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“Whether it’s Prokhorov or Dolan or (Lakers owner Jerry) Buss, the third team that just came out last week, whoever it is, you would want to sit down and have eye contact with him and get a feeling for him,” Anthony said.

Stoudemire said he believes Dolan wants Anthony in New York, and thinks Anthony likes the Knicks _ but not the circus that’s followed his status.

“It can be somewhat foreign to him with all the attention, he may love it, but I think he really wants to find a stable situation for him as far as where he’s going to play, like a sense of security,” Stoudemire said.

Dallas and Houston have been speculated as teams that would agree to trade for Anthony without a guarantee he would sign an extension with them. He doesn’t want one of those deals.

“I really don’t want to have to be a rental. I don’t feel like I’m a rental player,” he said. “I don’t want to go somewhere and be a rental for two months and then have to deal with this all over again. I don’t want to have to do that.”

And he realizes the Nuggets don’t have to send him to one of his desired destinations. All he knows is the answers are finally coming.

“The Nuggets have to weigh their options,” Anthony said. “If it’s a deal with somebody else that’s legit, then we all have to sit down and hash that out and talk about it. But time is ticking man, and time is money.”