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Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors Heat Up from Los Angeles to New York

Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony sits on the bench during a time out in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Cleveland on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony sits on the bench during a time out in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA basketball game in Cleveland on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)  (AP2011)

Where will Carmelo Anthony be playing after the NBA trade deadline?

Your guess is as good as any of the number of websites reporting about the where the Denver Nuggets' forward will end after Feb. 24.

New York? Los Angeles? Or will he stay in Denver for the rest of the year?

ESPN has reported that the Lakers had jumped into the mix, offering center Andrew Bynum. The website described the talks as preliminary discussions.

The Los Angeles Times, however, in a reported published on Foxsportswest.com, quoted a representative from the Lakers as saying the trade rumors were "inaccurate."

Anthony, who is half Puerto Rican, has been on the trade block for months since he turned down a contract extension offered by the Nuggets. 

The All-Star forward, who is average nearly 25 points and 8 rebounds per game and coming off a 50-point performance in a losing effort against the Houston Rockets, was at the center of trade discussions with the New Jersey Nets, too, before the team's owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, abruptly cased talks.

The Knicks, however, have been front and center from the beginning. Anthony was born in Brooklyn and has not been shy about his desire to play in New York. Earlier this week, Anthony was rumored to be the centerpiece in a three-team deal that would have landed him New York in exchange for, among other players and draft picks, Knicks' forward Wilson Chandler.

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