Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Updated: February 10, 3:05 PM ET
Report: Carmelo Anthony talks signing
ESPN.com news services
As rumors swirl that Carmelo Anthony is heading to New York or Los Angeles, the Denver Nuggets forward said he's thinking about staying put.
Anthony said he would "take a real hard look" at signing a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets if he isn't dealt by the NBA's Feb. 24 deadline, according to the Denver Post.
Last week, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that the Knicks and Nuggets were discussing a trade that would involve the Wolves and land Anthony in the Big Apple. Then Tuesday, sources told Broussard that the Lakers and Nuggets had initial talks about a deal that would send Anthony to Los Angeles and Andrew Bynum to Denver.
That trade scenario surprised Anthony.
"I've never heard of that. That was a new one," he said, according to the Denver Post.
"It is what it is. Everyday is something different. I guess now is the Lakers."
The Nuggets have had the extension on the table since June. The Knicks and Lakers would presumably want Anthony to sign an extension if they acquire him. Anthony has long said that he would like to play in New York and he owns a house near Los Angeles.
Since Anthony hasn't signed the extension, the Nuggets have explored trade talks instead of letting him walk as a free agent at the end of the season. This is the first time that Anthony has publicly said that he might re-sign with Denver.