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Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  41 responses

Carmelo Anthony Talks Contract Extension

“I could wake up tomorrow and they could snatch it off the table.”

Chris Bosh’s is off the market. Carlos Boozer’s landed. Dwyane Wade stayed put. LeBron James decided on South Beach. Now the Denver Nuggets, and the world, wait on Carmelo Anthony to decide what his next move will be—even though he’s not yet a free agent like the aforementioned were this summer.

Will the seven-year pro accept Denver’s lucrative three-year extension or will he be the LeBron James of the summer of 2011? We’re not sure, and neither is the talented forward.

The Denver Post spoke with Melo about his future plans over the weekend:

[Carmelo] Anthony has no intention of taking immediate action on a three-year, $65 million contract extension offer from the Nuggets. The offer was put on the table in June and, to this point, is a standing offer.

“I could wake up tomorrow and they could snatch it off the table,” Anthony said. “I don’t know. I don’t know what their mind-set is.”

Asked whether he had a timetable for signing the extension, Anthony matter-of-factly said “No.”

Asked whether he would sign the contract at all, Anthony hedged.

“I’m just taking my time with it,” he said. “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.”

And Anthony can pretty much take as much time as he wants to make a decision whether or not to sign the deal. He actually has a couple of options on his plate. He can sign the contract or pick up his player option for 2011-12, which pays $18.5 million. Either way, he doesn’t have to make any moves until June 30, 2011. As of now, there is no deadline imposed by the Nuggets.

So, it’s a waiting game. Anthony got married this summer. He’s traveled all over, going from New York to Puerto Rico to Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to name a few stops. And he’s not done, as he finishes a summer full of commitments.

Anthony said a new collective bargaining agreement carries “a lot” of weight in his decision. Depending on the layout of the new CBA — if there is one by the time the current pact ends next summer — Anthony could stand to make considerably less money on a contract extension than what’s currently being offered.

At day’s end, there’s no rush for Melo to come to a decision. We just hope his situation doesn’t evolve into a circus and become a distraction.

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  • JoeMaMa

    I can’t see the Nuggets letting this descend into LeBron territory. If they don’t get an extension by December, they should trade him to one of his preferred teams so that they can get something halfway worthwhile. Truth be told, if he hasn’t signed by now, I’d start looking towards the Knicks/Nets/? for good pieces…at least exploratory.

  • Sparker

    well, i’m glad we got that cleared up

  • From out of Nowhere

    Chris Bosh’s?

  • Overtime

    cosign JoeMaMa, if we have to hear about this all the way through to next June

  • kundai

    yea i agree joMaMa. but if im anthony i would want to end up in orlando dwight howard brings more to the table than amare. i think the only issue is the rashad lewis contract.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I am so looking forward to seeing Melo hold that Knicks jersey up with that million dollar smile at his presser after being traded to New York.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    “Great. Great. Great. Great. Great. Really great,” Spike Lee said of what Carmelo Anthony would mean to the Knicks. “I just hope (they can sign him). I hope so. He’d be a great addition to the team and to the franchise.” Spike Lee had me at Great.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    “Obviously, everybody knows I’m loyal to the Denver Nuggets community and to the Denver Nuggets…”

    Sounds like LeBron before he left the Cavs. If he just keeps to doing what he thinks is best for him and his family then there is no problem. If he leaves, I’m sure a lot of folks will be disapointed, but at least he would come across as somewhat genuine. Out of fairness to Melo, IF he already decided not to stay in Denver, he can’t really say it. But he shouldn’t say anything to give Denver fans false hope (ala Bosh). More than anything else, I just hope Melo doesn’t want to announce his decision on a 1 hour ESPN special.

  • Coney Islander

    Come back to NY Mello, You already won one title here, why not win another?!

  • Diesel

    Bulls…..please God……

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He’s in a New York state of mind!!

  • Diesel

    I did not write the bulls comment. Fix that junk slam!

  • ai come back

    COSIGN DIESEL

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @ fake Diesel – not happening. Who would we trade for Carmelo? Deng? Nuggets ain’t having it. Boozer? He’s three years older, injury prone and they play different positions. How would we sign him straight up after the season? Joakim is due for an extension. I’ll admit I was one of the Bulls fans who got suckered into thinking LeBron, Bosh or Wade might join us this summer and I ain’t doing that again next summer, I’m happy with the squad we got now.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com CHI-TOWN SAID IT JOE

    carmelo? he just made it out of the 1st round 2 years ago, and that was only because chauncey came and led the way. before that he was in tmac territory. score points but not much else.who cares if he leaves denver

  • Yesse

    I would just wait for the summer and see what happens. I bet Denver is gonna be the Cleveland of Nba next summer if Melo leaves.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Please not another year of the BS. I wish Knicks fans would realize they will always be mediocre and the only reason they are always talked about is because they are in NYC. How about Bynum/Caracter for Anthony?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    I believe theres a reason why he hasn’t signed that deal, beacuse, hereally doesn’t want to play there anymore. The team is aging, especially Billups and Kmart. He will go to New York most likely. I don’t see anybody else outdoing the offer they will give him.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Carmelo Anthony is not a max player (but he’s guaranteed to be paid like one). The New York Knicks will not win championships with him, Amar’e and Tony Parker. And the Denver Nuggets are as likely to snatch that contract extension off the table as LeBron is to live in Cleveland during the off-season. Yeah, it’s possible. He has reasons to do it. But if you have any logic in your brain, you know it ain’t gonna happen.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Melo and CP3 are likely talking about how they both can end up in NYC playing with Amare. IF they can launch some kind of ‘scheme’, then it will be so. NO is making moves to keep CP3 and it will be interesting to see if Denver does anything to try to keep Melo. FA clearly gives the balance of power to star players so we’ll see how it works out.

  • Cool Dude

    Can’t wait for the Decision part 2.

  • http://Yahoo.com Sergio

    Send him to hornets cp3 will get wet

  • ai come back

    engimatic uh…..luol taj and two first rounders lol

  • JTaylor21

    Why do laker fans think that Bynum’s the greatest trade chip ever. Do you guys really think that the nuggets will give up their franchise player for a injury prone, glorified lob catcher that is Andrew Bynum. Having Gasol playing by him makes him look better than he really is. Kobe can testament to that.

  • JTaylor21

    Chendaddy how’s Melo not a max player. Dude’s hands down the best offensive threat in the league. He can massacre you from inside and out, his defense is improving and he was terrorizing the lakers in last years playoffs. If that doesn’t sound like a max player to me, I don’t know what does.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Melo sees the nuggets about to fall apart. Chauncey is old kenyon too. That team just doesnt have enough. I doubt hes staying, tony parker too

  • bakers’ dozen (12-13)

    Kobe and Melo are friends.
    Kobe said he wants Melo to run LA while he declines.
    Melo loves LA (married a chick named La-La…get it?).
    Lakers have more pieces the Nuggets would accept in trade (we will not take Curry off your hands, NY…if we did, he’d probably end up screwing the Nuggets budget with his dinner expenses).
    I see him going to LA over NY. The League would like that, too. Set up a super team of Kobe and Melo vs the Heat?

    This has Stern’s fingerprints all over it.

  • BK Chris

    With LeBron and Dwade on the same team and Kobe in Celtic Mode (Basically saving his best stuff for the playoffs) Melo and Durant are going to be Neck n Neck for the scoring title. He scored over 30 in a quarter for christ sakes! How is he not worth Max $?

  • BK Chris

    If he ends up in NY I’m willing to put that whole Sucker punching Jared jeffries and back peddling afterwards situation in the past

  • AL29

    Sorry Nuggets fans. It’s over. Your new superstar is JR Smith.

  • shaolin23

    melo to the heat for…the troubled udonis haslem? he would make a nice back up to lebron! any chance he ends up in NO for okafor/ariza?

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    At least he’s being honest about leaving and will give a better indication as to why. Melo’s team didn’t have the best record in the league 2 years straight.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Where ever Melo goes he will bring it. I would like him to win one in Denver he’s done so much for that franchise. But don’t sweat it he’s wearing the baby blues this year.

  • O

    If he doesn’t sign with Denver, then it’s pretty safe to say that he’ll sign with NY. The question is, will the Knicks also sign Tony Parker or wait a whole year and sign Chris Paul? They both supposedly want to play in NY. What does Donnie do?

  • barnabusb

    Now the WORLD is waiting on Carmelo Anthony’s decision? Um, no.

  • MikeC.

    For the first time in a long time, the Knicks are a young team with very few bad contracts and the potential for a bright future. Pair that with the allure of NYC (I’ve never been, but everyone keeps talking about it, so there has to be some grain of truth in there somewhere), and you get an attractive situation. As a longtime Knick fan, I have to pump the brakes a bit and say “let’s get relevant first, then work on getting good, then agonize over getting great”. There are some potential ways to make things happen. “Eddy Curry’s expiring contract” will be a valuable chip to teams looking to cut payroll. Those teams may be willing to help facilitate a 3-way trade that bring Melo to NY. Obviously, NY does not have the talent or draft picks to deal straight up with Denver for Melo. At some point, some team will decide to slash payroll and be willing to send a star or ‘name’ player to Denver in a 3-way trade. Crazy things happen when patience meets panic.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    I can’t handle another year of this.

  • bnets

    Nets hhahah

  • rikson

    “carmelo? he just made it out of the 1st round 2 years ago, and that was only because chauncey came and led the way. before that he was in tmac territory. score points but not much else.who cares if he leaves denver” -> Thank you! This guy is so overrated it hurts… He got hyped bc he was in that really strong draft, but people have to realize that all he did was to reach the CF once!

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  • dsleepy

    somebody (too lazy to scroll up) mentioned orlando, and then somebody else shot it down b/c of contract. what about vince carter’s expiring? that would match at least salary wise. throw in a third team with cap space that’s obviously going to tank it this year to give nuggs a decent lottery pick. possibility? i would love to see this happen, if for nothing else than to just see someone else other than the celtics to be able to challenge miami in the east.

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