LOS ANGELES Carmelo Anthony just wants it over, without saying where he hopes it will end.
The season-long trade speculation involving Denvers All-Star forward is nearing completion, with the deadline for deals arriving Thursday afternoon. Anthony would love an answer even sooner than that.
My minds boggled right now about this whole situation, Anthony said Friday. I wish I could get this thing over with right now, and I wish there was just something that was just on the table that the Nuggets could just say, OK, lets get it done.
There were reports it was ready to happen, as the Nuggets tried for the third time this season to complete a deal with New Jersey, and that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was hoping to meet with Anthony sometime this weekend.
Anthony insisted earlier Friday during an NBA Cares community service event there was no meeting at all and repeated that claim later during his session with the media.
The Nuggets have looked into trading Anthony since he declined to sign a three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million this season. The Nets have been close to a deal twice, and the Knicks are considered the other favorite to land Anthony if Denver decides to move him by Thursday afternoon.
Though refusing to rule out staying in Denver, Anthony also talked of his time with the Nuggets in the past tense. He wont specify a preferred destination, noting that going to the Nets offers the chance to play in his birthplace of Brooklyn, while the Knicks rebuilding effort is further along since the arrival of fellow All-Star Amare Stoudemire.
Anthony said the constant speculation is causing him to lose sleep, and he realizes how much its worn on people throughout the NBA.
Its way past soap opera. Its like a bad movie now, Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Thursday.
I want to get something done. Before I leave here I would love to have something happen, Anthony said. I would love to have a legit offer on the table where they can sit down with me and say, Melo, this is what we have. Lets try to figure it out.
The Nuggets have to weigh their options, Anthony said. If its a deal with somebody else thats legit, then we all have to sit down and hash that out and talk about it. But time is ticking man, and time is money.