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Carmelo Anthony hints the Knicks may not want him, trade may take time

Jan 10, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

Denver Nuggets v New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony practiced with the Denver Nuggets Monday — a sign that nothing is imminent on the trade front — as did everyone else whose name has come up in recent trade talks. The exception was Chauncey Billups (officially out due to a headache, which I bet all the trade rumors have become for him).

Anthony spoke to the media Monday but sounded more out of the loop on what is going down than you imagine he actually is. There was this one interesting quote, via the twitter of Chris Tomasson of FanHouse, regarding the New York Knicks:

“New York is playing well right now. I don’t think they’re looking at me. They wouldn’t want me to come in there and mess what they have up. That’s what I’ve read so.”

The entire island of Manhattan just yelled “WHAT!?!”

You can be sure the Knicks and their fans still want Anthony. Badly (although maybe not Amar’e Stoudemire). But aside that quote you got no real sense of what Anthony is planning other than to suit up for the Nuggets Tuesday (again quotes are via Tomasson). For example, would he sign an extension with the Nets?

“I really don’t know. I’m waiting to see Masai (Ujiri, Denver’s executive vice president of basketball operations) and Josh (Kroenke, the Nuggets president)… They haven’t been here. So I’m just patiently waiting until they get back so I have a sitdown with them.”

“I’m here… Until something happens, I’m a Denver Nugget.”

“I got a game tomorrow against Phoenix. So if I go out there tomorrow thinking about the New Jersey Nets that will disrespectful to myself. That would be disrespectful to this organization and to the fans out there.”

He could be a Nugget for a while longer.

This is a complex, 15-player, three-team trade that keeps evolving. The core of it would send Anthony, Billups and Rip Hamilton to New Jersey; Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, some other players and a couple first round picks to the Nuggets; and Troy Murphy and Johan Petro to the Pistons along with picks. But questions about whether Al Harrington is part, what picks and more continue to be negotiated.

Anthony reiterated again that he didn’t think anything was going to happen this week, saying there was no pressure that makes this have to happen in the next 48 hours. Also, there is no real pressure on the Nuggets to make a move so long as New Jersey’s core deal is still on the table — and the Nets are not likely to pull it off because they want Anthony. They want the Brooklyn native to open the new arena in Brooklyn in two years.

So while there is a lot of heat right now, we could be in this fire for a while. The trading deadline is Feb. 24.

  1. thestudiokida - Jan 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    I think Leon Rose has been in Carmelo’s ear trying to get an extension signed. He’s probably telling Melo that New York doesn’t want him so that a trade can happen so that an extension gets signed before the new CBA so that Leon Rose gets more money.

  2. leearmon - Jan 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    As a Knick fan, you’re correct I do want ‘Melo, unfortunately it’s not that easy. I don’t want to give up any combination that includes Chandler, Gallo or Fields. In fact of those three, the only player I would consider giving up would be Gallo (and my thoughts on that changes weekly). Donnie Walsh is very shrewd. He’s been a great poker player his entire stint running the Knicks, so I trust him not to ruin what we’ve got going. The best offer I would send would be Gallo, Fat Eddy and his even fatter contract and whatever pick (if any) we could get out of Randolph. Thats it, and that may be too much honestly. I’d much rather see my Knicks go after some sort of real center and guard. I would love to see Carmelo in the orange again.. (‘Cuse guy) but would much rather see Marc Gasol and O.J. the juiceman next year alongside our current roster.

    • finestchauffeurs - Jan 10, 2011 at 10:15 PM

      Same here, truth be told Shawne Williams got a better 3 pt shot than Gallo. I would not lose any sleep if Gallo was traded, he’s hot and cold. But i’d be upset if Chandler were dealt. But if I had to give up any two in the deal I would do it, but not all 3, but wouldn’t be upset if Gallo and anyone on the bench were dealt. I think Donnie wants Carmelo, but at the right price, which is what any good business man should be thinking of. I also think the most dire position that should be addressed is the center spot, a starting center followed by a back up point guard. I want Carmelo here, but there are bigger holes in the Knicks that need to be filled first.

  3. petermcd88 - Jan 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    The more details I hear about this trade the more I think Carmelo should just ride out the season with the Nuggets or accept a short term trade to a contender. The Nets are 17 games under .500 and integrating 3-4 new players who will have large roles in a new system with a new coach will take time. Aside from Brook Lopez (who has the potential to be a good but not dominating center) all of these parts are older with atleast a year left on their contract. This year the best case scenario is rising from the bottom to the 7th or 8th seed. Next year the best case scenario is moving into the 4,5,6 range. Based on how he’s playing at Denver with one foot out the door, is he really going to excel in that situation? After next season Howard and Paul will be free agents but will they really go to the Nets over the Lakers or Knicks? Then if that doesn’t work out, based on everything we know about him, will he perform well the next two years? He would be seen as a Vince Carter type that no one would give a max deal to unless they are desperate. By taking the extension now with a team with so many future question marks, he risks greatly reducing his free agent value ( and a chance to win a championship) when his contract is up in 3 and a half years.

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