Anthony could put Nuggets in a bind

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 AM ET

TORONTO - After a bit of a lull, the Carmelo Anthony soap opera is starting to get interesting again.

According to ESPN’s Chris Sheridan, Anthony has told the Denver Nuggets that he will sign an almost $65-million US contract extension only if he is traded to the New York Knicks.

If that is the case, it puts the Nuggets in quite a bind as no team will pony up for the all-star forward if he is going to bolt town next summer.

Other teams such as the Charlotte Bobcats and New Jersey Nets would love to have Anthony, but not if it is just for a few months.

Denver watched LeBron James and Chris Bosh bolt Cleveland and Toronto for Miami for miniscule returns and want to cash in now if Anthony cannot be convinced to stay with the only franchise he has ever known.

Denver general manager Masai Ujiri saw the Bosh saga up close as an assistant GM in Toronto.

Anthony was met with raucous cheers inside and outside Madison Square Garden when Denver played in New York last week.

“Everybody’s yelling out the windows: ‘Melo we need you in New York.’ Of course that feels good when you know someone out there wants you to come and represent their team and represent their city,” Anthony said.

Denver did surprisingly well with Anthony out of the lineup because of injury recently and the Knicks are on their best run in years, so shaking up the roster so significantly would be quite a gamble.

Also, just because Anthony wants to be in the Big Apple doesn’t mean it happens. The Nuggets will take the best offer and if another team thinks it can convince Anthony to stay there, that’s where he’ll be going.

It is believed the Knicks are offering the expiring contract of Eddy Curry, Danilo Gallinari, a first-round pick and possibly either Wilson Chandler or Landry Fields in exchange for Anthony.

MAVS GET EVEN

There is hope Raptors fans.

Though Toronto is about a million games under .500 all-time (OK, a slight exaggeration), the Mavericks were once in a similar hole and have dug their way out of it.

The Mavericks started the week 1,226-1,225. This is just the second time in the organization’s 31-year history that it is over .500. Dallas won its first ever game and it has been downhill ever since.

The Raptors are currently just shy of 200 games below .500.

At one point in the 1990s, Dallas sat 310 games under .500.

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