Anthony says he never asked to be traded from Nuggets

NBA notes

September 27, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

Carmelo Anthony, at the center of swirling trade rumors, said Monday at the Denver Nuggets' media day that he never asked to be traded.

"I'm leaving my options open right now," said Anthony, who will be a free agent after the coming season. "At the end of the season, I'll sit down with my team, I'll sit down with the Nuggets, and we'll talk about it. This has been a long summer. I'm just excited to get back to the court."

Anthony, a former Towson Catholic star, turned down a three-year, $65 million extension from the Nuggets during the offseason.

Over the weekend, Denver tried to trade the three-time All-Star and was close to a megadeal that would have sent Anthony to the New Jersey Nets. But the Nuggets were reportedly concerned about the deal that would have sent Nets rookie forward Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko and two first-round picks to Denver for Anthony.

Anthony, 26, was the third pick overall in the 2003 NBA draft out of Syracuse. He's averaged 24.7 points in seven seasons with Denver.

Heat: LeBron James reported for work with his new team and said he didn't expect teammate Dwyane Wade to defer to him.

"I wouldn't have come here if he was going to be a different player. I don't want that. I want the same D-Wade that I competed with for seven years," James said.

James came under fire for his decision to leave the Cavaliers to join Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and for turning his choice into a nationally televised special.

James said he appreciated Wade's wanting to make concessions to the James-Wade-Bosh trifecta assembled by Pat Riley this summer, but said the only concession should be that each no longer has to force the action. "When you're the No. 1 option, there's times when you've got to force certain shots," James said.

James also insisted he is beyond the elbow injury that limited him in the Cavaliers' second-round playoff demise against the Celtics.

To skeptics who said the injury was an excuse for a player who had checked out on his team in advance of free agency, he said, "I mean, you take somebody's elbow away from 'em, their right elbow and their shooting arm, it's like taking Peyton Manning's throwing shoulder away or Tiger Woods' knee from him. It's very difficult."

Warriors: Golden State made it official when it announced Keith Smart as its new coach, replacing Don Nelson.

The switch was expected after Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the team from Chris Cohan for $450 million in July. Nelson, the winningest coach in NBA history, had one year and $6 million left on his contract.

Smart, 46, is best known for his game-winning shot in Indiana's victory over Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game. He has been a Warriors assistant coach for seven years.

Nelson, 70, had coached the last four seasons at Golden State. But the Warriors were 26-56 last season, finishing with the third worst record in the Western Conference.

Clippers: Coach Vinny Del Negro told reporters he was concerned about the shape of veteran point guard Baron Davis.

"He started a little bit later probably than he needed to. He's in pretty good shape right now, but he's not where he needs to be," Del Negro said.

Davis, in an upbeat mood, said he was not far off in terms of his shape.

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