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Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:37 pm
NEWARK, N.J. – On his way in and out of the Prudential Center Monday night, Carmelo Anthony walked past a series of strategically placed renderings of the Nets’ future home in Brooklyn. The imagery only fueled speculation that the Nets aren’t finished pursuing the Nuggets’ three-time All-Star. 

Who knows? Maybe those posters were part of the presentation the Nets never had a chance to make to Anthony, who made his only trip – as a visiting player – to the temporary home that could’ve been his. 

"That was interesting,” Anthony said with a smile after the Nets beat the Nuggets 115-99. “I mean, that was interesting.” 

Anthony’s reaction to the Nets’ Brooklyn mind tricks was about as far as he pushed the story forward when it comes to where he will be finding a long-term home. The closest Anthony came to making news was when he was asked to clarify whether he’s afraid of risking millions by playing out the season in Denver and becoming a free agent under a new collective bargaining agreement. 

“The CBA is in the back of my mind,” Anthony said. “But as far as being afraid to play this out, I’m not. If that’s what it’s going to take, then so be it. I’m with that. I know in the back of my mind what the CBA is up for, what we’re up for dealing with the lockout, things like that. So as long as I know that, my decision will be my decision.” 

Asked if he’d be willing to take the risk of passing on the extension and facing the unknown of post-lockout free agency, Anthony said, “Yeah, I mean whether it’s playing this year out and then going back to the drawing table, sitting down with Denver and trying to figure it out, or whether it’s to move on, I’m with that.” 

So is Nuggets coach George Karl, who said before the game that he continues to believe – as he did in training camp – that the best outcome for all involved is for Anthony to remain in Denver. 

“My job and my thought is that he’s going to be with us,” Karl said. “It is my desire and that would be probably the best thing for us as a basketball team.” 

That outcome, however, is largely in the hands of Denver executives Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke, who were with the team but kept a low profile amid a throng of media here to chronicle Anthony’s visit. Both of them are banking on the qualifier that came next from Anthony, about whether there is a limit to how much money he’s willing to sacrifice to get to the team of his choice. 

“If I sit here and tell you I’m willing to lose $15 or $20 million, then I’d be lying to you,” Anthony said. “But at the same time, this has never been about the money. In my career so far, I think I’ve made enough money. Now I can focus on just trying to win a championship. That’s the only thing that’s on my plate and on my mind right now.” 

Anthony reflected on the news conference held Jan. 19 in which Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov put a very public end to the Nets’ pursuit of Anthony. He reiterated that he would’ve accepted a meeting with the Nets’ brass if Prokhorov hadn’t canceled it, but wouldn’t reveal whether he would’ve agreed to an extension as part of a trade. 

“As far as the extension, if that trade were to go through, who knows what would’ve happened?” Anthony said. “I can’t answer that because it didn’t go through.” 

Nothing has changed for Anthony, who all along has only considered signing a three-year, $65 million extension with the Knicks or Nuggets – though a person familiar with the strategy being employed by his agents at Creative Artists Agency recently told that CAA has been consistent since the summer in advising the Nuggets that he won’t re-sign with them. As for Anthony himself, he refuted a previously published report that Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire had recently texted him urging him to join forces in New York. 

“I read that, that he supposedly texted me or something like that,” Anthony said. “I didn’t get it. I didn’t get that text.” 

Aside from stating his willingness to play this game of chicken with the Nuggets past the Feb. 24 deadline, perhaps Anthony’s most revealing comment was one that won’t get many headlines. The Nuggets’ executives, particularly Ujiri, who were in constant contact with Anthony throughout the protracted trade talks with the Nets, have been quiet lately. 

“I haven’t really talked to those two guys about anything as of late,” Anthony said. “Prokhorov put an end to it. That’s all I can say about it. When something starts going on, I’m pretty sure Masai and Josh will come to me and let me know what’s going on.” 

All that was going on Monday night, as Anthony walked past those Brooklyn posters one more time with his with his manager, Robert “Bay” Frazier, was that he was heading back to Denver with the Nuggets. Whether he’ll be there three more weeks or three more months is the next plot twist. 

“I have to look at it as a business and we just go from there,” Anthony said. “If we make a business decision together, and that’s for me to stay in Denver, or they say the business decision is to trade you somewhere else, then you’ve got to deal with that.”

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:52 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

What candyjeff doesn't understand is "anything" can happen.. Jeff wants to wait and say "he wants to play for the Knicks, so we'll get him next year for free".. That may happen.. May not..

1. Orlando could position themselves to get Carmello. The Magic have to get Dwight to re-sign in 2 years.. Getting Melo would help that.. Who do you think Carmello would rather play with. Amare or the best Center in basketball(who won't take shots away from melo), Dwight Howard?? Its just a thought

2. L.A. Lakers could get Carmello.. As I said, not likely, but "anything" can happen.. Its well known that the Lakers can pretty much get any player in the last year of his contract they want, every year, if they would just part with Andrew Bynum.. Maybe the Lakers get frustrated with Bynum and ship him. Maybe Bynum pisses off Kobe and Kobe says make the deal.. Who knows.. But if the lakers offered Bynum & Artest or Bynum and Odom for Melo, he's gone to the Lakers.. And if you think he wouldn't re-sign with the Lakers and say "to hell with the Knicks", you are smoking. Being in the same legacy as Kareem, Magic, Shaq, Kobe, is better than being Clyde Frazier, his suits, and Patrick Ewing..

3. The New Jersey Nets are still in play here.. Their owner is filthy rich and is not used to being told NO.. They are moving to New York too. I know, its not the same as the Garden.. But they are moving. Now, what if the Nets clear space by getting rid of everyone but Brook Lopez.. Then, what if the Nets can get Chris Paul... Carmello wants to play him too, you know.. Then, New Jersey has to offer, Chris Paul, a better than average Center in Lopez, enough room to sign an almost max player thats very good(like Rudy Gay who signed for 82 mil this past season) AND a lottery pick next year which could be Ohio State's freshman.. Who knows..

I know its a lot of "if's".. I get that.. I am just saying, that sitting back and waiting for next year, would be foolish. Especially if you can get him for giving up Landry Fields.. The same Fields that scored 4 POINTS last night.. We are talking about top 10 player, top 2 scorer in the NBA, Carmello Anthony... Although, Landry Fields and Wilson Chandler are good success stories, send them packing to bring in Melo...

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2011 3:57 am

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

I agree with you redwings 1969. But I still believe Knicks are trading for him. To your point no one knows what Melo is thinking so why take a chance. Trade now and then you dont have to worry about next Year and if he gets a better offer. We will have Stoudemire-Melo-Felton-(Gallarni or Chandler whoever we dont trade) and Douglas. Dam good Lineup . We can win now in the Playoffs with that Lineup as this Year Knicks will just be ok in Playoffs with current Lineup. Not built for a long run , no Defense. I just hope the Knicks make the Trade now. Let Fields -Randolph-(Chandler or Gallarni) go.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:48 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

he already said hes willing to sacrifice millions if he dont listen..he has said no to denver and new jersey..and the people that represent him have said only new york..its not cockiness..its common gonna look u up when hes a knick...and i have land for you to are ignorant..and single for sure

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:45 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

apparently, some people dont hear what he and his suppport group have been preaching..he has made it clear he wants to play near his home and its his dream to be a knick, with them having the interest and the cap space..what more do you need to hear?...some people dont understand simple english..youll see...i think denver should take what they can get..but..they have egos too..i agree the knicks do need more star power, but dont give up a player like fields..they dont have to..bottom line..he says he wants to play here..and they want him..if you think hes staying in denver..youre a moron..hes declined a max offer..i cant teach common sense...some people have it, and then there are morons that need to have it explained..when hes on knicks next year if theres basketball..i'll remember the people who dont understand desire and business..he controls his destiny and said its what he dreams of..wake up..or go watch bingo

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:38 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

shyguy...why would you let fields go..his contract is sensible..and the knicks dont NEED to give him up..why would you give up a talent like that when in 2 months youll get him dont understand that just melo doesnt make a team..and a young talent like his is valuable...carmelo will be a knick next year if they play
Typical New York cockiness.  How do you know he'll be a Knick next year?  You're going by what "sources" say because Carmelo Anthony has NEVER gone public with anything like that.   If these "sources" would have said he was going somewhere else, you wouldn't believe them. But since it's New York, it's as good as done.... like I said, typical New York fan thinking.

You have no idea what the new CBA will be.  What if Melo stands to lose millions leaving Denver? What if the new CBA provides players that stay home huge benefits?  What if Melo has a change of heart and decides to stay??  You have no idea what's going to happen....

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:32 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

Candyjeff: Its simple. Landry Fields is a nice guy. But Carmello Anthony is a top 10 player in the NBA.. ANYBODY CAN GO FOR CARMELLO, but Amare & Felton.. You may "think" Carmello is coming in the off season, but you never know. Anything could happen.. Another team could position themselves to get Carmello.. Prlando could get rid of everyone but Howard and someone else, to attract Carmello.. They have to do something to convince Dwight Howard to sign anyway.. You just never know. ANYTHING could happen.. Don King once said "I'd rather have $100,000 cash than a check for a million dollars, anyday".. Basically, if you can get Carmello today, DO IT.. Don't wait until tomorrow. Sometimes, tomorrow never comes..

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:58 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

*second round

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:57 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

shyguy...why would you let fields go..his contract is sensible..and the knicks dont NEED to give him up..why would you give up a talent like that when in 2 months youll get him dont understand that just melo doesnt make a team..and a young talent like his is valuable...carmelo will be a knick next year if they play..and youre giving up a 2nd year good player..denver isnt holding the cards..they are playing russian dont get i see why you are shy..yep..i'm a candyas$..tell me carmelo needs noone..i mean, must think the mets are run well

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:19 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

I think some of you are on heavy narcotics.  Gallanari, fields CAN NOT BE TOUCHED!!!!!!  Chandler, he can go.  Randolph, he can go.  You do not let go of Gallo or fields NO FKN WAY

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:39 pm

Melo: I'm not afraid to become a free agent

REBEL41- I disagree.. Fields and Chandler is NOT too much to give up for Melo.. Let me say this in all caps.. ANYBODY CAN GO FOR MELO EXCEPT FOR AMARE AND FELTON!!! Anyone can go. Gallo, Fields, Chandler.. Take them all.. Felton has proven he can run the pick & roll with Amare. He's averaging 18 and 9.. Thats great for your PG.. If you add Carmello, then you do a lot for your franchise..

1. You become "big" again. The Knicks would be on TV as much as the Lakers and the Heatles..

2. You get your crowd and fan base back. I know Spike Lee and stars show up for the big games. But if you get Carmello, EVERY night is a big night and ticket prices can rise..

3. You'd have 2 guaranteed All-Stars for the next 5 years AND 2 of the top 10 players in the NBA(yes, Top 10, Amare has proven he is better than Bosh)..

Fields can be replaced. He's a great find for the 2nd round.. Take advantage of that.. Trade hom while he value is high.. Who knows. He could start playing like the 2nd round pick you spent on him. Chandler is too "up & down". He can go too.. Gallo is cool. He hits the 3 and has shown a lot this year with dunking on people. But I wouldn't allow him to stop me from getting Carmello Anthony.. Remember, the CAVS don't have Amare Stoudamire AND Lebron James because they didn't want to include J.J. Hickson in a deal with Phoenix. Because Hickson had a "bright future".. Knicks fans, don't get blinded and start thinking Gallo and Fields have too bright a future to NOT get a Carmello Anthony..

A side note: A dream scenerio would be if the Knicks got rid of everyone.. Felton, Fields, Gallo, Chandler, AND Curry.. With Carmello AND Chris Paul already agreeing to contracts(off the table) wink, wink...

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