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08:54 AM ET 07.21 | Carmelo Anthony isn't with Team USA, which means he wasn't able to defend himself when Chauncey Billups had some fun with the question of whether Anthony "is going to take the extension." "He better, or he's going to have a problem on his hands when he sees me," Chauncey Billups said with a chuckle. Sources close to Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony have said that he expects to accept the team's offer of a three-year, $65 million contract extension, and Billups said Tuesday he shares that confidence. "I'm hoping he does. I know Melo loves Denver, it's pretty much home and I think that he will (sign the extension)," Billups said by phone from Las Vegas, where the Nuggets guard is practicing with Team USA. "But I've seen stranger things. ... All I can do is be hopeful."

The Denver Post

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July 21, 2010  08:59 AM ET

First!!!!

July 21, 2010  09:02 AM ET

Here we go again - All the fortune tellers will be out soon saying how this will impact the Knicks for the next 10 years...

July 21, 2010  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Here we go again - All the fortune tellers will be out soon saying how this will impact the Knicks for the next 10 years...

He becomes a free agent next year if he does not sign the extension. Given he's had sometime to sign and he hasn't yet Denver should look to trade him so they don't end losing him for nothing like Lebron did to the Cavs. Now if there's a team out there that thinks they can get Melo to stay with them past the end of his contract even though that's not the team he wants to go to... good luck.

Knicks are just one of the other 29 teams he can go to if he decides to leave Denver. But given he's a warrior I think he'll embrace the pressure of winning where he's from - not like the coward quitter who turned his back on his own people.

July 21, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He becomes a free agent next year if he does not sign the extension. Given he's had sometime to sign and he hasn't yet Denver should look to trade him so they don't end losing him for nothing like Lebron did to the Cavs. Now if there's a team out there that thinks they can get Melo to stay with them past the end of his contract even though that's not the team he wants to go to... good luck. Knicks are just one of the other 29 teams he can go to if he decides to leave Denver. But given he's a warrior I think he'll embrace the pressure of winning where he's from - not like the coward quitter who turned his back on his own people.

Wow..... that's funny. But 65 million over three years is serious change. That will be hard to turn down.

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July 21, 2010  09:44 AM ET

Melo isn't turning down the extension, only a dummy would leave that much money on the table on a short term. Its going to be hard for anybody right now to win a title with L.A on top and Miami stacking their team up.

July 21, 2010  09:58 AM ET

Are you a mile "high", Bro?

July 21, 2010  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He becomes a free agent next year if he does not sign the extension. Given he's had sometime to sign and he hasn't yet Denver should look to trade him so they don't end losing him for nothing like Lebron did to the Cavs. Now if there's a team out there that thinks they can get Melo to stay with them past the end of his contract even though that's not the team he wants to go to... good luck. Knicks are just one of the other 29 teams he can go to if he decides to leave Denver. But given he's a warrior I think he'll embrace the pressure of winning where he's from - not like the coward quitter who turned his back on his own people.

'Melo is from B-more, bro

July 21, 2010  10:28 AM ET

This is starting to look bad for Denver, if he wanted to stay he would have signed by now.

July 21, 2010  10:33 AM ET
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'Melo is from B-more, bro

FYI - Actually born in Brooklyn then went to B-more as a young kid............

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July 21, 2010  11:07 AM ET

Melo will stay in Denver. Nice clean city. He can always visit NY.

July 21, 2010  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Melo isn't turning down the extension, only a dummy would leave that much money on the table on a short term. Its going to be hard for anybody right now to win a title with L.A on top and Miami stacking their team up.

Dummy see Richard Jefferson

July 21, 2010  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

This is starting to look bad for Denver, if he wanted to stay he would have signed by now.

Melo may have questions on where Denver is going....this year contacts up Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, Nene has an ETO, Billups turns 34 in Sept and next year is I think only part guaranteed of the $14.2m could be Cut in a salary CAP move. (Remember this is the team that traded Camby to LAC for a 2rd pick) And then throw in Coach Karl health, plus only a one year contact for Karl....or it could just be cause Melo just got Married, and is on his honeymoon No time for business.

July 21, 2010  11:35 AM ET
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This is starting to look bad for Denver, if he wanted to stay he would have signed by now.

If they can't take a cue from Lebron & Gilbert I don't know what other scape goats they'd need. Him not signing by now should get them shopping him hard right about now instead of sucking up to him hoping he'd change his mind the same way Cleveland did with Lebron.

July 21, 2010  11:39 AM ET

Melo is a physically gifted athlete but is prone to mental lapses. He is one player that can go mano a mano with LeFraud and come out on top. Hopefully his marriage will settle him down and help him mature.

July 21, 2010  11:43 AM ET

There are some players that have shown a willingness to leave $$ on the table to choose where to play. I don't think Melo is one of those players.

July 21, 2010  11:51 AM ET
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Dummy see Richard Jefferson

Richard Jefferson left 15 million for 1yr, Melo would be leaving 65 million for 3 yrs lets do the math together... thats over 21 million a season for the next 3 yrs, alot more money then Jefferson.. plus Jefferson wanted a longer comittment with a nice pay because he knows his value has went down and teams won't commit to him next year after the worst season of his career. Plus with the new cba and possible lock out Melo is risking getting less money not taking the extension.

 
July 21, 2010  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He becomes a free agent next year if he does not sign the extension. Given he's had sometime to sign and he hasn't yet Denver should look to trade him so they don't end losing him for nothing like Lebron did to the Cavs. Now if there's a team out there that thinks they can get Melo to stay with them past the end of his contract even though that's not the team he wants to go to... good luck. Knicks are just one of the other 29 teams he can go to if he decides to leave Denver. But given he's a warrior I think he'll embrace the pressure of winning where he's from - not like the coward quitter who turned his back on his own people.

Are you still mad you can't return your Lebron Knicks gear... If he would have joined the Knicks would you be singing he "turn his back on his own people" or defending Lebron for leaving Cleveland.. Man you must of got your feelings hurt this summer.

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