We've long assumed that Carmelo Anthony would be traded from the Denver Nuggets any day now, with the New York Knicks and (recently) the Los Angeles Lakers being the front-runners after the New Jersey Nets dropped out last month. However, as we get closer to the February 24 trade deadline, there's a chance that the Nuggets do not find a trade partner for him.
When that happens, will Anthony decide he wants to stay with the Nuggets for the long term after all? Speaking to reporters today, he admitted that he would consider signing the three-year, $64 million contract extension that has been on the table throughout this process. Via Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears.
[Carmelo Anthony] said after shootaround he would "take a real hard look at" signing extension w/Nuggets if not dealt by trade deadline.
According to an earlier report, the Nuggets have no problem taking their time and waiting all the way up to the February 24 deadline. If Anthony is not traded, he will become a free agent this summer. However, with a new collective bargaining agreement likely to be in place, he stands to make less money than he would if he signs a contract extension before the summer.