In Denver, they are getting the sinking feeling that star forward Carmelo Anthony will be leaving the Nuggets after the 2010-2011 season.
A methodical connecting of dots is slowly leading to a grim conclusion for the Nuggets, who want to re-sign Carmelo Anthony to face-of-the-franchise status beyond the upcoming season.
These are some of the dots: He's selling his Littleton estate; the constant reports of Anthony telling friends that he wants to play for the New York Knicks; his New York wedding; his East Coast upbringing; summer trade talk that has cropped up twice in his time in Denver, which hasn't always made him feel wanted; oh, and not signing a contract that averages around $21.6 million per year for the next three years, a sizable amount of money that he may not be able to earn with a new collective bargaining agreement.
Anthony has connected some dots of his own. Even if he was completely happy with the Nuggets now, in three years he may look around at a team that is a shell of the one that reached the Western Conference finals in 2009. It could be young and inexperienced. It could be filled with mediocre talent. His NBA biological clock would be ticking loudly because he would be in his 10th season. There's no way he wants to start over 10 seasons into his career.
All of this, of course, leads to another year of speculation and hope for a brighter future from suffering Knicks fans. We just have to wait and see if they will end up disappointed again.