It seems to have become a matter of when Denver Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony will become a New York Knick, not if that will happen.
An Anthony trade hinges on his willingness to sign a contract extension, and an ESPN report states that Anthony has indicated that New York is the only team with which he will sign that extension.
From the ESPN report:
“While other franchises might be able to make better offers, Anthony will not agree to sign anywhere long-term unless he is dealt to New York, according to the source, who has been privy to private discussions between Anthony, his representatives and the Nuggets organization.”
Anthony is under contract to the Nuggets for this season, and the organization has come to believe that he will not sign a long-term extension to stay in Denver. He has also said he will not accept a trade without an extension, and would instead become a free agent.
“Whatever decision I make, that is going to be the first thing that gets done,” Anthony said of signing the extension.
While the Knicks have won 13 of 14 and at 16-9 are serious playoff contenders the acquisition of Anthony, who averages 24.7 points per game for his eight-year career would make them a serious threat in the Eastern Conference.
Anthony to the Knicks would also be a loss for the New Jersey Nets, who many think have the best package of players and expiring contracts to offer Denver.