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The man behind almost all of this trade speculation is Carmelo Anthony, whose every move could send off shock-waves throughout the rest of the league.
It seems that about half the teams in the league have been rumored at one point or another to be in talks for Anthony, but now there seem to be two front-runners with the best chance of acquiring him.
The New Jersey Nets just started talks up again with the Nuggets, and seem like the team the Nuggets would be most willing to deal with. The Nets have Derrick Favors and an early draft pick, two things the Nuggets would want in return for Anthony.
The problem with this trade working is that in order for Anthony to be traded he would need to sign a contract extension. He has repeatidly said that he has no interest in going to New Jersey. This could be the deal-breaker that stops a trade between the Nuggets and Nets.
The other team left in the mix, and everyone's favorite to acquire Anthony is the New York Knicks. The Nuggets and Knicks have gone back and forth a few times with possible trades, but the two front offices seem to be miles apart. Anthony's first choice destination would be New York, but it seems as though he may have to wait until the off-season to go there.
With teams like the Lakers and Dallas all but out of the picture, Carmelo Anthony will be finishing off the season where he started it, in Denver.