an eye on. A new owner, a new team in a part of NYC that every hip hop artist considers the “holy land”. To be the face of the Brooklyn franchise would be a great opportunity for a guy in the league.

  3. gianthinker - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    COME TO THE KNICKS!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE COME TO THE KNICKS!!!!!

  4. Anonymous - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    rumor is he is going to the cavx !!!!!!!!!!! wow screw you lebron

  5. MJ - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Duh, why. Why tell everyone that at the end of the season you are leaving. Is that like giving 10 months notice. That didn’t work out very well for Paul. 2 weeks notice is the standard practice. When a player is traded, how much notice should he get. Should the owners be required to notify players of their intentions 10 months in advance. Should poker players be required to show their cards before betting. How much razzing would Anthony get from the press and the fans in that period of time. Nobody is being strung along here. If Nugget management can’t figure this one out they haven’t got a brain in their head. Hey Shaq, in the middle of the season we’re going to trade you. Then at the end of the season you are going to be traded again. Then after another year you will be a free agent and nobody will want you. Sound good.

  6. in FLORIDA - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    sorry, but I’m getting sick of this “I have to do what’s best for my family” bullsh*t. you already HAVE taken care of your family… for the next several generations in fact. come up with something original to postpone making a decision like, “gee, I want to see who else they’re going to bring in so we can compete for a title, and how much money they’re willing to spend to do it, and if I don’t like what I see, I’ll check out other options”.
    be a man and make a decision LeBron Jr.

  7. givemeabreak - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Anthony has already shown he can’t win with a good (maybe even great) supporting cast, Denver should be happy to move him as long as they can get future draft picks and some young talent like Favors and Lopez. Let the Russian spend his ill gotten gains on chasing a title with a loser like Anthony.

  8. Evan - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    I feel for the Denver fans…doesn’t this all sound so familiar?…History repeats itself. Say goodbye to your franchise player just like we had to in Cleveland.

  9. why r u surprised - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    I have watched Carmelo his entire career in Denver and he has had the support staff in the past season’s and he just can’t get the job done! He simply is a tool! Get what you can from him in a trade and let’s move on!

  10. BallerIQ - Aug 17, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    He has had one of the best teams in the NBA for awhile now, and can’t seem to get past the conference finals. On paper they were a better team than Utah, but chemistry and coaching is not something that shows up on a stat sheet. I like Melo, he’s a top 5 offensive player, but something is missing, maybe its leadership or just that laid back attitude he puts out.

  11. Mike - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    I also heard that he was considering (CONSIDERING) Cleveland as well. The supporting cast in Cleveland is still stronger than Denver or New York. He has a better chance of winning immediately with a team like the Cavs that is young and experienced. Even if he chooses a short term sign and trade, he could still move on to New York if it didn’t pan out in Cleveland.

  12. michael - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    not only is this article ludicrous, it contains so many spelling errors that the author and editor should be embarrassed.

  13. BallerIQ - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    What?
    The Cavs team better than Denver? Dude, no, just no, maybe if they had Lebron still… They surrounded that team with catch and shoot players that depended on Lebron to create, while Melo can create his own shot, he can’t be the playmaker the Cavs need to succeed. Ramon Sessions might be able to fill that role, but Melo would be going into a much worse situation if ever he does go to Cleveland.

  14. eman - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Michael, you forgot to capitalize the first letter of your sentence. Thank you for making me laugh. Why don’t you post your thoughts on a website that considers spelling and punctuation the most important part or posting. This is a sports website.

  15. mensa - Aug 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Re: MJ — you have it correct
    — Carmelo does not owe the Nuggets or the city of Denver any explanation — he is following the rules of the business – -he can wait until next June if he chooses, to reveal “his decision”.
    Re: in FLORIDA — you are just another clown
    It is a decision for his future and the future of his family, whether they are taken care of currently or not. Perhaps it is about better opportunity – so what — under the rules he can “wait and see”. The bottom line is most people on this site fall into the 95% of Americans who HAVE LESS – I am certain you (in FLORIDA) are not in the other 5% !!! Carmelo has not done anything wrong regarding his contract negotiations. He just happens to be a wealthy “baller” ( not kissing @#$ )and this pisses alot of people off.

  16. Anonymous - Aug 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    So sorry- there is NO WAY ON THIS PLANET that we (NJNETS FAN HERE) would EVER give Denver Lopez, let alone Lopez AND Favors. Wow. Are you delusional?

  17. Malik - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    “talking less money to play with the best and go after a ring is not something we should criticize”.
    Yes because $110 million to play a game is something we all should hold up as a sacrifice. When I came into the Army in 1985 I made $252 every 2 weeks, 22 years, 7 months, 26 days, 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars w/V, 3 CIB’s, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Ranger Tab, Scuba, Air Assault, Drill Sergeant, Jungle Patch, and numerous missed important dates of my daughter and wife later.
    Oh what the hell, taking less miliions on top of the millions you been getting since you left high school is certainly nothing to criticize.
    Get a grip, it’s sports!

  18. Chicagofan4ever - Aug 17, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    How about getting him to sign the extension and then sending him to Chicago for Loul Deng and James Johnson (First Round Draft Pick from 2009) The money works and it is more then Knicks can offer and probably more then the Nets are willing to.

  19. Nuggets Fan - Aug 17, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    OMG!!!! Really??? Whoever said that the cavs have a better support group is just retarded! Ok so things have not worked out for the nuggets as they could have in the past few years but that does not mean that its Carmelo’s fault. I totally disagree. I think we need to do whatever we can in order to keep him, and what we really need is a great Center, NENE is just not cutting it. Anything that Carmelo chooses i wish him luck, and he will still be my favorite player! He is a grown man and he is stuck with a decision that will affect his family for a few years so take all the time you need and remember Denver loves you!!! :)xoxo

  20. Brandan - Aug 18, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    You have shown what you are, a 17 year old kid who only plays basketball after school and don’t touch the court when is busy with NBA 2K or NBA live. If you’re not that then at least that is how you behave, cause of course you don’t sound like someone who have to make decisions for his family or have people who depend on you. This is a business, but family is always family and no matter how many millions he earn, his child is still gonna be raised in some enviroment determined by where he plays. Grow up dude!
    @anyone it applies; I am getting sick of 2 things, #1 Why people only focus on the bad part/side of a player when it comes to situations like this. He might only be able to create his own offense, yes. Still he is the best player that has been part of the Nuggets franchise since the old McDyess days, and still back then McDyess was not an A option in the league when it comes to selection, that could mean he is the best Nugget in the franchise history. Yes he have one of the best supporting casts in the league, but don’t forget they are not very healthy, and the coaching there sucks, yes I said that George Karl sucks. How many years he had the Baker-Robinson-Allen trio in Milwaukee and he didn’t do what he could? This about that one. Yes I admit he lack of leadership, he is an awesome talent who need to be guided, not made to guide.
    #2 Misunderstanding of free agent status. A free agent is a free agent no matter when he is from, where he played or who offers him what. A free agent is a free agent and no one can tell him where to play and no one should be angry at any free agent because of whatever decision he makes.
    This is my opinion, you don’t have to agree (except for what I said about the Florida dude, that is a fact) I think the best options for him if he stays out of Denver are Washington and Orlando. In Washington he can join an NCAA (read that again) playmaker in John Wall, and if you seen Melo in the past you know he is a sweet finisher. As well as he will be joining the improved and rising JaVale McGee and players like Kirk Hinrich, who is an awesome supporter and Gilbert Arenas, who is very good when healthy. In Orlando he can pair with the most dominant center today, one who can play fast break and needs no introduction, as well as Jameer Nelson, and he might cause VC to stay another year, plus he can be what VC never was cause his game is in decay. If you see Orlando’s performance the last years just add Melo’s talents and tell me if the smell of a championship is not closer. Thanks for reading!

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