"League executives are becoming more convinced that Carmelo Anthony would not agree to a contract extension with the Nets, according to CBSSports' Ken Berger.
No team will trade for Anthony unless he is willing to sign an extension. And if the Knicks are the only team Melo wants to play for, they have little reason to trade for him. Anthony can just let his contract with Denver run out and then go sign in New York."
* As we close in on Dec. 15, when numerous free agents signed over the summer become trade-eligible, rival executives have privately started wondering if the Heat would consider parting with one of their Big Three if it meant fielding a more complete team. The face-saving option to trade and the most easily obtainable, executives say, would be Chris Bosh. In fact, one executive speaking on condition of anonymity wondered how it would alter Denver's reluctance to trade [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] if the Heat offered a package centered around Bosh. The [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], according to the executive, might prefer an established star in the low post as opposed to [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], an unproven rookie. It's fun speculation, but highly unlikely. Aside from the embarrassment associated with breaking up the ballyhooed Big Three in Miami, the rub would be cost; executives continue to believe that if Denver deals Anthony and/or [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] before the February deadline, it will be in a major cost-cutting deal.
* Meanwhile, as the Melo turns, executives are becoming more convinced that Anthony would not agree to an extension with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] -- a stance that could kill New Jersey's months-long bid for the superstar once and for all. Having attended a recent Nets game in Newark, which might as well be Russia as far as native New Yorker Anthony is concerned, I concur. Melo is interested in starring in a Broadway show -- or a nearby, off-Broadway equivalent. Had the Nets' move to Brooklyn not been sabotaged by lawsuits and New York City government paralysis, that would've made a huge difference. But Newark is Newark, and I believe Melo is headed elsewhere.
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