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Melo staying in Denver, says he'll accept contract offer

Updated: July 2, 2006, 2:31 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The first player of the offseason to make a verbal commitment on signing a new contract is Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony.

Carmelo Anthony

Small Forward Denver NuggetsProfile

2006 SEASON STATISTICS

GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%

80 26.5 4.9 2.7 .481 .808

The Nuggets formally offered Anthony a five-year maximum contract extension worth an estimated $80 million on Saturday morning and Anthony didn't hesitate to accept.

"We've ...

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