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Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

Posted on: May 21, 2010 11:38 pm
With speculation growing over where LeBron James and other marquee free agents will wind up July 1, the player who could represent the best consolation prize is about to move one step closer to coming off the market.

Representatives for three-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets have scheduled a face-to-face negotiating session with the hopes of agreeing on a three-year extension that would keep the coveted scorer from hitting the free-agent market in 2011, sources familiar with the situation told Since Anthony, who turns 26 later this month, isn’t a free agent this summer, he is free to discuss an extension with his team prior to the opening of the negotiating period July 1.

The Nuggets, fully aware that Anthony would be in high demand in 2011 among teams that strike out in their pursuit of James, Dwyane Wade and other marquee free agents this summer, are hopeful that this will be the first step toward “making Melo a Nugget for a long time,” one of the people familiar with the team’s strategy said.

Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, declined comment recently when approached after a playoff game and asked about Anthony’s future. Rose, of course, has a full plate now that James’ season has ended and his long anticipated foray into unrestricted free agency is in full froth. With six weeks to go before James can terminate his contract and hit the market, speculation about where he will go has reached a fever pitch. But hardly anyone is paying attention to Anthony, who would be the ideal consolation prize for teams like the Knicks, Nets, Bulls, Heat, Clippers and Wizards if they fail to lure the free agents of their choice this summer.

Anthony signed his current agreement in 2006, the same summer when James, Wade and Chris Bosh all chose three-year extensions with an early termination option in the fourth year that would maximize their ability to hit the free-agent market in the prime of their careers. Anthony opted for a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year, thus choosing the additional money and security over flexibility. The Nuggets are hopeful that Anthony will follow the same strategy again, especially with the very real threat of a lockout in 2011 and ultimately a salary structure that is expected to be far less favorable to the players, sources say. Some circumstances have changed. Anthony’s current deal was negotiated by agent Bill Duffy, whereas his current agent, Rose, negotiated the shorter extensions for James, Wade and Bosh. Ultimately, though, it comes down to what the player wants.

Anthony will have to weigh those financial realities against the possibility that the Nuggets’ roster built around him and an aging Chauncey Billups has gone as far as it will go with the current core group. Also, sources say Anthony perpetually feels slighted among the league’s top talent and may want to seek a bigger stage to pursue his rightful place in the league’s pecking order.

For example, if James turns down the Knicks’ overtures this summer and stays in Cleveland or signs with the Bulls, imagine what a star Anthony would be in New York if he returned to his birthplace next summer with a chip on his shoulder. Not only would he have an opportunity to prove the doubters wrong about his own talent, but he also would be the perfect candidate to tap into Knicks fans’ anger over being jilted by James. During the Knicks’ most recent run of success in the 1990s, they were immensely popular in New York not only because they were successful, but because they never had the league’s best player. The underdog/villain role would suit Anthony’s personality perhaps better than any of the league’s current superstars.

While Anthony was born in New York, he grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, and the Wizards’ just became a far more attractive destination for free agents with the draft lottery triumph that will land them No. 1 pick John Wall. The point is, Anthony will have options galore if he decides to forgo an extension this summer and hit the market in 2011. And that’s something both sides in his imminent contract negotiation understand quite well.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2010 6:35 pm

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

Keep dreaming

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2010 8:27 am

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

Phil Jackson is overpaid? I am not a Laker fan, but it seems to me a guy who has 9 titles and may be headed for 10 should not be described as overpaid. Yes he has had great players, but you still have to perform.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2010 3:41 am

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

;    Who the hell wants to be the King of Denver? Carmelo should go the LAkers because I don't how he is going to get a ring in Denver. They have good players but not great players accept for Billups...and Billups time is running out. The reason why many speculate about the LAkers is because Kobe and Anthony have a lot of respect for each other...and Carmelo could carry on as the team's scoring leader as Kobe starts to turn towards the downside of his career. It makes sense... but I dont think the Lakers would want to afford him too. Pau, Kobe, and Lamar are all expensive players as it is...not to mention their overpaid coach.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2010 5:10 pm

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

Hahahaha you Lakers fans act like your team is the only one in the NBA.

Melo is the king of Denver and he knows it. He is going to get re-signed, guaranteed.

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2010 3:21 pm

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

I agree with everything you said except for the praise placed on Gilbert Arenas. With John Wall for sure going #1, they will look to unload Areans the first chance they get. He is has never proven he can win, only score huge amounts (see Tracy McGrady). Coming off his laundry list of injuries, not to mention the gun incident (see moron), he will never be the calibre of player he was before.

On the positive side, Melo to Washington would be a good fit moving forward, where he could be the vetern go-to player as they continue to rebuild. 

But no one ever said that good fits are the decisions that ultimately get made.....

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: May 22, 2010 12:50 pm

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

I have a feeling Carmelo will be a laker..he will continue where kobe and pau will leave of as Kobe goes to retirement

He and Gasol will be the face of the Lakers 2013 and beyond

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2010 11:42 am

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

vols... as much as it seems it already has happened, the wiz have NOT selected J dub first overall

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2010 11:37 am

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

I've been thinking the same thing for awhile now. I sure hope we are both right. He would look good in a Lakers uniform, wow!

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: May 22, 2010 11:20 am

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

The Ideal situation for Melo has to be Washington. A young, quick, pass first PG like John Wall mixed with Melo's scoring ability. Then throw in Andre Blatche who showed great promise this year after the trades. And mabye even add Gilbert Arenas to that mix who could move over to SG and we all know he is an all- star caliber player. also Mike Miller is a good Hustle player who can shoot the ball. That looks like a pretty decent core just bring in some good role players.

If the Nuggets tank in the playoffs again next year i only see that team getting worse.

Billups is losing a step or at least will noticebly start to soon
Kenyon Martian will never be fully healthy again
JR Smith and NENE continue to be inconsistant players who play great one game then play horrible the next three.
And who knows what thier coaching situation will look like

The Nuggets are smart to try to resign him now, this team has peaked and he will have even less reasons to stay after next year.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2010 9:28 am

Nuggets hoping to jump-start talks with Melo

Vince Carter comes off the books next year. Dwight and Melo teamed up = DYNASTY

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