All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony told the Denver Nuggets he won’t sign the $65 million contract extension he’s been offered unless he’s traded to the New York Knicks, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the private discussions.
Anthony, 26, received a standing ovation from Knicks’ fans during player introductions before New York’s 129-125 win over the Nuggets yesterday at Madison Square Garden. It was the Knicks’ eighth straight win, their longest winning streak since the 1994-95 National Basketball Association season.
The Nuggets have until the NBA’s Feb. 24 trade deadline to deal Anthony otherwise they’d probably lose him without compensation as an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Anthony has told the Nuggets he won’t sign a three-year extension unless he’s traded to the Knicks, ESPN said. Anthony, who was born in New York and attended Syracuse University, told reporters yesterday that he doesn’t think the Nuggets will trade him to a team he doesn’t want to play for.
The 6-foot-8 Anthony has averaged 22.8 points and eight rebounds this season for the Nuggets, who fell to 14-9. He had 31 points and 13 rebounds against the Knicks yesterday.