It’s amazing how quickly rumors can spread, especially in the world of professional sports.
Carmelo Anthony still has two years remaining on his current contract (he can opt out early next summer), but many fans talk about him as if he’s already gone.
Of course, Chris Paul helped feed the fire when he announced at Anthony’s wedding that Melo should join him and Amar’e Stoudemire in New York City.
Melo discussed the possibility of re-signing with Denver months ago but would only say, “We’ll see what’s on the table.”
What the Nuggets put on the table was a golden ticket—a three-year, $65 million extension that would keep him as one of the highest paid players in the NBA.
If he were to accept the offer, it would be $100 million over five years. Anthony would be a mile high and in the baby blue and yellow through 2014.
In an uncertain time in the NBA, when there’s no guarantee about the future with the looming lockout, Melo would be smart to just take the deal.
But as it continues to sit on Stan Kroenke’s desk, Anthony makes it seem like he will not stay in Denver and the Nuggets say they won’t trade him.
Still, the possibility is alive that Melo could decide not to sign the offer, in which place Denver would be forced to move him.
It would be a worst-case scenario for the Nuggets, and these are five reasons why they cannot move him if at all possible.