Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was in town this weekend for his annual camp, which was held at ThunderRidge High School and shed a little light on why he hasn’t signed the contract extension, yet.
Anthony did state that he is loyal to Denver and its fans, telling the Denver Post:
“I’ve shown that over my seven-year stint here. I don’t think anybody can question that. But at this point in time, I have to do what’s best for me and my family. I’m just taking my time, figuring out if I want to take that extension or not.”
On playing for the New York Knicks, Anthony stated he’s been hearing that for five years and added:
“I’m a Denver Nugget, man. I’m here. I’m with the Nuggets. I don’t become a free agent until next year – if I decide not to take that extension.”
There are numerous reasons why he is taking his time on the extension, Coach George Karl’s health, the Nuggets not adding another big man, Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen health issues and the Nuggets lack of a general manager.
“We still have the same guys on our team that we went to the Western Conference finals with two years ago,” Anthony said, according to The Denver Post. “Whatever happened last year — whether people say it was George Karl’s sickness, injuries, whatever it may be — we didn’t get there.
“Now everybody panics. The panic button is on, GMs get fired, it’s just a lot that goes on with losing. Hopefully we get back on the right track. Kenyon [Martin] is rehabbing right now, [Chris Andersen] is rehabbing. . . . But everybody seems like they are trying to do what’s right to get back.”
The Nuggets did add Al Harrington this summer, which should lighten Anthony’s scoring load:
“Al Harrington can definitely score the basketball. I’m getting old, man. Scoring 30 a night, I’m past that.”
While it still remains unsure if Anthony will take the $64.7 million, 3-year extension, but considering the amount of money involved it would be hard to see him pass up the extension.