Throughout Carmelo Anthony's career he has always seemed to be one or two steps behind Lebron James; in this case however, he seems to be one year behind. The Nuggets situation with Carmelo is dwindling quicker than Lebron's did with Cleveland and they virtually extended their last offer to him at 3 years/$65 million.
The Nuggets have made their last big attempt to keep the big star in Denver by signing the 30 year old forward, Al Harrington. This move puts them in contention for a 1 seed in the West yet again and could lead Anthony to believe that the best choice is to stay. Melo's decision could ultimately come down to who could give him a better chance at a title, but I believe these three alternatives could be great fits for him in the long run.
After losing out on Lebron, the Nets are looking for a way to make a splash before the big move to Brooklyn in 2011. Melo could be a better fit than Lebron for the Nets because he doesn't demand as much attention and pampering as the King and tends to play better with others. The Nets have the cap space to fill a team around him and it seems Mikhail Prokhorov will do what ever it takes to bring his team a title in their first year at the Barclays Center.
It's not surprising that another Lebron suitor could be a good fit for Anthony and the players surrounding him in the Big Apple may be more enticing now that Amare Stoudemire has found his home there. The Knicks also offer a big market and the chance for Anthony to grow his own empire in the big city. Talks of an MSG Three featuring Melo, Amare, and Chris Paul have emerged as of late and this possibility cannot be passed up.
Just like the Cavaliers without the history, the Wizards are the closest thing to a hometown team Carmelo has. Melo was raised in Baltimore and becoming the hometown hero who saved the team would have been a very large task to take care of before the 2010 draft. With the addition of John Wall, Anthony has a partner in-crime and thanks to the Lebron sweepstakes a few other role players that fit in perfectly next to them. This is obviously a longshot, but still is a possibility and it would be interesting to see a Wall-Anthony connection.
It is largely a possibility that none of this happens and Melo returns to the Mile High City before it escalates to a Lebron-level situation. Melo has always been the Butler to Lebron's Duke and seeing him do the same thing the King did next year would still keep him one step behind. Expect a quiet decision to come from Anthony either before this season begins or during next offseason.