Carmelo Anthony has told the Denver Nuggets he will not sign the nearly $65 million contract extension he has been offered unless he is traded to the New York Knicks, a source told ESPN.com on Sunday.
The source, using the most definitive language possible, confirmed what has been widely speculated around the NBA over the past two months as Anthony has been at the center of trade talks involving numerous teams.
And while other franchises might be able to make better offers, Anthony will not agree to sign anywhere long-term unless he is dealt to New York, according to the source, who has been privy to private discussions between Anthony, his representatives and the Nuggets organization.
The reason this matter to us Wolves fans is because the Knicks have also expressed interest in Andre Iguodala. Knowing that Carmelo is determined to get to New York will take the edge off of that competition.
Further, the Knicks will need a third team to pull of a trade for Melo, as they have no draft picks of their own to spend. It's possible we could pick up assets to facilitate our own trade for Iggy by helping the Knicks out, or perhaps even turn the whole thing into a blockbuster with both ourselves and the Sixers involved. The Sixers and Nuggets both want the same things; draft picks, young talent, and cap space. Between ourselves and the Knicks, we have plenty of all three. So something to keep an eye on.