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Carmelo Anthony is “thinking” about the Nuggets’ extension offer

Dec 11, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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Could it be for all the talk, all the rumors, and all the clamoring that Carmelo Anthony simply winds up where he is now for the long-term?

Ken Berger of reports that Carmelo Anthony has told the Nuggets he’ll “think about” signing the extension they’re offering which would keep him in Denver in the long-term. Melo has been on the trade block for months as it was thought  he was considering heading elsewhere in free agent, spurring Denver to pursue discussions to get something back for him to a team he would sign the extension with. From

“I met with them last week and I told them I’d think about it,” Melo said. “Which is more than I’ve said. We’ll see. We’ve been having a lot of great conversations.”

Denver is now in a bizarre situation, but one they themselves have wanted. They have not wanted to give up on Melo re-signing in Denver, which would force a long and torturous rebuilding process. Getting him to commit would mean they could move forward with him as their star.

What that means, however, is a bit bizarre. This is an aging roster that peaked in 2009 with a Western Conference Finals appearance, but since then has not looked at all the part of a championship contender. It’s difficult to see what they could to make a championship team out of what they have on roster. Chauncey Billups is getting older, Kenyon Martin already is old (and is an expiring contract), Chris Andersen and J.R. Smith are… those guys. If Melo’s thinking about signing the extension, it must be because they’ve convinced him that they have a plan to build a contender. The model for how to accomplish that? That’s what remains a mystery to all of us.

It should also be noted that LeBron James gave Cleveland a similar set of ambiguous statements. Saying he’s considering it is far from actually signing it. Melo is obviously still leaving himself outs.

  1. downtowndanny - Dec 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Denver is a nice place to live , that is if you like snow and mountains……Melo not only wants to win but he wants that city life he cant get in the mountains. If it were me, I’d bounce too. Life is too short, why not spend the last years of his career contending for titles?

    • mustbenugs - Dec 11, 2010 at 6:02 PM

      You’re an idiot. It hasn’t even snowed but twice in Denver… our lakes aren’t even FROZEN yet and they normally are by this time of the year.

      And the Mountains aren’t RIGHT IN DENVER. How would you even know if its a nice place if you’re ignorant about what its even like???

  2. knicksdog - Dec 11, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    I know why that team is called the nuggets..because their ownership’s head is as hard as a rock. Melo does not want to be there, trade him to the Knicks and end this silly game. They remind me of a stalking boyfriend who can’t let his girlfriend go…what a joke!

  3. goforthanddie - Dec 11, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    Sign an extension, then force a trade. Denver would be retarded to trust him.

  4. polegojim - Dec 12, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    @downtowndanny – the Nuggets have been contending in the playoffs, and due in large part to Melo, haven’t gone very deep. Defense wins Championships. Not only can Melo not spell ‘defense’, he doesn’t even know what it smells like, nor does he have the ‘head’ required to lead a team during the playoffs. You can lead when you’re a legend in your own mind, and a one man show.

    Melo is an immature player, with a HORRIBLY one sided style of play. He’s a total and complete detriment when you need a stop, and gives up as many OR MORE points than he scores. He can’t take the cold, or the pressure of consistent performance. Imagine a Melo who actually plays the ENTIRE season?

    His only title contention will come as a role-player when points are needed, but nothing more.
    True basketball fans here in Denver hope that they do trade him, I’d love to see him play somewhere else, and soon, very, very soon.

  5. lebronsinsecurity - Dec 12, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    I still don’t get why Knick fans would even want him.. Why would anyone want him?? If anything, I see this as a blessing for Nugget fans.. You can possibly get something, anything (picks, young talent etc..) for an overvalued reluctant defender whose offense is suspect at best..Denver seems like they’ve been a consistent playoff team despite Melo’s ways

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