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Stop us if you’ve heard this one: New York closing in on Melo

Feb 6, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

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Recently we spread the word on a Yahoo! report saying Melo’s people had informed teams that the Knicks were the only team he would sign an extension with. From there, there has been more movement towards an actual trade with New York, signaling a possible shift in Denver’s so-far ice-cold approach to dealing with the Knicks.

First, Ken Berger of reported Friday that Minnesota had entered into talks with the Nuggets and Knicks as a third partner. From Berger:

That team, sources say, is the Timberwolves, who are willing to absorb Eddy Curry’s $11.3 million expiring contract in a three-team scenario that would send Anthony Randolph to Minnesota and Anthony to New York. In this scenario, which one executive involved deemed “unlikely,” the Wolves would simply waive Curry after the trade. Depending on the timing, Curry would likely have only five paychecks remaining for a total of $4.7 million. So taking on Curry would involve little or no cost to Minnesota; if the Wolves could negotiate a $3 million buyout covering the remainder of Curry’s salary, that tab would be fully picked up by the Knicks, who could send as much as $3 million cash to Minnesota in the trade. But Curry’s $11.3 million cap number would help make the complicated trade math work in a three-team deal. The Nuggets aren’t interested in Curry’s expiring contract, sources say, and the only other team with enough cap space to take it on without sending back equal salary is Sacramento — which has yet to be invited into any Knicks-Nuggets discussions.

via Only time will tell if Mavs have what it takes to win out West – NBA – Basketball.

Then off that story, Chris Broussard advanced it by filling in some of the details of the players involved in a possible deal Saturday night:

In the proposed trade, New York would send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota and the Timberwolves would send Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to Denver. Denver would also receive Wilson Chandler from New York.The deal is not expected to happen until the middle of next week at the earliest, and one source said it could drag out until the trade deadline. Denver, which has been exchanging proposals with the Knicks for the past couple weeks, is weighing other options.

via Sources: New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves discuss Carmelo deal – ESPN New York.

Should this deal go through, it would mean an absolute coup for Donnie Walsh and the Knicks, a pretty perplexing move for Denver, and a pretty bad move for Minnesota.

The Knicks would be giving up Chandler, which is a shame given how he has played, but keeping Danilo Gallinari and offloading Eddy Curry to get Carmelo Anthony. It doesn’t solve their defensive issues nor their need for a legit center, but it’s adding an All-Star for Anthony Randolph, Wilson Chandler, and Eddy Curry. That’s a win.

The Nuggets? Going from Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and three first-round picks to Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and a first-rounder in exchange for Carmelo Anthony is kind of a disaster. Masai Ujiri kept pushing for more, more more in the Nets deal, and if this is what he walks away with from his All-Star, that’s a pretty terrible way to start your tenure as GM.

For the Timberwolves? Kahn. That’s about it. Anthony Randolph alongside Darko Milicic and Michael Beasley while paying Eddy Curry money and surrendering a first-round pick. You might as well rename them the Minnesota Island of Misfit Toys.

The deal isn’t imminent and as always, these deals are likely to fall apart at any time. But all signs are pointing towards the Knicks getting their Melo cake and eating it cheaply too.

  1. jmad34 - Feb 6, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    So what do you guys think? If Donnie can do this, his option for next year should be a part of that deal. Pure genius!

  2. jstrizzle - Feb 6, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    No mention of the Trade Exception that the Wolves picked up from Utah in the Al Jefferson deal? Thought that might come into play.

    Not exactly sure how it works though myself.

  3. elric718 - Feb 6, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    I can’t see Curry taking any kind of buyout.

    He can’t play anywhere else and needs every penny.

    Carmelo is going to the Knicks tho, this year or next.

  4. pukpokito - Feb 6, 2011 at 3:40 AM

    I would take the Dea with the Rockets for Kevin Martin. The 2 first round picks plus th expiring contract of either Battier or Jeffries.You have a Superstar. Shouldn’t you get a superstar in return. That Martin is such an effecient scorer and a very good 2 guard. If you have to leverage Houston in taking JR Smith, you can do that too.Brooks is another one you can ask for.What is it against the west not trading with west.Get the possible deal.

  5. zackd2 - Feb 6, 2011 at 8:44 AM

    “Going from Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and three first-round picks to Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and a first-rounder in exchange for Carmelo Anthony is kind of a disaster.”

    Only IF Carmelo was open to signing with the Nets. That deal wasn’t getting done without an extension, so that couldn’t be the Nuggets “best offer” if Melo never gave the OK.

  6. Fred - Feb 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    I agree with zackd. The Nuggets have been screwed from the beginning. Carmelo never had any intention of going anywhere but NY. Donnie Walsh can sit back and do the full Michael Corleone with Denver:

    He should even make them pay to fly ‘Melo to NYC out of Ujiri’s pocket.

  7. vikesdynasty - Feb 6, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    how is this a bad move for minnesota? they’re probably going to use their utah 1st which would be in the 20th-26th pick depending how they finish up…then minnesota gets an athletic big man that could probably guard lamarcus aldridge, pau gasol, bynum etc a lot better than darko or love can…plus who knows if we want to try out curry for next yr? darko is still darko and is mildly retarded when posting up he has 5 TO a game. cant make 4 foot shots to save a puppy…so i can see where minnesota wants this deal…brewer is brewer, he cant shoot and is just a liability out there, he takes too many chances on defense that he shouldnt and gets burned so in other words were giving up a below average player and a late 1st round pick for randolph (who has ubers of talent) and a free rental on another big in curry

    wes johnson

    after darko commits 3 straigt TO:

    its better than what we have right now so as a life long fan i’ll take it

    • leearmon - Feb 6, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      I agree completely. I think this is a strong move for ‘Sota. Randolph gets a bad rep, but his rebounding rates are through the roof.

      The main problem for him, is he’s not a smart offensive basketball player, and had the misfortune of playing under the two most offensive minded coaches in Nelson and Dantoni. He is still 21 so there is plenty of room for growth. As for the picks, we are probably looking at the worst draft in recent history. Plus the wolves have a boat load of picks, and a roster filled with young talent. Trading Utah’s pick is not going to kill them. Getting Eddy Curry sounds funny, until you look at his cap number. That will come in handy whenever next season happens because they will have plenty of cap flexibility.

      Finally Corey Brewer is Corey Brewer. He is just taking minutes away from Wes. If they can get almost 12 million in cap space, plus a promising 6’11 defense player for Brewer and a pick, why wouldn’t you do that?

      I think this trade is absolutely HORRIBLE for the Nuggets. If the rumors were true, Denver would have rejected Mayo and Gallo possibly Landry, and now are settling for Wilson, Brewer and a Pick. Someone needs to be fired.

      • vikesdynasty - Feb 6, 2011 at 7:21 PM

        well technically we’d only be freeing up the differences in salary between brewer and randolph after this season, because curry is an addition and we arent trading someone with an 11 million cap hit so there for our cap will be very close to this years…im guessing a million less or so?

  8. wrubin3 - Feb 6, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Melo is a scoring machine at times however I really love Wilson Chandler’s game. He plays at both ends. I think the Knicks should wait and not give up anyone except Curry. -WR

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