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Report: Nuggets may have interest in Anthony Randolph from Knicks. Really?

Jan 25, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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Every report that comes out of New York about a possible deal the Denver Nuggets like enough to send Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden is just harder to believe than the last one.

I have no doubt that “a person with knowledge of the Nuggets’ thinking” told the respectable Alan Hahn of Newsday this latest tidbit — that the Nuggets may ask for Anthony Randolph in a trade. Hahn did not make that up, someone he knows and trusts enough to print it told him that.

That doesn’t mean it makes any sense.

What you would need to believe is that what the Nuggets — who rejected a deal involving Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry — really want is a guy who Don Nelson found frustrating and who can’t get off the bench for Mike D’Antoni. Honestly, I could see the Nuggets taking the talented Randolph in a deal just as a flyer, but he is not a deal changer.

No way they want Anthony more than the first-round pick that Anthony can bring. (If he can really bring a first rounder — if everyone knows the Knicks need a first rounder for Randolph then their leverage slips.)

Knicks fans are bound to take offense at this (because they are Knicks fans). So let me explain — I’m not saying Chandler and Fields and Danilo Gallinari are not quality assets. They can be good role players in the right system (and they may be in that system). I’m saying the Nuggets don’t want them. And if they don’t want them, no way Anthony Randolph is some sort of deal changer.

And so, the stalemate stage of the Carmelo Anthony trade saga continues.

  1. amerrealist - Jan 25, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    The Knicks need do nothing, they may sign him after season. I don’t think the Nuggets realize once he said he wouldn’t resign that only poor negotiators, the nets, would overbid. Let them get nothing after season ends!

  2. borderline1988 - Jan 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    I agree 100%.
    The Nuggets are idiots (frankly, I think NY is crazy for offering all that to Denver for Carmelo also).
    They are getting quality players and picks for Carmelo, and they’re ignoring it. Honestly, the Nuggets are going to get desperate just before the trade deadline (and lose all their leverage), or worse – lost him in free agency.

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