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Carmelo says he's committed to Nuggets

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A month ago, there were numerous reports that Carmelo Anthony would be traded before the start of the NBA regular season and most likely would be traded to the Bulls or the New York Knicks, the top teams on his wish list.

Anthony supposedly wanted out of Denver and Nuggets management didn't want to risk the circus atmosphere of starting the season with someone who wanted out.

But two weeks into the season, Anthony is still a Nugget and isn't talking like someone looking to force his way out of town.

The Nuggets play the Bulls tonight at the United Center and Anthony was asked after the team's shootaround this morning at Moody Bible Institute if he thought about what it would be like to play with the Bulls.

"Maybe if I was a free agent I would let my mind wander, but I can't do that right now," he said. "I have to focus on being a Nugget and basketball. It wouldn't be right if I let my mind wander and think about if I was here in Chicago.

"Once I'm inside these walls, it's all about basketball. That's all I really care about, playing basketball. That's what I do best. Outside these walls, it is what it is. I'm not even thinking about business right now. I'm all about basketball right now."

So far, Anthony, who can become a free agent after the season, has refused to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nuggets, which has sparked all the trade rumors. But Anthony was asked if he could see a scenario where he stays in Denver if the team is playing well in February at the trading deadline.

"Sure," he said. "Why not? I don't see why not."

He also had some nice words about the Bulls:

"I don't want this taken the wrong way, but who wouldn't want to play with a young point guard like Derrick Rose? They have a good young big man in [Joakim] Noah and [Carlos] Boozer. They've got a good team."

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