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Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony(notes) is a free agent next summer and he has told friends that he's "eager to explore playing" for the New York Knicks when his contract is up, according to

However, with a new collective bargaining agreement expected to be less lucrative for players next year, Anthony faces a dilemma: Does he take his chances as a free agent or does he sign a three-year, $65 million extension the Nuggets are offering now. sources say that team owners are determined to "clamp down" on player salaries and player movement in the next CBA after all the free-agent nuttiness this summer.

"Carmelo already wants to play in New York," one source told the site. "He doesn't need anybody to bring him there. He's a gunslinger. That situation is perfect for him."

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