Sources are saying that small forward Carmelo Anthony will be leaving the Denver Nuggets whether he signs the three-year extension offered by the Nuggets or not.
Carmelo Anthony has one more year left on his contract with the Nuggets. He has delayed signing the $65 million extension offer and has given no timetable as to when he plans to make a decision. His indecisiveness lies upon his desire to get out of Denver. His choice will be determined by which option offers him a better chance of going to another team.
First option: he signs the deal with the Nuggets and then convinces them to then trade him.
Second option: he doesn’t sign the extension contract, forcing the Nuggets to trade him rather than risk losing him next summer as a free agent.
Regardless of which option he chooses, “he’s going to make it real clear that he’s not coming back,” said a league source.
A source says both Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and Carmelo Anthony are already well aware that they don’t have a future together.
A story on the Denver Nuggets web site tells a different story, saying Anthony is likely to commit through the 2014-2015 season.
“Obviously everybody knows that I’m loyal to the Denver community and to the Denver Nuggets. I’ve shown that over my seven-year stint here. I don’t think nobody can question that,” Anthony said during a break at his annual basketball camp. “But at this point in time, I’ve got to do what’s best for me and my family. If it’s taking my time, figuring out if I want to take that extension or not, then that’s what I’ve got to do.”
Anthony has until June 30, 2011 to sign the contract extension.