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Monday , Aug , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nuggets Executive: Carmelo Anthony is the city of Denver

In the midst of a slew of reports that at the very least suggest, and at the most definitively say, Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony is as good as gone, new executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri says the team still wants the high-scoring forward. "I love Melo," Ujiri said. "I grew up in this league with Melo, kind of. It was my first years in the league, and I watched him grow. The Denver Nuggets want to keep Melo, and that's our priority. Carmelo is the Denver Nuggets, he's the city of Denver. He's done so well on this team. So we're going to deal with the issue full force."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You’re hired. Now solve the Carmelo Anthony quagmire.

Last week, the Denver Nuggets brought in Masi Ujiri as their new head suit on the basketball side of things, and he stepped into the fire with the Anthony soap opera.

The superstar wants a change. He can opt-out next summer, become a free agent, and sign with the team of his choosing.

He’d prefer to force a trade, though, ink a long-term extension, and avoid a reduced salary when the next Collective Bargaining Agreement inevitably scales back the big-tickets superstars can earn.

So the speculation has been rampant. Nothing Ujiri says will be enough to convince Anthony to stay. He’s gone. It’s a done deal.

However, professing his love for Anthony is smart. It defuses the situation and buys the Nuggets time to get squeeze greater compensation from suitors in a trade.   

Hopefully, it works. Ujiri’s first test in the Nuggets’ front office will be his greatest.

--Oly Sandor.

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