With all of the trade rumors involving Carmelo Anthony and his impending trade in the coming weeks, it is easy to forget that the option to remain with the Denver Nuggets is still on the table.
Carmelo has been a member of the Nuggets organization since 2003 after he was drafted third overall in the NBA Draft.
Now in his eighth season, Anthony has put up some of the best numbers out all the players in Nuggets history. Anthony has scored over 13,000 points and has played in 560 career games. Anthony has also logged nearly 2,000 assists and 3,500 rebounds.
Anthony has been the face of the Nuggets franchise since he first stepped foot on the court in his number 15 jersey. The same jersey that is worn by thousands of Denver fans and is consistently ranked in the top 10 of individual sales every year.
More recently, the Denver fan base seems to have turned on Anthony as the rumors of trades to teams such as the New York Knicks, L.A. Lakers and even the Houston Rockets are all surfacing on a daily basis.
Although that would surely change if Antony were to sign a contract extension with the Nuggets.
Denver's latest contract offer was reportedly worth three years and close to $65 million.
Anthony was quoted in the Denver Post, stating that "As the days go on, that's something that I think about, that nothing might happen, that I'll be here, whether I have to deal with the free-agency market or re-sign the extension here with the Nuggets."
So is it possible that all of the trade rumors and speculation have all been for nothing?
The world will know Anthony's future on either on or before the February 24th deadline, but it is certain to say that many are hoping that he remains right where he is.