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Carmelo Anthony and the Nuggets having a divorce too?


It seems that is the trend in sports these days.

Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony said today that he will continue pondering whether to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension offer from the team coming to the 2010 NBA basketball season, problem is, it looks like he’s leaning towards a trade more.

Asked if he had a timetable by when he’d like to have a final decision, Camelo Anthony said, “No. I’m just taking my time with it,” he said during his basketball camp at ThunderRidge High School. And without a team-imposed deadline, Anthony has all the time he could ever want. League rules say he has until June 30, 2011 to sign the extension or pick up the option on his current contract, which would pay him $18.5 million for the 2011-12 season.

He’s already said winning and a roster with the potential to win are factors. The Denver Nuggets recently parted ways with team executives, Mark Warkentien and Rex Chapman. Anthony is being kept in the loop in the team’s search for a new general manager, but he says that person won’t factor into whether he signs the extension or not.

“I think my decision is my decision,” Anthony said. “I don’t think it’s based on who is in the front office or anything like that. I’m going to make my decision based on my feelings.”

What will factor heavily is progress on a new collective bargaining agreement. Anthony has attended the last two meetings, one just a few days ago in New York, where owners and players had productive dialogue.

Depending on the layout of the new CBA — if there is one by the time the current pact ends next summer — Anthony could stand to make considerably less money on a contract extension than what’s currently being offered.

“I’ve been to the one in All-Star at Dallas when we couldn’t come to any agreements; it was just going back and forth,” Anthony said. “Now, the one the other day in New York, we were just talking — the owners were talking, the players were talking. We want to come to an agreement. We just want to go about it the right way. There’s a little bit of a light at the end of the tunnel now.”

Rumors say that the Houston Rockets is prying Carmelo Anthony to join Yao Ming and the rest of the budding players in Texas. From the Rockets’ end, the odds at least look very good that Daryl Morey will make a strong push to go after him, as he has been talking about the next star that the Rockets must acquire to challenge the Lakers out West.

Morey values two types of contracts more than any other: rookie scale contracts and max-level contracts, because they are typically the only two kinds of contracts that compensate a player well below his true market value.

Rookie scale contracts are set amounts that pay young players very little compared to their worth, and max contracts restrict the amount of money that a player can be paid despite the fact that superstars usually are worth more than $20 million to their team.

While certain players on rookie scale contracts can be acquired at a fairly low cost like Kyle Lowry and Courtney Lee, who were brought in when only players on bad contracts were sent out, Anthony is not going to come cheap.

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Miami Heat 2.75

Los Angeles Lakers 3.75

Boston Celtics 13.00

Dallas Mavericks 19.00

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