Source: Carmelo Anthony Pushing For Knicks Trade
Shortly after the New York Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets for their eighth straight win, ESPN.com reported that Carmelo Anthony won’t sign the $65 million dollar extension on table, unless he is traded to the New York Knicks.
According to their source, who has been privy to private discussions between Anthony, his agents and the Nuggets, the All-Star forward has his heart set on the Knicks.
Ken Berger of CBSSPORTS.COM confirmed part of ESPN.com’s story, but would not confirm that Anthony has informed the Nuggets that the Knicks are his preference.
Anthony has been the center of trade rumors for several months, with Chicago, New Jersey, Charlotte, Orlando and Houston also mentioned as potential suitors.
The Knicks are believed to lack the sufficient assets to satisfy the Nuggets demands, with the Nets allegedly have the best possible offer thus far; Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and two first-round draft choices, predicated on Anthony’s willingness to sign an extension with New Jersey.
Anthony continues to maintain considerable leverage over the entire situation, despite not having a “no-trade” clause in his contract. The three-time All-Star can hold the Nuggets hostage, force them to trade him to his preferred destination, or they risk losing him next summer as a free-agent.