Carmelo Anthony trade rumors are beginning to be as nauseating and insufferable as the LeBron James "Decision" saga.
The latest rumor involves New Jersey Nets brass setting up a meeting with Carmelo Anthony for this week to discuss him possibly signing a long-term extension with the team.
Anthony flatly denied a potential meeting with the Nets and has said he hasn't even thought about signing an extension with the team. He also has made it a point to mention that the decision is "not about money", perhaps implying that he is willing to go into the upcoming offseason as a free agent, especially if contracts are rolled back in the new CBA if there is a full-season lockout as rumored.
New Jersey Nets fans can't be happy at this prospect, but New York Knicks fans should be jumping for joy. Although it's possible a third-party team could swoop in and convince Carmelo Anthony to play with them in the long term, and although it's possible a third-party team could go crazy and rent Anthony for a year without him signing an extension, the Denver Nuggets may be forced to get 50 cents back on the dollar and accept a lesser trade offer from the Knicks in order to get something back for Anthony...if and only if Donnie Walsh wants to make a trade.
With that in mind, here are six possible starting combinations that feature Carmelo Anthony. The combinations are a mix between getting Anthony post-trade or keeping assets and waiting for the summer.