An­thony keep­ing his op­tions open

Los Angeles Times - - Baseball - wire re­ports

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 up­com­ing 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 turned down a three-year, $65-mil­lion ex­ten­sion from the Nuggets dur­ing the off-sea­son.

Over the week­end Den­ver tried to trade the three-time All-Star and was re­port­edly close to a megadeal that would have sent An­thony to the New Jersey Nets. An­thony, 26, has av­er­aged 24.7 points a game in seven sea­sons with Den­ver.

LeBron James re­ported for work with his new team and said he didn’t ex­pect Mi­ami Heat 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 DWade that I com­peted with for seven years,” James said.

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

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

The Golden State War­riors made it of­fi­cial when they an­nounced Keith

Smart as their new head coach, re­plac­ing Don Nel­son.

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.

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

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