There are now reports that have come up that the Nuggets are willing to move J.R. Smith. He is in his final year of his contract that is paying him $6.03 million dollars.
Right now the Nuggets are in a big mess especially cause they don’t have a General Manager at the moment, plus the Carmelo rumors are flying around like crazy and now this. J.R. Smith had a very solid year last season averaging 15.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals a game. J.R. Smith has been in the rumor mill since he came to Denver back in 2006. Raptors even tried to get him for Kapono but it was turned down. Read more
There have been rumors around the NBA that Carmelo Anthony wants out of Denver. Denver has had a 3 year extension worth $65 million dollars on the table for Carmelo since the NBA draft. Carmelo has had over two months+ to make a decision and still hasn’t given the Nuggets his answer. Carmelo has two years left on his current contract, but he can opt out after the upcoming season. That would make him a free agent and the biggest name on the market next season. If he decides not to sign the extension, and to exercise the option on his current contract, he would make $18.5 million in 2011-12.
Anthony has until July 1st, 2011 to accept the offer or not. Anthony is mulling over this offer because the main problem here is that after next season a new collective bargaining agreement is supposed to begin for the NBA. Once that is in place, its supposed to help the league more and it will most likely affect the players because they might not be able to get paid as much money as they used to. Read more