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Knicks still like their chances to land Carmelo Anthony

Jan 12, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT


While Denver hesitates — or is smart and patient, depending on how you wish to spin it — the proposed massive trade with the New Jersey Nets sits, stalled. At least that’s how it appears with the key parties now all using the Cone of Silence to keep the negotiations private.

Even if all the parties hammer it out, it’s a deal that Carmelo Anthony may not want.

And the New York Knicks are sitting there, waiting to be tagged into the ring for their chance. Amar’e Stoudemire is texting Anthony about how they can be BFFs, Alan Hahn at Newsday is reporting the Knicks are getting an offer together, and Frank Isola at the Daily News has sources saying the Knicks and Nuggets have been talking and New York thinks it has a good chance to end up with the big prize.

A person familiar with the negotiations told the Daily News that talks between the Nuggets and Knicks are ongoing and classified the possibility of a deal with New York at “50-50.”

“He’d like to play in New York,” said the source, who requested anonymity. “But I don’t see anything happening soon.”

A Knicks deal for Anthony would first involve New York trading someone on the roster for a first round pick (the Knicks can’t trade one of their own until 2014, thank you very much Isiah). Then that pick would be packaged with the expiring contract of Eddy Curry as well as some combination of Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields.

Zach Lowe at Sports Illustrated asks a good question: Is that offer really much worse than what the Nets are offering?

The Nuggets like the Nets offer of Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and a couple of first round picks more. Favors certainly is the guy who potentially could be the best of anyone the Nuggets are talking about (ESPN’s David Thorpe thinks Stoudemire is a potential comparison). But until they pull the trigger on that deal — and Anthony signs off on it with an extend-and-trade — there is nothing real.

And as long as there is nothing real, the Knicks are in play.

  1. jimsjam33 - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Sorry , but the Knicks are not offering anything to the Nuggets that will HELP the Nuggets. Landry Fields and Galinari could be one hit wonders only thriving under their coaches playng scheme . They may not fit in Denver. Melo is a proven product , period ! He is on par with players like Kobe , Dwight Howard , Garnett , Dwayne Wade , Pau Gasol , Derrick Rose and Dirk Novitsky . A trade for anyone of those players would be sensibile swap . He’s not the calibre of Blake Griffin or Lebron James .
    New York you need to up the ante because right now you’re not in the game .

  2. mdbroad - Jan 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Blake Griffin? RUFKM?

  3. jimsjam33 - Jan 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    mdbroad ,

    You must be a person who hasn’t watched West coast basketball . All the players I’ve mentioned have pretty much played their top potential in their careers except Rose. Blake Griffin is the future of NBA basketball . Get on board now , or you’ll pretty much look like a big dummy .
    There isn’t a GM out there that wouldn’t trade their stars for a chance at Griffin . We already know that the Nuggets tried a Melo for Blake trade . No way on earth that’s going to happen .

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