Carmelo Anthony To Remain With The Denver Nuggets?

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2010

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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