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Report: Nuggets want four Knicks starters for Carmelo Anthony

Feb 17, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Knicks fans have been clamoring for Donnie Walsh to just make the deal — doesn’t matter what the price is, the Knicks need Carmelo Anthony. Knicks fans are desperate.

You still sure?

According to Jonathan Abrams at the New York Times, the price is every starter not named Stoudemire.

According to a Knicks official, Denver wants Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari — four of their top six players — for Carmelo Anthony and an aging Chauncey Billups. The Nuggets have also asked about Timofey Mozgov.

The price is too high for the Knicks. It would damage the roster, leaving Anthony and Stoudemire without a supporting cast.

Donnie Walsh, the Knicks’ president, has been willing to part with one top rotation player — Chandler or Gallinari — in addition to Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and a draft pick. The Knicks believe they are dealing from a position of strength, armed with the knowledge that Anthony wants to play in New York and could by signed as a free agent this summer.

Free agency is really the best option for the Knicks to get Anthony, they get their star and keep their role players. It’s perfect.

Except for that whole New Jersey Nets thing.

The Nets complicate the picture because Denver has always preferred the potential of Derrick Favors (along with picks and Troy Murphy’s contract) to any of the Knicks offerings. If those talks start to pick up real steam — and reports are the Nets are hesitant after getting burned twice by the Nuggets — the Knicks may have to increase the offer.

Or not. Maybe they ride out Carmelo Anthony and start looking at Chris Paul and other future free agents. Because Walsh is right. The Nuggets are asking too much if this report is true. There is a price that is too high, even for a superstar.

  1. georgeanderson2 - Feb 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Ridiculous, get Melo to NY or Brooklyn. Take you draft picks and young players and build something new, you didn’t get it done with this cast.
    Denver is a cool city, so it is not like you can’t get free agents.

  2. starks3 - Feb 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    If this deal was done, where would the Knicks get the players to field a roster of 15?? Rucker Park??

    I’m a Knick fan and would love to get Melo, but this is ludicris, If I were Donnie Walsh I would tell them what the Russian Kingpin did and said we are done, and good luck. One thing that is apparent which has gotten little press is the inexperience of the Nuggets Front office. They don’t seem what they want to do, every day it is something different.

    • florida727 - Feb 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      Hey ‘starks3′, there ARE some guys at Rucker that could fill out the Knicks roster :) And I’m guessing you already knew that…

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

      I don’t know Starks3, I think a team of guys from Rucker could give the Cavs and Raptors a good run. And, after last night, maybe the Lakers.

  3. baboushka - Feb 17, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    I think the Knicks should make the deal and write this year off. With Carmelo, Stoudemire and a cast of nobodies they can still finish 500 in the East. WHich is where they are going to finish anyway. But next year, they will be gold! They will have 2 super dynamo’s as a nucleus to build a powerhouse around. And they can look all over the league, europe and college to fill in the blanks. They could even make an offer for Greg Oden of Portland to pair with that duo. Who knows. He may just be snake bitten in Portland. But in NY he could pair with Melo and Soudemire to form the most dynamic frontline in the NBA. And they could keep and bring Curry off the bench to spell Oden and back fill just in case. the Curry issue is more about fitting in Donatello’s style offense than anything else. My point is Melo and Amare is the knid of nucleus you can build a championship around. Amare and the current Knick’s roster is not. And Donatello is not a Championship caliber coach either. He would not be the right fit for Melo and Amare. Especially if they stole a potential talent like oden to the mix. The knick’s need to do this and fast before the Nets get back in the game. They won’t miss out this time around.

  4. florida727 - Feb 17, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    I think both the Knicks AND the Nets should tell Denver to pound sand. Leave them high-and-dry and watch their “demands” drop below sea-level. Wait until the season’s over, Denver, and you get NOTHING. Starting to get the picture yet? You’re not dealing from a position of strength here, in case you haven’t quite yet figured it out. You’re not in a position to ‘want’ anything. Just take what you can get…

  5. rushbacker - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Probably just Denver’s way of letting the Knicks know they really aren’t interested in any of their trade pieces. Pretty much any version of the Nets deal is vastly superior.

  6. habibthomas - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Like the writer said just wait until free agency or I guess might not get Melo. The Nuggets want too much but this should have been expected

  7. Fred - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    The Knicks should absolutely not make this move. As Starks3’s post suggests, this trade hurts the team in three distinct ways: First, it makes today’s team worse; second, it eliminates the roster flexibility needed to obtain the talent that would make the team a title contender. Remember, we don’t have draft picks with which to restock, so if we lose all the young talent, we can’t make any trades and would need to be able to acquire free agents, but no one knows what the next collective bargaining agreement is going to look like, so you can’t hang your hat on that; third, even if we could otherwise sign free agents, having to sign Anthony to that extension now, will eliminate any cap flexibility the Knicks have. I for one am not looking forward to watching Toney Douglas try to set up a hobbling Kelenna Azbuike for the next three years while Amar’e and ‘Melo roll their eyes. Stand pat, Donnie, and give them the Michael Corleone offer.

  8. Fred - Feb 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    I’m willing to suck it up for another year and take a shot at Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Dwight Howard.

  9. goforthanddie - Feb 17, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    If the Knicks want him, they better get him now. Denver may have figured out Mr. Vasquez is all about the Benjamins, and won’t risk losing millions as an FA.

  10. dysraw1 - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    felton & gallo should be untouchable

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