Report: Carmelo Anthony-Nuggets Divorce Inevitable
According to a report by Ric Bucher on ESPN.com, it is only a matter of time before he and the Denver Nuggets part ways. The three-time All-Star small forward is the clear-cut prize in next summer's free-agent class and is currently mulling over a three-year, $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets.
Bucher quotes one league source as saying, "[Anthony's] going to make it real clear that he's not coming back."
Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke is apparently well aware that his star player will not be returning after next season. At a reception during Anthony's July 11 nuptials to La La Vazquez in New York City, fellow disgruntled All-Star and Olympic teammate Chris Paul made a toast suggesting his friend join forces with Amar'e Stoudemire and the Knicks. Kroenke then followed with a toast of his own, which was met with what Bucher called, an "awkward silence."
Given their cap space, free-flowing offense, the addition of Stoudemire and the lure of Manhattan, the Knicks are already being considered a top suitor.
While he has been a part of very good Denver teams, Anthony seemed agonized during the Nuggets' playoff defeat at the hands of the Utah Jazz. Then again, Adrian Dantley was the interim coach for George Karl, who was being treated for cancer. 'Melo is thought to be in good graces with Karl, and some might say another run at the Western Conference finals could change his mind.
Spike Lee, however, is not one of those people. The Knicks mega-fan has been quite boisterous as of late, making it known that he wants No. 15 in The Garden. He also spoke out at Stoudemire's press conference last month when the Knicks officially announced his deal.
If anyone can convince him, perhaps Lee is that guy.
The 26-year-old Anthony is coming off a banner year in which he averaged 28.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while earning All-NBA Second Team honors.