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Report: Knicks still lobbing Carmelo offers, Nuggets still rejecting

Jan 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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With the Nets out of the way, New York has resumed its calm, cool, and collected pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, but are hitting the same roadblock they have since the beginning: Denver doesn’t want hardly anything the Knicks have to offer.

From The New York Post:

A deal with the Nuggets appears to be, according to one source familiar with the situation, “problematic.” But Knicks president Donnie Walsh still has a backup plan — hoping Carmelo Anthony becomes a free agent, and the two teams working on a sign-and-trade during the summer.

A 1050 ESPN New York report stated the Knicks have been rejected by Denver on an offer this week of Wilson Chandler, rookie Landry Fields and a first-round pick the Knicks presumably can obtain for Anthony Randolph. If the report has merit, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract would have been included in the package.

“Donnie doesn’t want to give up five pieces in this,” one source said.

via New York Knicks trade for Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony could be problematic – NYPOST.com.

Man, if only the Knicks had an expiring contract beyond Curry, some young talent and some draft picks. Oh, wait, they did.

I’m not saying Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill along with their 2012 pick would have been enough for Denver in conjunction with the Knicks’ other components, and everything would have altered had that deal not been struck. But those picks were costly then, and they’re costly now. But the Knicks still have the upper hand because at the end of the day, should Anthony genuinely want New York, and all indications are that he does, to the degree of ignoring other teams, he’ll have the chance to opt-out and sign there this summer.

But with other teams still drifting around the margins, Donnie Walsh may continue to quietly solicit whatever conversations he can get with an increasingly desperate Massai Ujiri.

  1. Fred - Jan 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    You can have my answer now if you like, Senator. My offer is nothing.

  2. 1historian - Jan 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    fred – good one

  3. zackd2 - Jan 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    “I’m not saying Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hill along with their 2012 pick would have been enough for Denver in conjunction with the Knicks’ other components, and everything would have altered had that deal not been struck.”

    If the Knicks didnt make that trade, would they have had enough cap space to potentially sign 2 max players last offseason?

  4. blackglass3 - Jan 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Please Donnie, just wait until summer hits. In all honestly, I would rather keep Landry Fields and see what he develops into.

  5. golfjackal - Jan 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    I hope Denver doesn’t cave and trade Melo. They should make him face the fans and the boos and play out the season. Dont sign and trade him, make him take the pay cut if we wants to play for the Knicks that bad. Its time the inmates stopped running the asylums.

    • zackd2 - Jan 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

      Good, I hope Denver enjoys their non-draft picks and young players when he walks away.

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