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Report: Melo will only sign extension if traded to New York

Dec 12, 2010, 5:43 PM EST

Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

Chris Sheridan of ESPN New York is reporting that Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has informed his team he will only sign his extension if he is traded to the New York Knicks.

Baboom.

CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger has sources disputing the report that Melo has informed Denver, but confirms the decision: Melo will not re-sign unless he is traded to New York. Which means Denver now has a clear decision in front of them. They can either allow Melo to enter free-agency with the hopes of re-signing him, or trade him to New York to ensure that they receive something in return.

So that’s fun.

The Knicks beat the Nuggets today, which only had to hurt the situation, especially as Melo was given the equivalent of a love letter signed by the 19,387 in attendance. Melo said after the game that people were “shouting from windows” how much they wanted him in New York. That’s got to make a guy feel good.

The Nuggets have been playing better as of late, but the question still remains if they’re going anywhere. Meanwhile, the Knicks have rattled off eight in a row against largely underwhelming opposition (Boston and Miami provide an overdue reality check next week).  Nuggets fans probably don’t want to give Melo the satisfaction of choosing where he gets to be traded to, but teams are very unlikely to trade for him with him saying he only wants to be in New York long-term. Even the Bobcats.

And so Denver has to make a decision, and once they do, the future of the franchise is changed forever. No biggie, Masai Ujiri. Good luck with that.

  1. leearmon - Dec 12, 2010 at 6:05 PM

    I just ask this one thing, IF WE BEAT BOSTON AND OR MIAMI COULD PBT PLEASE GIVE THE KNICKS SOME CREDIT??? Before today’s game, everyone was saying how New York had not played tough competition but starting Sunday (today) the schedule gets tougher with Denver heading into town… So what happens? We beat the Nuggets only the have you Matt say “an overdue reality check” coming to town with the Celtics and Heat. So if the Bulls in Chicago, Hornets in New Orleans, and the Nuggets today dont represent tough competition im guessing the Celtics and Heat do. As a Knick fan all I ask is some credit if, and I know its a big if, the Knicks beat one or both of them this week.

    I know its tough to ask, and i know it will hurt, but c’mon ….

    • 1historian - Dec 12, 2010 at 9:04 PM

      If you guys can beat either the Heat or the Celtics you won’t NEED jamokes like me to say something nice, but if it means that much to you I will.

      Unless I forget

    • uncolaman - Dec 12, 2010 at 9:21 PM

      No chance of beating Celtics. Maybe Miami because they have only beaten poor sister teams also.

      • hnirobert3 - Dec 13, 2010 at 8:18 AM

        The Heat have only beaten poor sister teams? Like the Magic and Jazz. I’m a realist but let’s not discredit what the Heat have done.

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