Unlike other NBA stars, Carmelo Anthony has decided to keep quiet about the rumors of where he’ll be heading to next summer.
Since acquiring the freshman from Syracuse University in 2003, the Nuggets haven’t missed a spot in the playoffs. He continues to remain in the top three in NBA scoring and has won a gold medal for his performance in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Carmelo, known as "‘Melo," possesses what any team needs to win—speed, stamina, and a quick shot.
For the past seven seasons, the Nuggets have benefited greatly from the forward, but he needs to move on. Aside from George Karl’s uncertain but hopeful future as the coach, Melo has made it clear that he needs to do what is best for him and his family.
There are many teams waiting for him to opt out of his already-extended, three-year $65 million contract with Denver so they can be in contention for his services.
Honestly, this will be a tough choice for Melo.
The teams in waiting—the Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets, the Houston Rockets, and possibly, the Orlando Magic—will be gunning for him to join their rosters.
As the Bulls reconstruct their roster, a player like Luol Deng would probably get thrown out of the water if the team wants Anthony. In this case, Melo is assured that he’d play alongside Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer. If this doesn’t seem likely, the door is still open for Melo in his hometown—the Big Apple.
According to a team source, Isiah Thomas has assured Garden Chairman James Dolan that Anthony told him he intends to sign with the Knicks.
With the Knicks' recent addition of Amar'e Stoudemire and another next summer (Chris Paul), talks of a three-man threat are already in the works. Another factor that adds to the rumor mill occurred this past July as Carmelo and La La Vasquez tied the knot. La La, a former MTV veejay, has a career based in NYC and for Melo, who wants to jump start his career in entertainment, this may be the perfect opportunity.
No one will know for sure until February, but NY is where he’s likely to land.
The New Jersey Nets and its new owner Mikhail Prokhorov have made it clear that they’ll do what it takes to bring him to Brooklyn—and Prokhorov has some money to cough up.
An analysis from one of Melo’s recent tweets indicates that talks of his trade may be blown out of context, “Funny how people come up with their own analysis of a situation. I tell you boy....... Unbelievable,” he tweeted on Aug. 16.
According to The Denver Post, Carmelo said, “I’m just taking my time with it; obviously, everybody knows I’m loyal to the Denver Nuggets' community and to the Denver Nuggets. I’ve shown that over my seven-year stint here. I don’t think anybody can question that. But at this point in time, I have to do what’s best for me and my family. I’m just taking my time, figuring out if I want to take that extension or not.”
Maybe he’s keeping too quiet about it, leaving fans, reporters, and the league to come up with their own breakdown of the free-to-be-agent’s future.