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Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:37 pm
NEWARK, N.J. – On his way in and out of the Prudential Center Monday night, Carmelo Anthony walked past a series of strategically placed renderings of the Nets’ future home in Brooklyn. The imagery only fueled speculation that the Nets aren’t finished pursuing the Nuggets’ three-time All-Star. 

Who knows? Maybe those posters were part of the presentation the Nets never had a chance to make to Anthony, who made his only trip – as a visiting player – to the temporary home that could’ve been his. 

"That was interesting,” Anthony said with a smile after the Nets beat the Nuggets 115-99. “I mean, that was interesting.” 

Anthony’s reaction to the Nets’ Brooklyn mind tricks was about as far as he pushed the story forward when it comes to where he will be finding a long-term home. The closest Anthony came to making news was when he was asked to clarify whether he’s afraid of risking millions by playing out the season in Denver and becoming a free agent under a new collective bargaining agreement. 

“The CBA is in the back of my mind,” Anthony said. “But as far as being afraid to play this out, I’m not. If that’s what it’s going to take, then so be it. I’m with that. I know in the back of my mind what the CBA is up for, what we’re up for dealing with the lockout, things like that. So as long as I know that, my decision will be my decision.” 

Asked if he’d be willing to take the risk of passing on the extension and facing the unknown of post-lockout free agency, Anthony said, “Yeah, I mean whether it’s playing this year out and then going back to the drawing table, sitting down with Denver and trying to figure it out, or whether it’s to move on, I’m with that.” 

So is Nuggets coach George Karl, who said before the game that he continues to believe – as he did in training camp – that the best outcome for all involved is for Anthony to remain in Denver. 

“My job and my thought is that he’s going to be with us,” Karl said. “It is my desire and that would be probably the best thing for us as a basketball team.” 

That outcome, however, is largely in the hands of Denver executives Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke, who were with the team but kept a low profile amid a throng of media here to chronicle Anthony’s visit. Both of them are banking on the qualifier that came next from Anthony, about whether there is a limit to how much money he’s willing to sacrifice to get to the team of his choice. 

“If I sit here and tell you I’m willing to lose $15 or $20 million, then I’d be lying to you,” Anthony said. “But at the same time, this has never been about the money. In my career so far, I think I’ve made enough money. Now I can focus on just trying to win a championship. That’s the only thing that’s on my plate and on my mind right now.” 

Anthony reflected on the news conference held Jan. 19 in which Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov put a very public end to the Nets’ pursuit of Anthony. He reiterated that he would’ve accepted a meeting with the Nets’ brass if Prokhorov hadn’t canceled it, but wouldn’t reveal whether he would’ve agreed to an extension as part of a trade. 

“As far as the extension, if that trade were to go through, who knows what would’ve happened?” Anthony said. “I can’t answer that because it didn’t go through.” 

Nothing has changed for Anthony, who all along has only considered signing a three-year, $65 million extension with the Knicks or Nuggets – though a person familiar with the strategy being employed by his agents at Creative Artists Agency recently told that CAA has been consistent since the summer in advising the Nuggets that he won’t re-sign with them. As for Anthony himself, he refuted a previously published report that Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire had recently texted him urging him to join forces in New York. 

“I read that, that he supposedly texted me or something like that,” Anthony said. “I didn’t get it. I didn’t get that text.” 

Aside from stating his willingness to play this game of chicken with the Nuggets past the Feb. 24 deadline, perhaps Anthony’s most revealing comment was one that won’t get many headlines. The Nuggets’ executives, particularly Ujiri, who were in constant contact with Anthony throughout the protracted trade talks with the Nets, have been quiet lately. 

“I haven’t really talked to those two guys about anything as of late,” Anthony said. “Prokhorov put an end to it. That’s all I can say about it. When something starts going on, I’m pretty sure Masai and Josh will come to me and let me know what’s going on.” 

All that was going on Monday night, as Anthony walked past those Brooklyn posters one more time with his with his manager, Robert “Bay” Frazier, was that he was heading back to Denver with the Nuggets. Whether he’ll be there three more weeks or three more months is the next plot twist. 

“I have to look at it as a business and we just go from there,” Anthony said. “If we make a business decision together, and that’s for me to stay in Denver, or they say the business decision is to trade you somewhere else, then you’ve got to deal with that.”

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:19 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

I disagree TFC. Getting Melo would be a upgrade for us to go far THIS Year in the Playoffs. I love this kid Fields but we need Melo. We can win now with if we make trade with Lineup Of Stoudemire-Melo-Felton-(Gallarni or Chandler whoever we dont trade) and add 5th Starter off bench now. Trading Fields -Randolph and if we have to (Chandler or Gallarni) is worth it..We can get another free agent next Year but the lineup would be very very good  now. Toney Douglas cn start with Felton for that matter.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:03 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

At this point Fields and Chandler is too much to give up, I would just as soon wait 'til the end of the season and not give up anyone.  
or maybe Chandler and Curry and maybeeeeee a draft pick, but nothing more.  

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:33 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

Scoreboard: Melo 1, Nuggets 0

The Nuggets are a truly stupid organization for letting this go so long. It is amazing to me that the Nuggets' management/ ownership did not see this coming. You are going to get nothing for this guy.

Listen up Nuggets: you are the Cavs of the 2011-2012 season. There was a lesson to be learned in that whole Lebron/ Cavs, "moving my talents to South Beach" deal. Unfortunately, the Nuggets weren't paying attention. If the Nuggets let this go until the end of the season, they'll lose in the 1st round of the playoffs, lose 'Melo to free agency, and probably win about 20 games in 2011-2012.

This is so dumb, it's not even funny. Just trade him already!

Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks (25-22) for Wilson Chandler (16.8ppg- 6.1 rpg)/ Landry Fields (10.1ppg-7.1rpg).

'Melo would get he wants (to be in NY to focus on his "brand"), and the Nuggets would get two pretty solid youngsters to build around. Not too many Nuggets' fans would complain about finally getting rid of Anthony and having a starting lineup like:


That team won't win any titles, but they won't stink either. Trade Harrington, JR Smith, and Martin....and start over! But, if you do nothing (like the Cavs' did last year), you'll lose a great coach and a competitive team. You'll win 20 games next season.

The Phenom

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:07 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

Previous to the MeloDrama, Berger was LeBron's girlfriend. Not sure who dumped who, but LeBron is now with Dave Del Grande. Tongue out

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:22 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

I'm curious did anybody know who Ken Berger was before the MeloDrama started? He is now the gasoline getting poured on the fire. 

Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:21 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

Who Cares where he Goes , he really is not as good as the contract he  will get , he is a slightly better than average player ....... He is NO superstar for sure

Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:12 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

more bergertales

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:12 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

Pitt South: Could you imagine an NFL player talking non stop about his contract and nothing about the games at hand?

I am sick to death of reading about Carmelo Anthony and agree this stuff should be dealt with in the off-season. However, Melo hasn't been anywhere near as bad as guys like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens when it comes to talking about his contract situation and has been a heck of a lot more focused on helping his team win than a lot of NFL guys. Also, in the NFL, you have far more guys holding out and refusing to play the contracts they have already signed while trying to force teams into negotiating a new deal before they have even becoem a free agent.

I think you just wanted to post a rant about the NBA and the comparison to the NFL is an (unsuccessful) attempt to put the NBA down. But it begs asking, if the NBA is the big joke you insist it is, why are you wasting your own energy on a post about the NBA? That post says more about you than it does about the NBA or Carmelo Anthony and it's not saying anything good.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:06 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

PittSouth, who is creating all the drama about this?? The MEDIA... its not Carmelo holding press conferences daily to discuss... Whenever the media has a chance to talk to him they bring it up and he answers the question... How is he an idiot for thinking of his future?  He out there playing hard... But obviously its going to be a a topic of interest.  If he doesn't answer the questions then the media will create more drama trying to speculate what he is thinking...

ANd for your information, it happens in NFL and MLB all the time too... NFL has a safety net called the Franchise Tag that at least present a star of Melo's level from walking...

I find it funny a person who hates the  NBA so much spends the time reading the article and writing a comment... You are a freakin joke..

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:43 am

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

@Pitt South, you're right that he can wait, except Denver doesn't want to wait either. If they let him walk, they get nothing in return. It's in their best interest, if Carmelo isn't going to resign in the offseason, for them to trade him. However, if the only way a team will trade for him is if he signs an extension, than Melo has every right to refuse to sign an extension with a team he doesn't want to play for because in essence THIS becomes his free agency. The problem isn't just him. in fact, it's more the media reporting on every single word that's spoken, every rumor, every slight shift of the wind, etc. And more than anything, it's the CBA, since possible changes at season's end are affecting players and any given team's ability to sign those players.

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