Carmelo Anthony: The NBA Offseason's Big Mystery

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IJuly 5, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets pumps his fist during their game against the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 30, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Carmelo Anthony's Denver mansion is on the market, and he's getting married. Something tells me that even a three-year, $65 million dollar contract extension is not enough for Anthony to recommit to playing for the Nuggets.

Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James are still deciding on their new destinations, but Anthony's name is being discussed in possible trades because he will become a unrestricted free agent next season if he doesn't sign.

The only problem with that is nobody knows what the cap is going to look like with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement still undecided.  Financially, Anthony should sign on the dotted line.

The big mystery here is whether or not Anthony wants to play in Denver.  As a kid he grew up in Baltimore and then won a national championship with Syracuse University, but I can see him coveting an opportunity to become a New York Knick.

When this speculation starts to heat up, even the big players such as Amar'e Stoudemire (who in all likelihood is going to be a Knick next year), James, and Wade all relish the possibility of playing with Carmelo.  Who wouldn't?

New York becomes a much bigger player in the LeBron James sweepstakes if Carmelo Anthony is a New York Knick.  There are reports that he and Amar'e have talked and that he would love to have a chance to play for the Knicks.

Right now under contract with the Denver Nuggets, Mr. Anthony is stirring the pot of NBA Free Agency 2010.  The Nuggets ownership have repeatedly said that if he refuses to sign the contract, they are going to trade him.

I don't believe the Knicks have enough talent to get him in a trade.  David Lee, Gallinari, and even another player is a solid package assuming it is a dollar-for-dollar deal.  Still, if he is going to leave, regardless of what happens the Nuggets should at least try and get something in return.

At the moment, NBA Free Agency is at a standstill.  It seems as if everybody is waiting for LeBron James to be the first domino to fall.  After he decides where he wants to play, there could be a whole line of players waiting to announce decisions on where they will be playing in 2010.

Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony continues to be out in the shadows, with nobody really knowing what the future holds for not only him, but the salary cap in the coming seasons.

Carmelo Anthony is the mystery figure of this NBA offseason.