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About that O.J. Mayo/Knicks rumor, Denver reportedly isn’t interested

Jan 14, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony

This really should have been expected.

The Knicks are scrounging around trying to insert themselves back into the Carmelo Anthony trade talks. They started talking with the Memphis Grizzlies to come up with a trade package that might include O.J. Mayo.

And the Nets said “no thanks, not interested”, according to a tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN. That would fit with the ongoing pattern of the Nuggets wanting nothing to do with dealing with New York. Broussard also said Mayo didn’t really like the idea of going to Denver — but he would love to be a Knick.

Knicks fans, let’s be honest. There is only one way ‘Melo is coming to the Knicks — he tells the Nets, Nuggets and his agents that New York is the only place he will go, and if a trade isn’t worked out he’ll do it via free agency.

That means he meets with Jay-Z and Mikhail Prokhorov and tells them no to their face. That means he tells his agents — who desperately want him to sign the extension so he doesn’t potentially leave tens of millions on the table under whatever the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will look like — that it is only the Knicks and to stop messing around with other scenarios. It is him telling all the teams that have spent weeks and countless hours putting together the Nets three-team trade he is not playing along.

Does that seem likely to you?

  1. Fred - Jan 14, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Why, yes, Kurt, as a matter of fact it does. If Carmelo knows that the Knicks want him, he’ll get himself here. Say he leaves that $65 million extension on the table and the new collective bargaining agreement reduces Anthony’s deal by 30 percent. He still makes $46 million in salary. You don’t think he can make that up by playing for a really good basketball team in NYC? This is not like LeBron, who was already well known globally. The exposure of playing in NYC, for a team that would be at least a fringe contender, would make him many tens of millions in endorsements and other business deals. It’s a no-brainer for Anthony to game this so he winds up in New York, assuming the Knicks want him.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 14, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      I’m not saying ‘Melo can’t recoup some of that money in endorsements, I’m saying his agents are pushing him to take the extension. Remember this, Melo’s current deal was done with his old agents — CAA gets nothing from his current contract. They don’t get paid until the extension, so to them that 30% or whatever really matters.

  2. waalbeefree - Jan 14, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Its all up to Melo!!! He will do what’s best for his career & family. Denver should have consulted with him if their is still speculation if his will sign an extension or not. Personally, I hope he tell them what they don’t want to here, that he will not sign with none other than the Knicks and work out a deal with them. The trade will be made and the NBA can deal will all the other trades that are in limbo waiting for this to conclude!!!

  3. waalbeefree - Jan 14, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Denver would save a lot of time and energy by getting Melo’s approval on where he wants to be traded to. Then all of the other trades that need to go gone can be done. Denver is asking too much from NJ without Melo’s consent. Melo has a hard decision to make. If he wants to play in NY, make a reasonable trade with the Knicks and let the chips fall where they may!!!

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