Carmelo Anthony says he's happy to play in Denver this season


Thumbnail image for Anthony_game.jpgIt’s not personal, it’s business. It’s not about playing in Denver, it’s about keeping his options open for next summer.

That was essentially the line out of Carmelo Anthony after Nuggets practice today. Here are the tweets of FanHouse’s Chris Tomasson:

Melo said he would have no problem starting the season with Denver. It’s all about keeping his options open for 2011-12.

Asked if wants to still be with the Nuggets on opening night, Carmelo Anthony said, “I would love to.” Says its all about next season.

Melo: “if (the Nuggets) come to me and say they want to trade me to a team, then we’ll discuss that when that time comes.”

Melo also said he was never approached and asked if he would sign an extension to go to New Jersey. As we said before, this is semantics — formally he was not, but you can be sure the backchannel conversation took place.

However, there are at least some GMs out there saying Anthony is not going to sign an extension anywhere this year and take his chances next summer. That would change if it were Chicago or New York that came a calling. But that may be moot, both of those teams will make Denver come to them, not the other way around now. Denver is the team that does not want its star to leave for nothing. As time drags on, it’s leverage slips.

Either the Nuggets and Anthony are going to cooperate or they will both lose something. Maybe they both are that stubborn and foolish.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.