Is Carmelo Anthony to New York inevitable?
A "methodical connecting of dots" is beginning to paint a grim picture in Denver. These are some of the dots: Carmelo’s selling his Littleton estate; the constant reports of Anthony telling friends that he wants to play for the New York Knicks; his New York wedding; his East Coast upbringing; summer trade talk that has cropped up twice in his time in Denver, which hasn’t always made him feel wanted; oh, and not signing a contract that averages around $21.6 million per year for the next three years, a sizable amount of money that he may not be able to earn under a new collective bargaining agreement.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s starting to feel inevitable.
Perhaps, Carmelo Anthony passes on the Denver Nuggets three-year, $65 million extension and takes less money and term to sign with the New York Knicks.
One sign has been overlooked: the All-Star forward has been especially active in negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with owners. The old CBA expires next summer, which is when Anthony can become a free agent.
His participation in union-owner meetings shows Anthony is very much weighing what he’d have to sacrifice to leave Denver for New York. Heading east has crossed his mind.
Whatever his decision, Anthony must handle free agency better than a certain player selected ahead of him in the 2003 Draft (for the record, we’re not talking about Darko Milicic).
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