A contract season usually leads to the most impressive of performances for an NBA player.
Smelling that big, guaranteed contract one good NBA season can bring, players usually put up career highs across the board in contract seasons.
Erick Dampier being the ultimate exemplification of what a contract year can do for your bank account.
Carmelo Anthony is already on the way to a maximum contract and his performance this season is not going to change his value across the league.
Anthony's quotes about the trade rumors circulating around his name, however, seem to dictate a strong lack of desire to stay in the city of Denver.
"There's been a lot of speculation, a lot of rumors going on this summer about where I'm going to end up, the Nuggets want to trade me, I want to be traded," Anthony said. "That's for my team and front office to discuss. I'm here to focus on basketball and training camp."
Most players, when trying to diffuse trade rumors, discuss their love and adoration for the loyal fanbase of the franchise they are currently contractually tied to; Carmelo chose to go the indifferent route.
"I'm here today," Anthony said. "Whatever the future holds, it holds."
If Anthony stars the season with the Nuggets, he will surely give concerted effort on the court to make the Nuggets a contender in the Western Conference.
But Anthony's deference shows a strong lack of desire and allegiance to the Nuggets' organization after a barrage of trade rumors and it would seem the logical move at this point is to get maximum value for Anthony before he walks away for nothing at the end of the 2010-2011 season.