Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony may be the next big name to seek a change of scenery.
Not long after LeBron James left Cleveland to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul began voicing his desire to be traded to a more competitive roster.
Now, ESPN.com. cites sources close to Anthony who say he wants to be traded to the New York Knicks to join forces with their recently signed star, Amar’e Stoudemire. If a deal with New York can’t be made, Orlando, New Jersey, New Orleans and Houston are also on Anthony’s list of favorites, according to ESPN.com. But the Nuggets recently told the media that they have no intentions of trading the Baltimore native this offseason.
Anthony still has one mandatory year left on a four-year deal with the team, and thereafter has the option to play with Denver in 2012 or become a free agent. Sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein that Anthony is hoping to force Denver to make a trade by guaranteeing them a chance to receive quality players in return. If the Nuggets choose not to comply with his trade request, he can simply play out the 2011 season, become a free agent, and leave them empty-handed.
A trade involving Anthony probably won’t happen until the Nuggets hire a new general manager. The Nuggets recently parted ways with GM Mark Warkentien and assistant general manager Rex Chapman, the duo that offered Anthony a three-year, $65 million contract extension deal, earlier this month. Anthony is seeking both a longer-term deal and the chance to play for a sure contender fof the league’s title.