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Report: Knicks make formal offer for Carmelo Anthony, too

Feb 18, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

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The Nets and Denver reportedly have a deal in place for Carmelo Anthony, if he approves it.

Now the Knicks have apparently put their offer on the table.

According to Mark Spears of Yahoo (via twitter) the Knicks have offered Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract (and Curry too, we suppose) plus a to-be-acquired first rounder for Anthony, Chauncey Billups and filler.

Spears later added this:

Melo said after Rookie Game on Knicks updated offer to DEN: “Obviously they feel like they want me.”

Now it comes down to people making a choice.

That starts with Anthony.

The Nuggets still prefer the upside of Derrick Favors and the multiple draft picks of the Nets offer to what the Knicks have on the table. If Anthony meets with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov — he said this afternoon he knew of no plans for such a meeting — and is swayed then the Nuggets will consummate the deal with the Nets.

If no meeting and no approval of the Nets move takes place by ‘Melo, then it will be Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke who has to make a decision — will he accept the Knicks offer? Nuggets officials do not want to give Anthony what he wants — a $65 million extension and a trip to New York — but the alternative would be losing him this summer and getting nothing back. That price may be too steep, especially if one watches Cleveland and Toronto play this season.

The one thing everyone is saying around the All-Star Game festivities in Los Angeles — this is going to happen in the next few days. If not Sunday, then Monday. For one reason, everyone is ready for this to end. Plus Denver still will have other moves to make (J.R. Smith, Nene) so they will need a couple days.

Now we’re just waiting on somebody to — finally — make a decision.

  1. leearmon - Feb 19, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    If im Donnie Walsh, I call New Jersey’s bluff. I would love to have Melo, but not at the cost of what we’re currently offering. 3 young, promising starters (Gallo has star potential) plus picks from Randolph for Melo and Billups? No dice. That move doesnt put us in position to beat Miami or Boston, plus it could prevent us from having the assets, cap room of signing Paul, Deron, Dwight. If Melo wants to go to N.J. and rot by himself, by all means, but this move makes no sense from the Knicks P.O.V. If Walsh is smart, he says no. Problem is, Walsh is smart, Dolan on the other hand….

    • zackd2 - Feb 19, 2011 at 2:17 AM

      “plus it could prevent us from having the assets, cap room of signing Paul, Deron”
      No it doesn’t, Billups contract is over after next year.

      • leearmon - Feb 19, 2011 at 2:12 PM

        Actually depending on the new CBA it does. Just because Billups & Felton’s contracts expire at the same time, you forget, Gallo would be a RFA. Meaning both his and Felton’s contracts (plus Moz & Turiaf’s) deals would end. Giving us plenty of cap space & assets to make moves. Signing Melo to a max in addition to Amar’e’s deal has us roughly around 40 million with only two players. So to get another max guy puts us almost at the cap but with only three players.

  2. bigtrav425 - Feb 19, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    If im a Nets fan i hope the Knicks get him because thats a whole hell of a lot to give up for Anthony and Billups,considering Billups has about 2-3 yrs left at most and Anthony alone will not make you a championship contender especially if he doesnt play D…But if im Denver i send him to the Nets yesterday for that deal

  3. eyewild - Feb 19, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Anthony stuck around in Denver for too long and the Nuggets brass couldn’t figure out a formula to improve the team …instead they overuse the same cast. Carmelo was committed to the Nuggets until he couldn’t take their disinterest in getting a legitimate team on the court. The Nuggets have no players who are able to battle in the post and stay healthy. Carmelo is not going anywhere but to the Knicks, his second love behind a championship. Since the Nuggets couldn’t figure out the Championship formula, the Knicks will have that opportunity…if they fail to win it all…as they usually do, Carmelo will still impact a team that he’ll love as much as they’ll love him. This is in the bag…the Nuggets owners need to stop making ‘fake news’ and think about how disgraceful they are at running a team, this could have been handled last year.

  4. davidly - Feb 19, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    I’d be surprised if any deal goes down. Seems to me that both Melo and the Knicks know what the summer has in store. All the rest just sounds like static.

  5. virumque - Feb 19, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Does Anthony want to win a championship?

    If he wants to win a championship he will not strip the Knicks of any of their currrent players but will wait and join them this summer, thus keeping the team intact and adding what is needed to bring the Knicks into championship contention.

    This weekend could determine the team’s future for the next decade.

    • gatch21 - Feb 19, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      Hes too greedy to wait until summer and sign. It’s all about the money with this guy

  6. bigtrav425 - Feb 19, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    I am wondering tho if he does go to the Knicks and teams with Amare…Are either going to play D or no?…but hten again in D’Antoni’s system you dont really need to

  7. goriidskiiin - Feb 19, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    The Knicks need a boost. They really are not that good right now. They are a .500 ball club that would get destroyed out west. They need Melo. They need a boost. Billups is no pushover either. That is three studs they would have along with Amare. I say pull the trigger!

  8. gatch21 - Feb 19, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    I wouldn’t trade Gallinari straight up for this No “D” greedy pig. The Knicks have a good young nucleus and I don’t understand why they would throw it all away for this guy. Wait until next year and add players you need without giving up the house. Repeat “They don’t need this guy!

  9. ocgunslinger - Feb 19, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    I know that Denver doesn’t want to come away at the end of the year with nothing but this dude is NOT worth what either team is offering so take the Nets offer and if that doesn’t work out take the Knicks offer. Whichever team wins the Melo contract ultimately loses so Denver eventually wins either way. The dude has no defense and defense wins titles.

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