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Report: Knicks have deal for pick to get back in Melo sweepstakes

Sep 30, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Knicks_logo.gifRight now there is a break in the Carmelo Anthony trade show. It’s not over, it’s more like someone hit pause on the DVR to go get some Triscuits but pretty soon everyone will sit back down, get comfortable and start the show again.

And when they do the Knicks want in.

According to Chris Sheridan of ESPN, the Knicks have lined up a deal to get themselves a first-round pick, which they would in turn like to trade to Denver as part of a package for Carmelo Anthony. Not having a first round pick they could move (until 2014 anyway) was part of what kept the Knicks on the sidelines during the first round of talks.

New York is one of the two places (Chicago the other) that Anthony certainly would sign an extension. Those are the places his people have pushed for. Other locations — hello New Jersey — do not have that confidence he will take the deal.

This does not mean the Knicks are in. Not by a long shot. Denver isn’t really in love with the players New York is offering, plus they don’t really want to send Anthony where he wants to go.

Denver has to figure out what it wants and start talking with a clear voice. When it does talks will pick up again. But for now, it’s all about training camp. We’ll mostly.

  1. johnsmith - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    denver has no choice but to send anthony where he wants to go.
    new york first, or anthony just waits until the end of the year and goes where he wants to go any way because he’ll be a free agent—and denver gets near nothing….

  2. johnsmith - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    denver has no choice but to send anthony where he wants to go.
    new york first, or anthony just waits until the end of the year and goes where he wants to go any way because he’ll be a free agent—and denver gets near nothing….

  3. SP - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    While Denver wants to get something in return for Melo, Melo also wants to get a deal done. With the upcoming lockout on the horizon, the contract/money that Melo will be be able to get will NOT be the same as it is currently. We could be talking about tens of millions of dollars here that Melo would be losing if he risked waiting until the end of the season.. so BOTH parties have an incentive to get this done before the Feb. trade deadline.

  4. SP - Sep 30, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    While Denver wants to get something in return for Melo, Melo also wants to get a deal done. With the upcoming lockout on the horizon, the contract/money that Melo will be be able to get will NOT be the same as it is currently. We could be talking about tens of millions of dollars here that Melo would be losing if he risked waiting until the end of the season.. so BOTH parties have an incentive to get this done before the Feb. trade deadline.

  5. Wolves Fan - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    He can’t really go anywhere he wants at the end of the year. He has to go somewhere that has cap room to sign him. Also who knows how much money it will cost him if he waits. I know a couple of people have mentioned that. Or what if the new CBA has some sort of thing to protect teams from losing star players without some compensation. I’m sure it will be discussed after watching Bosh and Lebron leave their original teams.
    With all this said maybe he will become a member of the Timberwolves. And people say I don’t have a sense of humor.

  6. Wolves Fan - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    He can’t really go anywhere he wants at the end of the year. He has to go somewhere that has cap room to sign him. Also who knows how much money it will cost him if he waits. I know a couple of people have mentioned that. Or what if the new CBA has some sort of thing to protect teams from losing star players without some compensation. I’m sure it will be discussed after watching Bosh and Lebron leave their original teams.
    With all this said maybe he will become a member of the Timberwolves. And people say I don’t have a sense of humor.

  7. tony - Sep 30, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    If carmelo waits the pay structure for player changes and he could possibly lose alot of money with salary caps changing. but if he signs the extension and asks for a trade he will be grandfathered in for the money but might not get to go where he wants to go.

  8. bull's fan inMA - Sep 30, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Denver has little leverage and Melo, if he is smart,can decide his own future. If they try to trade him somewhere besides NY or Chicago,he won’t sign an extension. Yea, he could lose money under the new CBA but it is more likely rookie contracts and lesser players take the hit rather than the big stars like Melo. Consequently, he can still gamble that he won’t lose that much under the new CBA and wait out the year. Denver is screwed any way you look at it.

  9. John Pileggi - Sep 30, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    It has to irk Carmelo that he can’t do what LeBron and Bosh just did, namely, pick where he wants to go and make it happen. But with the lockout a better than even chance, he most probably will go where Denver wants to send him if he can get the extension he wants. If he stands pat and there is no lock out (old rules may apply) Denver can do a sign and trade to where Melo wants to go and still get something back and Melo will not have much leverage if he wants max money. AN interesting poker game. If the Knicks get a draft pick and send it with Gallinari and another starter, and maybe even the Curry contract, it may be hard for Denver to hold out.

  10. John Pileggi - Sep 30, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    It has to irk Carmelo that he can’t do what LeBron and Bosh just did, namely, pick where he wants to go and make it happen. But with the lockout a better than even chance, he most probably will go where Denver wants to send him if he can get the extension he wants. If he stands pat and there is no lock out (old rules may apply) Denver can do a sign and trade to where Melo wants to go and still get something back and Melo will not have much leverage if he wants max money. AN interesting poker game. If the Knicks get a draft pick and send it with Gallinari and another starter, and maybe even the Curry contract, it may be hard for Denver to hold out.

  11. John Pileggi - Sep 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    It has to irk Carmelo that he can’t do what LeBron and Bosh just did, namely, pick where he wants to go and make it happen. But with the lockout a better than even chance, he most probably will go where Denver wants to send him if he can get the extension he wants. If he stands pat and there is no lock out (old rules may apply) Denver can do a sign and trade to where Melo wants to go and still get something back and Melo will not have much leverage if he wants max money. AN interesting poker game. If the Knicks get a draft pick and send it with Gallinari and another starter, and maybe even the Curry contract, it may be hard for Denver to hold out.

  12. terry - Sep 30, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    He’ll make a ton of money but he’ll never win a ring

  13. Liz - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:07 AM

    James was a FREE AGENT!!! He chose to leave Cleveland..Period..that’s what free agent means…Race did play a part in the situation..The Cavs owner upset because James’ is not there to bring in the MONEY…that’s his main and ONLY concern. and I’m a Black woman.

  14. Liz - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:11 AM

    James was a FREE AGENT. He chose to leave Cleveland..Period..that’s what free agent means. Race did play a part in the situation..The Cavs owner upset because James’ is not there to bring in the MONEY, that’s his main and ONLY concern. and I’m a Black woman. He will win a ring or two.

  15. dolphin - Oct 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Providing the knicks do not decimate the team to get Carmelo I am for the trade. The Knicks should not give up Randolph nor Gallinari to acquire Carmelo. If Carmelo want to play for the Knicks, then he could wait until the end of the season and become a free agent.
    The knick do not know what they have yet in the current players. Therefore, they should let us see what the talent level is and then make a trade decision. Until then the Knicks should wait.

  16. trueblue UM n cali - Oct 1, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    James himself said that race played a part in it. So why should anyone doubt him. Until you’ve walked in his shoes – don’t doubt his responses. Regardless, he still has my full support as a Piston fan, as a Black man – and as a fellow brother. And the same goes for Melo. I wish them both nothing but the best, and that their desires come true. Ball on you two,,, ball on.It’s your life and only you two can live it.

  17. joneser88 - Oct 2, 2010 at 5:13 AM

    Poor Carmelo,has to maybe work somewhere he doesnt want? For $20 million a year he should not complain if has to go to Alaska,those who say its not about the money are ignorant,It may not all be about the money but I would say it is about %80 of it,because if it wasnt ,carmelo would demand a trade to LA or miami and play for much less.Plus it may not be about the money,because he already has $20 or $30 million in the bank,so it is always abotu the money,Think it isnt,than carmelo goes to L.A. or Miami

  18. AP - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:04 PM

    melo can wait because the money will come in marketing in new york if he does not get his max

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