NBA Picks Insider Reports Melo Move Could Complicate East Race

That sound you hear is nothing more than NBA teams hitting the hardwood as training camps prepare to open. It’s been a wild summer at The Association, as most of it has been tied to LeBron James and his new gang in South Beach with a continued shift of power to the Eastern Conference. But King James may find it gets even more crowded in the East if Carmelo Anthony has his way.

In late August, Melo began to spread rumors that he wanted out of Denver. With one year remaining on his contract, Anthony was interested in a three-year, $65 million extension. He just wasn’t interested in him coming over from the Nuggets. The team has begun to explore a number of trade options, hoping to gain some young players in return. That desire has affected the New York Knicks’ chances of landing Melo, but it has kept the other three rumored suitors (Houston, Chicago and New Jersey) heavily in the mix.

For now, any news that Anthony has changed addresses has been kept under wraps. But that hasn’t stopped people from asking. The Denver Post asked La La Vasquez, Anthony’s new wife, about her husband’s plans while he promoted his new reality show.

“I find myself trying to stay away from speculation,” she told The Post. “She’s been with those guys for seven years and she’s played her heart out.”

Melo himself has been fairly low-key on the subject, telling his Twitter followers: “When I know something, you guys will know something. #blankdot.” At the moment he’s still a Denver Nugget, but it only seems to be a question of when he gets traded, not if. With two of the three contenders in the East, a trade to the Right Coast could make the battle for the top half of the conference very interesting.

Land Anthony in Chicago and the Bulls will quickly become the NBA’s picks to click, replacing the Cavaliers as the Central Division’s rulers. Combine that with a healthy Devin Harris and an emerging Brook Lopez in New Jersey and they could be the second-best team in the Atlantic Division behind the Celtics.

Meanwhile, training camp opens next week and it seems almost certain that Melo will be on Denver’s roster. Keep your eyes open. This story will continue to unfold and will have a huge impact on the season.

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