Carmelo Anthony met with the New Jersey Nets on Saturday in Los Angeles and was reportedly noncommittal about whether or not he’d sign an extension if traded there. That’s bad news for Nets fans.
More bad news has leaked out as Anthony is reportedly telling people close to him that he has no intention of signing the three-year, $65 million extension if he’s traded to New Jersey.
What does that mean? It means what most have suspected all along, Anthony only wants to go to the New York Knicks, and will only sign an extension with them. Many have wondered why the Knicks have been so reluctant to send certain players in return for Anthony, but it makes sense if the team somehow knew Anthony only wanted to be in New York.
If the Knicks really don’t have a threat from anyone else on the trade front, they can feel comfortable in low-balling the Nuggets because, in reality, Denver only has one option for a deal.
As it stands right now, three days before Thursday’s trade deadline, the Knicks and Nuggets are apparently close to a deal. But close is a relative term. The Nuggets want an extra player, Timofey Mozgov, who the Knicks are unwilling to budge on.
As it currently stands, the deal would include the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks would send Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and their 2014 first-round pick to Denver; Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Shelden Williams would go to the Knicks; Minnesota would get Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and cash from the Knicks, while sending Corey Brewer to Denver.
Get all that?
But currently the Nuggets want Mozgov included in that deal. The thing is, this deal could change 10 times before Thursday and look completely different in the end.
The Anthony deal could also cause several dominoes to fall for Denver. The Nuggets are also looking to move Nene (probably to the Houston Rockets) and J.R. Smith. But neither player will move if Anthony isn’t sent packing.
So the entire league is essentially sitting and waiting for these two teams to figure something out. But one thing is now certain, Anthony won’t be signing an extension with anyone but the Knicks.