2011: The Summer of Carmelo Anthony

Shams CharaniaContributor ISeptember 17, 2010

Carmelo Anthony, one of the best scorers in the NBA, will become a Free Agent next off-season.
Carmelo Anthony, one of the best scorers in the NBA, will become a Free Agent next off-season.Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The recent stalemate between Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets has gotten various blogs and Internet sites predicting where Anthony, arguably the best scorer in the NBA today, will land.

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In a rare television appearance on TBS's Lopez Tonight, Anthony, when asked by the host, George Lopez, where he plans on playing next season, Anthony clearly stated he is a Denver Nugget and plans to be one next season.

"I'm a Nugget. I'm a Nugget, man," Anthony answered.

Anthony was also very critical of the rumors swirling about where he will land in the near future. "There are a lot of rumors. It's crazy how somebody else will predict where they want you to go at, what team they want you on... It's overwhelming sometimes to read the blogs and see the Internet and see what people are saying. Everybody wants to see me go here, everybody wants to see me go there. And I'm not even a free agent yet. That's the tough part."

Anthony has been rumored to be headed to several destinations: the New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and most recently, the Philadelphia 76ers.

As Anthony said, he isn't a Free Agent yet, and until he becomes one, he doesn't have as much leverage as his team does.

Nevertheless, there's a good chance the Nuggets could deal the star if the team struggles next season and realizes that they're going to be in the same position as the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers, losing a star without getting any thing back.

If Anthony does in fact stay with the Nuggets and become a Free Agent, the Knicks, who have been rumored to be the favorites, could make some sense for Anthony.

Amar'e Stoudemire, who signed a $99.7 million dollar deal with the Knicks this summer, has bragged about his ability to bringing Anthony and Tony Parker to New York.

"I've talked to Carmelo Anthony that he needs to come out here," Stoudemire said to New York Daily News. "I've talked to Tony Parker. Both guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here. So we will see if we can work it out."

A pairing of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tony Parker would set up a big three in the Queen Cities that could potentially contend with the Miami Thrice of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

However, there are plenty of other situations that would make sense for the three-time NBA All-Star.

The summer of 2010 was dominated by the big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. However, with not much star power in the summer of 2011, the summer will belong to one of the best scorers in the NBA, Carmelo Anthony.