Anthony has hesitated to sign a three-year, $65 million extension and expressed intrigue with opting out of his contract next summer to become a free agent. Despite significant speculation the
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: For Carmelo Anthony, it's not all about
Recent reports indicate Anthony is lobbying for a trade to the Houston Rockets, which would leave the Knicks in the cold.
This is a surprise, but not a shock.
The Knicks lack the parts to trade for Anthony, so team and player would have to link up in July when the superstar hits free agency.
This may be too great a risk for Anthony, especially with a three-year, $65 million offer on the table from the Denver Nuggets. The Collective Bargaining Agreement expires next summer, and a new CBA would likely reduce the salary Anthony could earn as a free agent.
The star is trying to protect his earning power by engineering a sign-and-trade. And it explains why Anthony is considering taking the Nuggets' money and heading south to the Rockets.
The Rockets possess the assets to trade for Anthony and can still provide a solid supporting cast. He'd also remain in the Western Conference, away from the Boston Celtics' veterans, the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, and the Miami Heat's Three Kings.
Bottom line: Anthony isn't sleeping on
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