Say It Ain't So, Carmelo! Is This the End in Denver?

Raymond SettlesContributor IAugust 17, 2010

NEW YORK CITY, NY - AUGUST 13: Carmelo Anthony (L) and Chris Paul of USAB speak during the World Basketball Festival at Rucker Park on August 13, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for Nike)
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Various news outlets are reporting the Denver Nuggets and superstar small forward Carmelo Anthony are reaching a point in their mutual relationship that indicates he may not be playing for the team this season and most definitely not for the 2011-12 season.

Anthony, the first round pick of the team in the star-studded 2003 draft, has been said to have informed the team he does not plan on staying in the Mile High city beyond this season, when he can exercise his player option and leave the team as a free agent.

The biggest sticking point seems to be whether he can convince the team to allow him to sign his three-year, $65 million extension and then trade him, or if he should try to force a trade before this upcoming season starts.

The New York Knicks (no surprise), have been considered the front-runner for Anthony's services, assuming they can put together enough talent to entice the Nuggets.  As it is, they have sufficient salary cap room to handle his current contract, or the extension Anthony is mulling over.

Anthony is said to be a HUGE fan of coach Mike D'Antoni after the 2008 Olympic experience, as D'Antoni was the one said to be the driving force behind Anthony's star turn in Beijing. Anthony is also known to love teams that play an uptempo style.

Could there also be other teams putting together tantalizing packages?

Maybe Philadelphia can offer Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams, and draft choices?

Perhaps the Dallas Mavericks can offer Caron Butler, Roddy Beaubois, and others?

Could it be that the New Orleans Hornets can exchange Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, and draft choices to team Anthony with Chris Paul?

What other teams could be looking to shake up their rosters? Golden State? Phoenix?

Give me your thoughts.