Are the Nuggets Softening Up on Dumping Anthony?
The Denver Nuggets appear to be softening up on the possibility of dumping perennial all-star Carmello Anthony, according to a report on ESPN.com.
The Nuggets still aren't aggressively shopping Anthony and haven't withdrawn their long-standing offer of a contract extension, but numerous sources told ESPN.com that Denver officials have in recent days let other teams know for the first time that they will listen to pitches after previously resisting such discussions.According to ESPN.com, it is believed that the Nets have emerged as the front-runner. The report indicated that Anthony would sign an extension with the Nets and the New Jersey club would ship out Derrick Favors (the No. 3 pick in this year's draft), the expiring contracts of Troy Murphy and Kris Humphries. Additionally, ESPN reported that at least one future first-round pick would also be forked over to Denver in order to bring Anthony to the East Coast.
ESNP's source "did acknowledge that New Jersey was in serious consideration based on the Nuggets' reluctance to trade Anthony to a Western Conference team and the Nets' combination of expiring contracts, draft picks and a young player with serious upside," according to the report.
The rumor mill also puts the Knicks, Bulls, Rockets, Clippers and Warriors in the Anthony sweepstakes.