A forgotten man in the “Summer of LeBron”, Carmelo Anthony was also the subject of trade rumors. Still locked into his current deal for one more season with a $65 million extension on the table from the Denver Nuggets yet to be signed by the All-Star forward, speculation continues to grow that Anthony is looking at the front door, Main Source style.
The latest trade had Melo as part of a four team deal that would have landed him in New Jersey, but that has fallen through for the moment. New Jersey has since pulled out of the Carmelo sweepstakes for now, but with number 15 still wearing the powder blue uniform anything can happen before the trade deadline in February. If Carmelo leaves Denver expect him to be wearing the blue and orange of the New York Knicks. Here are five reasons why:
5. He won his only championship in New York.
Sure it was an NCAA title in his only season at Syracuse, but how many current NBA players who did not go to Duke or North Carolina can make that claim? Hopefully getting back to the place where it all went right for him on the court will rub off in the pros.
4. Amare Stoudamire
The newly signed Amare Stoudamire is openly telling anyone who will listen that, like the Miami Heat, the Knicks will have their own dream team triumvirate of himself, Melo, and another free-agent-to be San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker in the near future. Stoudamire recently confessed that he was in Melo’s ear about coming to New York at Anthony’s wedding(!!) That, folks, is what you call persistence.
3. La La Vazquez
As most married men will attest (or not if they are stubborn), whatever wifey says ultimately goes. His new wife was a former MTV VJ in New York City and I am sure that she would rather spend her winter nights in NYC rather than the frigid mountain air of Colorado.
2. He wants to play in New York
He said all the right things at the Denver Nuggets media day claiming he never said he wanted to be traded. Anthony is right, he never said that… in public. The silence must be deafening because the ubiquitous “sources close to Anthony” have all said that he has confided that the Knicks and the Bulls are his preferred destinations. Although he was raised in Baltimore Carmelo was born in New York. With New Jersey pulling out of the proposed four-team trade that would have brought Melo to the Nets, it is obvious that Anthony was hesitant to head to the swamp even with the Nets moving to Brooklyn in two years. Another rumor has it that Melo is holding out hope that the Knicks will make a last ditch attempt to put a package together to get him to the Big Apple before the season starts.
1. The Decision
Carmelo saw LeBron take his talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the Heat. That is three of the top five picks (James #1, Bosh #4, Wade #5) in the same 2003 NBA Draft that he was in (Anthony was the #3 pick). Melo doesn’t feel his supporting cast in Denver matches up in star power and he wants to get in on a friendly rivalry of “Big Three” teams which makes New York or Chicago very attractive destinations. No word if he is going to join Darko Milicic (the no.2 pick in the 2003 draft and colossal NBA bust to this point) any time soon.