Carmelo Anthony To Remain With The Denver Nuggets?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court 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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A little over a month ago it was reported that Chris Paul wanted out of New Orleans. The star point-guard supposedly gave a list of the teams that he would like to join and many speculated that he would be dealt before the start of the NBA season.

After the club acquired small-forward Trevor Ariza, dealing away point-guard Darren Collison and James Posey, those reports quickly vanished into thin air.

It was never confirmed whether or not Paul truly wanted to leave, but if the superstar sparked rumors in an attempt to threaten the organization into making some moves, it certainly worked.

Could it be possible that Carmelo Anthony is doing the same thing to the Denver Nuggets?

In the midst of all the Melo rumors and possible trade scenarios, the Nuggets have a short list of other players that are currently on the trading block.

Those players include veteran point-guard Chauncey Billups and sharp-shooter J.R. Smith, who will be entering the final year in his contract.

Smith averaged a career best 15.4 PPG during last season and is projected to make $6.03 million during the upcoming season.

The Nuggets organization is unlikely to present Smith with a new contract, especially after his most recent altercation during a scrimmage. 

Denver's front-office continues to insist that terms are currently going well with Anthony. If that's the case (doubtful), the organization will have to make some serious moves to keep Melo on their roster.

After a very early exit in last season's playoffs it is apparent that the Nuggets are in need of a roster change.

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