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If not traded, ‘Melo says he’d consider signing with Denver after all. Right.

Feb 9, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony

Since day one of the ‘Melodrama, whenever Carmelo Anthony has been asked if he would sign with Denver he has said it was one of the options he would consider.

That’s not what his people — the fine folks from CAA, for example — were saying privately to the Nuggets and everyone else. They said he was gone. But publicly, ‘Melo has been able to ply the good guy (kinda).

Which leads us to Anthony’s statements today after shootaround, as reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo (via twitter):

@carmeloanthony said after shootaround he would “take a real hard look at” signing extension w/Nuggets if not dealt by trade deadline.

That follows out of this report from the Denver Post Wednesday:

Those close to the situation say there is a better-than-average chance Anthony will not be dealt until after the season.

What does all that mean? It means Carmelo Anthony likes money. I get that, I think we all do. It means that if he doesn’t get traded he has to decide if giving up tens of millions in guaranteed contract money is worth it to go to New York. His people have said he would. He probably will. But it’s one thing to say you’re going to walk away from tens of millions (no matter how much bank you have) and another to actually do it.

More importantly, however, throw this comment and report on top of the Andrew Bynum trade rumor (not going to happen) on the “let’s motivate the Knicks to kick in more” pile. The Nuggets want more than Wilson Chandler and a pick. There will probably be more such tactics. And Donnie Walsh will continue to ignore it all. Denver’s leverage left the building.

I’m breaking out the good scotch to celebrate when this trade finally goes down and I don’t have to write about it any more.

  1. mustbenugs - Feb 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    I hope he stays just so you will shut up and eat your words.

  2. wvan10 - Feb 9, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    What kind of news is this? If they don’t trade him what other options does he have? Either to pick up a one year option and do this all over again next year or sign the extension to avoid the risk of losing millions signing a new agreement under the new CBA. Of course he has to look at signing an extension IF he isn’t traded. This doesn’t change the fact he wants out and Denver knows it. They will still either have to pull the trigger or risk losing him at some point (either prior to the deadline next year or after randomly demanding a trade again) and I highly doubt any of their front office people are as naive as the people believing this story that there is a real chance he wants to stay in Denver. Nothing has changed. This is just false hope for Nuggets fans.

  3. dannyblaze62 - Feb 9, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Think about it really guys. This isn’t really about money because he’s going to make tons of it in NY with endorsement deals galore. You also have to take into account he will literally be the face of the Knicks and pull in millions of dollars, so money won’t be an issue.

    Also in the mix, his wife gets the exposure she needs for her career. His wife wants NY just as much as he does.

    Finally, don’t think for one NY minute Chris Paul is soaking all of this in. Everyone states everything but the obvious, which boggles the mind. Anthony has all the leverage and won’t sign any extensions unless it’s a NY trade.

    If Denver continues to play cute, they lose out and it will be no ones fault but their own. He has already made them aware where he wants to play, unlike LeBron did. C’mon guys get a clue.

  4. goforthanddie - Feb 10, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    If they don’t get a reasonable trade, I double-dog dare Denver to pull the extension offer. He doesn’t want to be there, make sure he leaves.

  5. dannyblaze62 - Feb 10, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    It doesn’t matter if the pull the trade or not, he’s gone. The smart thing is to at least get something…if anything. If not, he walks. He will make his money (see above) and not blink an eye. From new sneaker endorsements to jerseys, New York will be his real cash cow and make up what ever difference that contract would’ve netted him,

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