Reports: Denver Nuggets listening to offers for Carmelo Anthony

by Derrick Johnson on September 21, 2010

With reports surfacing that the Denver Nuggets may be willing to part with their best player, Carmelo Anthony, rumors have been swirling about where the three-time NBA All-Star may end up.

ESPN.com reports that the reason why the Denver Nuggets may be willing to part with the talented swingman is because of how the departures of LeBron James and Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat devastated the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors, respectively.

Carmelo Anthony, popularly known as Melo, is entering the final year of his contract and has thus far not signed the Nuggets' three-years contract extension offer worth a reported $65 million. By comparison, James and Wade, who re-signed with Miami this summer, each inked deals worth around $100 million, although they could have reportedly signed for more.

By trading the 2010 All-NBA second teamer before his deal expires the Nuggets may be able to gain some assets rather than lose Melo for nothing next summer.

On August 16, ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher reported that it was "a matter of when, not if, Anthony and the Nuggets will go their separate ways." 

The New Jersey Nets, emerging as bigger players in the NBA with their recent purchase by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, appear to be the frontrunner in the race for the man who led Syracuse to its 2003 NCAA title, according to ESPN.com.

The news provider reports that sources have said Melo may be willing to sign an extension with the Nets, who would reportedly ship the ultra-athletic Derrick Favors, last June's third pick in the NBA Draft, along with the expiring contracts of Troy Murphy and Kris Humphries and "at least one future first-round pick," to Denver in exchange for one of the NBA's best scorers.

The Nuggets open training camp on September 28. 

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