The Orlando Magic Are On Carmelo Anthony's Wish List

East All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic blocks a shot by West All-Star Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets during the NBA All-Star Game weekend at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, in Texas, USA on February 14, 2010. Photo by Tolga Adanali/AA/Cameleon/ABACAPRESS.COM

Did we really think rumors about a big time name being traded to Orlando would stop once Darren Collison was traded to Indiana?

Ken Berger of CBS Sports is reporting Carmelo Anthony wants a trade and like Chris Paul, has listed the Orlando Magic and New York Knicks at the top of his list.

Anthony’s hesitation to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets goes beyond his desire to enjoy the major-market exposure and pressure that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade turned down this summer. Melo would accept other destinations as well, and the Magic are believed to be at the top of his list along with the Knicks, according to a person familiar with his strategy.

The exit strategy began taking shape last week, while Anthony was in New York for Nike’s World Basketball Festival. It was then, according to the source, that Nuggets management was advised to begin exploring trade possibilities for Anthony to avoid losing him as a free agent and getting nothing in return. When Denver fills its vacant GM position, the likely choice, former Suns executive David Griffin, will inherit a crisis similar to the one he endured with Amar’e Stoudemire, who left the Suns for a five-year, $99.9 million deal with the Knicks.

Here we go again.

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