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Report: Knicks sitting pretty in Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes

Feb 5, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT

Carmelo Anthony

It’s good to be the Knicks right now. Sure on the court too, where they are the best they’ve been in a decade. But we were talking in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, where the Knicks appear to have all the winning numbers.

A new report by Marc Spears of Yahoo confirms that.

Several sources told Yahoo! Sports that Carmelo Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has recently begun informing teams that the All-Star forward is interested in signing a contract extension with only the New York Knicks. The stance has weakened the Denver Nuggets’ leverage in trying to deal Anthony, not only to other teams, but also the Knicks.

The sources said the Knicks don’t feel pressed to present a substantial trade offer to the Nuggets because they think they can also sign Anthony after the season if he opts out of his contract, as expected.

Yes, please take this with a grain of salt, or maybe a whole shaker full. We’ve heard variations of this report before (usually out of New York sources), but there seems a real truth to it now. Especially since the Nets pulled out of the game — and we’ll never know if Anthony would have signed there, he wanted to be wooed but Denver management tried to drive such a hard bargain that Mikhail Prokhorov killed it before he got to the wooing part.

When the Nets were on the table the Nuggets had some leverage and the Knicks’ Donnie Walsh was motivated to get a first-round pick to sweeten any trade. Now? Why bother? Take what we offer you or we can just sign him this summer. What is the point of moving good role players to get Anthony now if you can have Anthony and the role players next season?

Nothing is going to happen imminently. There are three weeks left until the trading deadline, and that can be an eternity. The landscape can shift a couple times between now and then.

But right now the Knicks know they are the only game in town, and Denver has to play with them or not at all. And if Denver management looks up and sees the losing streaks in Toronto and Cleveland right now, they will decide they have no choice but to play.

  1. bigtrav425 - Feb 5, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Again,this Sh*t is gettin really old with this and these players in these circumstances.Id hold on to him just to piss him off and prove a point

    • kindasporty - Feb 5, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      He hasn’t been complaining or going on TV making a spectacle of the ordeal. He simply wants to be able to decide where he goes when his contract is up and he’s not willing to give up that right. There’s nothing wrong with that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sick of hearing about it too. But there really is no villain just unfortunate circumstances. You can’t blame the Nuggets since they’re just trying to get something for Carmelo while he’s still and asset to them. And you can’t blame the media because they’re just reporting what they hear and that’s kinda their job.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:24 AM

      I really have no problem with what Anthony did — it is way more fair than what LeBron and Bosh did. Anthony told the Nuggets last summer that he was not picking up the extra year on his deal and wanted to go to one of several teams. He didn’t play out the contract then leave them with nothing, he told them his intentions early on. He does and should have the right to decide where he wants to work when his contract is up (anything short of that is unAmerican) and he told the team that in advance. That Denver has screwed up their leverage is on them, not him.

      • sixers25 - Feb 5, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        I mean contractually its the same situation as those guys. All three had an option year on a contract that they decided not to pick up. They all said they would not sign an extension and wanted to be free agents. The difference is with Lebron, he had a team that at the beginning of the season had championship aspirations and a ton of cap room slated for the next season. The Cavs ended the season with a second round loss and Jamison’s salary hanging around their neck. I mean those circumstances had to have changed his opinion of the future of the team and are the reason why he wanted to see the season play out before making a decision.
        With Bosh again, he did not sign an extension in season but it was pretty widely known he was not going to resign with Toronto. That’s just Raptor’s management dropping the ball and not taking a hint. It’s not Chris Bosh just leaving out of the blue.

  2. virusgvr - Feb 5, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    How much longer is this Carmello trade stuff going to go on?? Indeed this is getting old, fast!

    • zackd2 - Feb 5, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      Here’s a guess: Until he gets traded?

  3. acanniv - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    As a Front Range resident, I used to think “What’s so wrong with Denver?” We treat our stars great, its a beautiful city (area) with tons of stuff to do. Hell, even the weather is pretty great most of the time. But now I see where Melo is coming from and I totally agree with him. Silent Stanley cares more about making money off the Nuggets than he does winning. He wants to sign Melo to a max deal and then slash salary around him to stay under the salary cap and avoid the luxury tax. In two years, it’d be Melo and a bunch of nobodys. It would probably still be enough to get to the playoffs and get bounced in the first round every year, and thats fine with Stan. If I were Melo, I’d bail now too.

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