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Carmelo Anthony Trade May Not Happen Until Deadline Day

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors will continue to circulate over the next couple of weeks, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, because the Denver Nuggets are interested in waiting until the trade deadline on Feb. 24 in order to drive up the price for their superstar.

'Melo has been on the market since September 2010, so a few more weeks shouldn't bother Nuggets bosses Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri too much. But with the extra time will come new and unbelievable offers from teams looking to lock up Anthony (such as the New York Knicks and L.A. Lakers) and teams hoping to rent the scorer for the stretch run.

The alternative for Denver -- keeping 'Melo past the deadline and hoping he'll flinch and sign a contract extension before July 1 -- isn't awful, either. The Nuggets have wanted to avoid following in the path of the Cavaliers and Raptors, teams that lost their star players last summer and suffered mightily for it. 'Melo has refused to sign an extension Denver offered last summer, spurring attempts to trade the All-Star forward.

If the past week has been any indication, more teams will likely join the trade rumor mill. A rumor suggesting a trade sending Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers was possible popped up on Tuesday. It now appears unlikely the Lakers will part with Andrew Bynum to make such a deal happen, but we can expect other teams to come out of nowhere, whether there is truth to the rumors or not.