DENVER -- Rumors once again have intensified about star forward Carmelo Anthony not being long for Denver. But sources close to the situation and Anthony himself said Monday that no trade will happen soon.
Asked in an interview with FanHouse if he believes a deal is imminent, Anthony said, "No.''
Anthony, who has yet to sign a three-year, $64.47 million extension that is on the table and can become a free agent next summer, was back in Denver after scoring 31 points Sunday against theKnicks, the team many believe he wants to join. ESPN.com reported after the Knicks' 129-125 win at Madison Square Garden that Anthony has told the Nuggets that New York is the only team for which he will sign an extension if traded.
But Anthony emphatically denied that report.
"No,'' Anthony said when asked if there's any truth to it. "I haven't talked to Masai (Ujiri, theNuggets executive vice president of basketball operations) about who I would sign an extension with, and who I want to sign with. I've never had that conversation.''
Ujiri said he prefers to keep all conversations with Anthony private. Sources close to the situation did agree with what Anthony said about the denial.
For what it's worth.