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Mike D'Antoni: 'There’s A Level Of Talent Here That We Have Never Had'

In the wake of the trade that landed them Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni will be charged with putting his new squad together, and this won’t be easy for him. Meshing the talents of the high-scoring duo of Anthony and Amare Stoudemire will take time.

D’Antoni’s team is now run by a veteran point guard better suited to a half-court style in Chauncey Billips, while D’Antoni has always been a push the ball up the floor and get quick shots advocate.

So, there will be some blending of talents and philosophies that will need to take place. D’Antoni joined Boomer and Carton on WFAN in New York to talk about the changes. Sports Radio Interviews has the full transcript.

Here is part of the interview:

On getting the guys to play together:

"It’s a whole thing if players are able to give and take. We don’t want to take their egos away or their game and what made them successful, but they have to be able to blend it in with the other superstar per se or the other players. If they can do that successfully than we’re going to be a good team because the talent level obviously went up. Now can they play together and put their needs aside for the needs of the Knicks? They’re saying the right things. Now it will come down to doing it."

How important Chauncey Billups was in the deal:

"Well people do forget how instrumental he was, the MVP of the Finals, won two titles, and he went from Detroit to Denver when they were floundering and made them a really good team. He’s only 34, he has a great body, has at least three or four more great years in him, he should be able to play at the All-Star level, and he’s the guy that has to kinda understand what the team needs and how to get Carmelo and Amar’e the ball and be successful. I don’t think you can underplay how important he is and yet you can’t put it all on his shoulders. That’s a big, big pickup for us."

If they can come together quick enough to be dangerous:

"I think they have a good chance at it and I’m excited about doing it. There’s a level of talent here that we have never had so it does make it easier. Having said that we’re in sixth right now and we’re trying to hold onto that. Can we pass Atlanta who has been together for five years, Chicago who is playing well together, Boston, Orlando, and Miami, can you do that in this short time? We’ll see. I’d never say Amar’e and Carmelo can’t do something because they are strong-willed individuals where when push comes to shove they’re doing the shoving. And Chauncey is a proven winner so hold on and let’s see if we can do it. I do know that the Knicks franchise is better off today than it was yesterday and in the future, whether it’s next week or next year this team is going to be a lot better and we will raise some eyebrows around the league."

Good luck, Mike. You are going to need it because if this does not work the blame is likely to fall on you.


Carmelo Anthony Expected To Play Wednesday For Knicks

Carmelo Anthony and the other players the New York Knicks acquired in Monday's blockbuster trade with the Denver Nuggets are expected to be in uniform for the Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

It will be the first chance for New York fans to glimpse 'Melo in Knicks' colors. The Knicks, of course, are betting that the acquisition of Anthony is the next step toward becoming a championship contender, not just a middle-of-the-pack team, which is what their 28-26 record says they are right now.

There has, of course, been plenty of reaction to the Anthony trade around the Inter-Google today. Here is a sampling.

From Benjamin Hochman, Nuggets beat writer for the Denver Post:

I think everyone involved in the trade was relieved. This became a soap opera, featuring an NBA All-Star, a Russian billionaire, a reality TV star and media from America’s largest market. I think it was fitting that Melo made an appearance on a national talk show ("Conan") the same night he was traded. Everything in this process was over the top.

From the New York Times:

The Knicks had to navigate a minefield of conflicting agendas, internal and external. They had to weigh Anthony’s competitive drive against his drive for financial security. They had to gauge the anxiety of the Denver Nuggets and the stubborn persistence of the Nets.

They ultimately paid a staggering price — four rotation players, all of them 26 or younger, three draft picks and $6 million in cash — to acquire Anthony and Chauncey Billups. But the Knicks nudged a little closer to contender status late Monday night, and that was all the justification they needed.

Anthony, one of the N.B.A.’s elite scorers, is joining Amar’e Stoudemire, one of game’s fiercest big men, on the league’s greatest stage. Any nagging details — a gutted roster, a fractured front office — were deemed secondary.

"We know that we want to win a championship," Coach Mike D’Antoni said Tuesday. "And the way to do it, you got to get some star players in here. And you can’t say, ‘Well, what if, what if.’ We could be here forever. And what-ifs never happen. But we know we have two of the best players in the league."

That is the point for the Knicks. They can rebuild whatever ancillary pieces they lost in getting Anthony. Finding the superstars that are necessary to build contending teams is the difficult part. The Knicks have now done that.


Carmelo Anthony Traded To New York Knicks

After months of speculating about of the future of Carmelo Anthony, we now know that he will be a member of the New York Knicks after the Nuggets agreed to trade their All Star to the Big Apple on Monday night.

Making the trip east with Anthony will be Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.  In return for the face of the franchise, the Nuggets will receive Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timothy Mozgov, three draft picks and $3 million.

The Knicks will also send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to the Timberwolves while Corey Brewer comes from Minnesota to New York.

Per the Denver Post, the draft picks going from the Knicks to the Nuggets will be New York's 2014 first rounder and Golden State's second-round selections in 2012 and 2013.

Now that owner James Dolan and the Knicks have their man, the focus squarely shines on the New Jersey Nets, who are still searching for their own star.

Rumors have been flying that Devin Harris -- a main part of New Jersey's package for Anthony -- could be off to the Portland Trailblazers, or even sent back to the Dallas Mavericks as part of a three-team trade with the Nuggets.  Any deal with the Nuggets would return at least two of the players Denver received for Anthony.

From the very beginning it was assumed that no matter how hard the Nuggets tried to engage other teams in a trade for Anthony, that the forward's desire to be in New York would be the determining factor. That turns out to be true as the Knicks bring Anthony back home and will make a run for the playoffs with a "Big Three" of their own of Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony and Billups.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Anthony-To-Knicks "Imminent"

The long and winding Carmelo Anthony trade road is finally coming to an end.  It appears at the end of that road is Anthony being delivered to his preferred New York Knicks, as a trade between the Denver Nuggets and Knicks is "imminent", according to the Denver Post.

Anthony could not be asked about the trade Monday, as he was excused from Nuggets practice so he could be a guest on "Conan" with Conan O'Brien.

After the Knicks reportedly refused to include rookie center Timofey Mozgov in the deal, they seem to have backed down from that stance in order to finally get Anthony in New York.

In the end, New York will be giving up Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Mozgov, Eddy Curry and a first round pick.  Coming back to the Knicks in addition to Anthony are Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter.

The New Jersey Nets failure (again) to land Anthony has GM Billy King and owner Mikhail Prokhorov heading back to the drawing board.  Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nets will now consider several trades including sending Devin Harris and Troy Murphy to the Portland Trailblazers for Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla.

There is also the possibility that New Jersey will send two first round picks to Denver in return for either Gallinari, Felton or Chandler plus Mozgov.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Nuggets Could Spin Players From Knicks To Nets

For the last few months, the typical thought process has been that the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets have been competing to see which team will be able to obtain Carmelo Anthony in most NBA trade rumors.

It turns out, according to an ESPN report, that the Nuggets are actually interested in working out a trade that allows all three teams to get in on the action despite only one of them being able to say they were the team that was leaking the right information when it came to who would bring Anthony aboard during the two-month surge in Carmelo Anthony trade rumors.

According to Chris Broussard, if the Knicks send Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov to Denver for Anthony, the Nets are in discussions to then acquire either Gallinari, Felton or Chandler plus Mozgov for two first-round draft picks.

Broussard explains that this is a backup plan for the Nets if they aren’t able to pry away Anthony, but one that might also irritate the Knicks considering a few of their young pieces would soon be moving nearby in Brooklyn.

And, as an update, it seems none of this scenario will happen if the Knicks keep Mozgov out of the talks as they have done thus far.

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, meaning either way, the Melo-drama will be completed in the next few days.


Carmelo Anthony Trade: Still No Word From Nuggets, Anthony

No news yet today from the Denver Nuggets, and no word from Carmelo Anthony. So, it is status quo when it comes to the ongoing ‘Melo-Drama.’ That, however, does not mean there has not been some intrigue.

Word has been that Anthony will officially tell the New Jersey Nets today or Tuesday whether or not he will sign an extension with them if the Nuggets trade him there. Most likely, he will not, meaning a trade to New Jersey won’t happen.

The Nets seem to be prepping for the inevitable letdown of Anthony saying no to them, and maybe putting themselves in a position to at least tweak the cross-town New York Knicks a bit if and when they do acquire Anthony.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov made some vague references over the weekend to trying to force the Knicks to increase their offer to Denver. A report today has indicated that if Anthony goes to the Knicks the Nets and Nuggets would then pull off a trade in which some of the players given up by the Knicks would end up in New Jersey, most notably Danilo Gallkinari and/or Raymond Felton.

Via Twitter, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has indicated that the Nets may be bluffing in order to divide the Knicks’ front office.’s Chris Mannix also tweeted that the Nets are ’throwing in the towel" at this point.

Now, if we could just get some real word from the Nuggets or from Anthony then maybe we could all get back to our regularly scheduled lives.


Report: Carmelo Anthony Trade To Be Finalized Within 48 Hours

The clock appears to be running out on the ‘Melo-Drama.’ Finally. According to Newsday the Denver Nuggets are getting pressure from other teams around the NBA to make a decision regarding the Carmelo Anthony trade so that other proposed trades around the league can be completed by the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

The Nuggets, per Newsday, are expected to finalize a deal with either the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets within the next 24 to 48 hours.

The Knicks have also reportedly told Denver officials that they will not increase the offer they have on the table for Anthony. That offer includes Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry and a first round pick that would come from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Nets and Nuggets have agreed to a deal that would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman to the Nets in exchange for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Ben Uzoh, Troy Murphy and four first-round picks. Anthony, however, has not committed to signing a contract extension with the Nets. Rather, he has expressed his preference for going to the Knicks.

A resolution to the ‘Melo-Drama’ will be appreciated by everyone around the league as it seems the entire NBA has been held hostage to this situation in some way.

It seems, at this point, as though Denver would seem to have to accept the Knicks’ offer.


Yahoo Name-Drops Isiah Thomas, Knicks Release Statement

The one thing the Carmelo Anthony-to-the-New York Knicks madness was missing was a heaping portion of Isiah Thomas. We got a little Isiah, but not nearly enough. Adrian Wojnarowski took the liberty of fixing that for us:

Thomas is driving everything through owner James Dolan – the trade for Carmelo Anthony(notes), the departure of Donnie Walsh and perhaps even the eventual hiring of the New York Knicks’ next president and general manager, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

"Isiah is calling the shots for New York," said one front-office executive with knowledge of the Anthony trade talks. "It’s a disgrace. Donnie should walk."

The Isiah conspiracy, though incredibly unpleasant and pretty played out at this point, is hard to ignore. James Dolan did try and rehire Isiah this offseason, and Isiah himself has done little to deflect the notion that he still has ties to the Knicks. In any event, New York is in damage control mode, and they released a statement shooting down Woj’s report (via Howard Beck):

“We want to make it abundantly clear that we have been in constant communication throughout this process and the three of us are in complete agreement with everything that we are currently working on. Together, we will do what is best for the long-term success of the franchise. we want to make it clear that no one from outside our organization has been involved in this process in any way.”

In all likelihood, Thomas has some involvement in these negotiations (as he did in the LeBron James courtship this past summer), but isn’t quietly slipping poison into Walsh’s prune juice. It’s probably just the same seedy underbelly that the Knicks have maintained since Dolan has been owner. The whole thing is very, very unsavory for the Knicks and their fans, but it should blow over once the Anthony deal is done (or not done). Or maybe Wojnarowski is right and the Knick chain of command is about to come crashing down. Above all else, we just want this to end.


Carmelo Anthony Meets With Mikhail Prokhorov, Jay-Z; Nets Not Confident

After denying that any meeting was planned or desired, New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with Carmelo Anthony on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles.  The billionaire was finally able to sell the future of the franchise to the player he hopes will be the face of that future.

The meeting reportedly lasted roughly 40 minutes and also included minority owner Jay-Z, GM Billy King and CEO Brett Yormark.  Coming along with Anthony were agent Leon Rose and business manager Bay Frazier.

Anthony was noncommittal at the meeting and according to sources, the Nets "didn’t come away very confident."

It's possible that at this point New Jersey believes Anthony is only keeping the idea of going to the Nets alive to push the New York Knicks towards increasing their trade offer to the Denver Nuggets.  Even with the Knicks sweetening their latest offer for the All Star, Denver still prefers the Nets offer of rookie Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Ben Uzoh, Troy Murphy and four first-round draft picks.

Anthony wants a deal wrapped up by the end of the weekend, while the urgency will not start to pick up until the middle of next week as Thursday's trade deadline approaches.


Carmelo Anthony Won't Sign Extension With Nets

The New Jersey Nets’ hopes of acquiring All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets appear to be waning. Anthony is apparently telling people he will not sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension if he is traded to New Jersey.

That is extremely bad news for the Nets, who have all along said they will not trade for Anthony unless he first agrees to that extension. It is also, essentially, bad news for the Nuggets. Denver likes the package New Jersey can offer — Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy, Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks — better than the offer from the New York Knicks.

It appears, however, that the Nets might be out of running. It was assumed that New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov would meet with Anthony during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, but a Nets spokesperson said no such meeting is on Prokhorov’s agenda.

This is, however, good news for the Knicks. New York owner James Dolan reportedly met with Anthony Thursday night in Los Angeles, and it appears the Knicks may well be the only game in town as the Nuggets try to deal Anthony. The Knicks have reportedly offered Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Wilson Chandler, in addition to Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and possibly a first-round draft pick, for Anthony and Chauncey Billups.

So, it is looking more and more like Anthony will be a New York Knick.


NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks Up Ante, Increase Offer For Carmelo Anthony Trade

The New York Knicks have upped the ante in their attempt to trade for Denver Nuggets All Star Carmelo Anthony. According to a recent report by Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks have sweetened the deal by adding Danilo Gallinari to the package that would send him, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract in exchange for ’Melo, Chauncey Billups, and some combination of other reserves in order to sufficiently align the exchange of salaries.

In case you had tuned out the Anthony sweepstakes in recent days and are wondering why the Knicks increases their offer, here’s what’s developed in recent days:

The Knicks have been reluctant to give up Gallinari, but now appear willing to do so after the Nuggets assembled the framework of a blockbuster trade with the New Jersey Nets in recent days. The Nets’ offer would send rookie forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris, guard Ben Uzoh, the expiring contract of Troy Murphy and four first-round picks for Anthony, Billups, Melvin Ely, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams. The Nuggets would then try to trade Murphy and one or two of the draft picks to a third team.



While all this back-and-forth bidding unfolds, Anthony tried to sound surprised and unconcerned with anything but being able to play ball again without any distractions:

"My mind’s boggled right now about this whole situation," Anthony said. "I wish I could get this thing over with right now and I wish there was just something that was just on the table that the Nuggets could just say, ‘OK, let’s get it done.’ "

Stay tuned throughout the weekend, as it appears the full court press is on for either the Nets or Knicks to land one of the NBA’s premier talents by the end of All Star Weekend.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors Heat Up As He Meets With Knicks Owner James Dolan

Earlier today, it seemed all but official that Carmelo Anthony would be headed to the New Jersey Nets, but as has been typical in the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors, things have changed rather quickly as it has now been reported that New York Knicks owner James Dolan met with Anthony Thursday evening.

Dolan met with Anthony late Thursday in Los Angeles, the New York Daily News reported, with a conference call involving Dolan, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh, Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri expected to be held sometime Friday evening.

According to the NYDN’s Frank Isola, “the hold up is the Knicks reluctance to include Danilo Gallinari in the trade. The Nuggets want three starters, including Raymond Felton, a No. 1 pick and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract.”

If the Knicks and Nuggets can’t agree to a deal, Anthony will then meet with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

The Nets are reportedly offering Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman.

Whatever happens, it seems the 'Melo-Drama' is about to come to a close.


Carmelo Anthony Trade: Meeting With Nets Is 'News To Me'

The New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets are on the verge of a trade for Carmelo Anthony with a meeting between the All Star and the Nets owner the only obstacle when said All-Star claims he has no idea about any of it. 

Sound familiar? It should, because that's what happened in January before it was confirmed that a meeting was to take place. That only came to light after Mikhail Prokhorov put a halt to talks with the Nuggets.

Speaking Friday at a community event, Anthony said there was "no meeting at all" and that it was all "news to me".

The moral of the story?

Odds are the meeting is going down, but since he didn't yet have all of the information -- just like last time when he was ambushed in the locker room immediately after a game -- Anthony decided to claim ignorance.


Carmelo Anthony Trade: Nets, Nuggets Reach Agreement

After months of the Denver Nuggets moving the goal posts on the New Jersey Nets in their negotiations for Carmelo Anthony, the two sides have finally come to terms on a trade for the All Star, according to The Record.

With both the Nets and New York Knicks both scheduled to meet with Anthony this weekend in California, we will finally know his true feelings about which team he wants to play for.

If the deal goes through, the Nuggets would receive rookie Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Ben Uzoh, Troy Murphy and four first-round draft picks.  In addition to Anthony, the Nets would get Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman.

The only part of the trade that needs to be figured out is just where the Nuggets will send Murphy, who they have no intention of keeping.  Their plan is to take one of the picks they are getting from New Jersey and sending it along with Murphy to bring back more assets.

Meeting with Anthony will be a group similar to the one that attempted to woo LeBron James over the summer.  Along with owner Mikhail Prokhorov will be GM Billy King, CEO Brett Yormark and minority owner Jay-Z.

If the Nets get him to sign off on a three-year, $65 million extension, the Carmelo Anthony-era will start Friday night on the road against the NBA's best team, the San Antonio Spurs.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Dolan, Prokhorov To Meet Anthony Over All-Star Weekend

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets will both finally sit down with Carmelo Anthony. As the league converges on Los Angeles for All-Star weekend, Knicks owner James Dolan and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will each have a chance to pitch their clubs to the most coveted star in the market. For the Knicks, Dolan is the only guaranteed presence in the report, but the actual New York front office will likely join in the meeting:

Knicks president Donnie Walsh wouldn’t say last week if he was heading to Los Angeles, but it’s a good bet that when the eccentric Dolan does meet with Anthony, O’Neil and assistant general manager Allan Houston will be by his side.

With next Thursday’s trade deadline looming, it’s finally getting time for the rumors to give way to some sort of actual basketball transaction. For the numerous teams affected, their fans, and probably Melo himself, whatever takes place should be something of a relief. If a trade happens, the story will be behind us at long last. If no deal is made, the best everyone can hope for is a momentary respite from the distraction.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Report Says Nets, Nuggets In 'Advanced Talks'

The Carmelo Anthony story seems to change, at least a little, just about every time you turn around at this point. According to the latest report, this one from Yahoo! Sports, the New Jersey Nets have gone from out of the Anthony hunt to back at the table now in “advanced talks” for the Denver Nuggets’ star.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Nets would send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four — yes, four — first-round draft picks to the Nuggets. In exchange, they would get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Melvin Ely, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams.

Of course, there are still a couple of small hurdles. One being that Anthony would still have to agree to sign an extension with the Nets, which he has never publicly indicated a willingness to do. Two being that, also according to Yahoo!, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is still saying he is not interested in the deal.

Of course, if Prokhorov really was not interested the Nets and Nuggets would not be talking at all.

Geesh, I can hardly wait until Friday morning to see how much the story changes overnight.


NBA Trade Rumors: Nets On Verge Of Dealing Devin Harris?

The New Jersey Nets could be on the verge of a trade involving a star player. No, sorry, not THAT star player. A report in the Bergen Record indicates that the Nets could be on the verge of sending Harris, the team's point guard, to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal that would feature veteran Portland guard Andre Miller.

The Record says the Nets "have been unhappy with Devin Harris’ level of play and commitment to the team lately and are trying to move him."

Harris, 28, is averaging 15 points and 7.6 assists per game this season. Miller, 35, is a veteran player in his 12th season averaging 13.1 points and 7.4 assists per game this season. The Record reports that several other players would also be involved in the deal, as you might expect with the disparity in ages between Harris and Miller.

This is an interesting development for the Nets. Harris and head coach Avery Johnson were together for 3 1/2 seasons in Dallas, seasons that did not really go well for the young Harris.

There is a widespread perception, from Big D to Jersey, that Harris had to get away from Johnson to become the All-Star he has become.

If these reports prove to have merit it seems that Johnson and the Nets have decided that, in reality, coach and player need to go their separate ways to be successful.


Carmelo Anthony Trade: Nuggets Reportedly Ask Knicks For Four Top Prospects And Picks In Exchange For Carmelo Anthony

The New York Knicks have a full cupboard of prospects and picks to offer the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Carmelo Anthony. What we don't know is exactly how many players/picks the Nuggets will be asking for. Over the course of the season we've heard Landry Fields Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari all mentioned as potential centerpieces of a blockbuster trade, we just didn't know what kind of combination they would come in. Now we find out that the Nuggets want all of them, and a pick to boot, according to Jonathan Abrams of the New York times.

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.

Wow! Denver Nuggets, greedy much? That's asking an awful lot for a player that you are probably going to lose at the end of the season, anyway. But don't worry, the Knicks probably wouldn't be willing to part with that much for Carmelo.

Obviously, that's a trade the Knicks can't and won't make, as Abrams also reports. The Knicks are apparently more interested in giving up just one player of note and possible two picks, assuming the team can flip Anthony Randolph for a first, as has been rumored for about a month. New York believes it can sign Anthony in free agency next offseason, considering 'Melo has been rather open about his desire to play in the city.

The Nuggets just keeping asking for more and more until all the teams they are negotiating with get frustrated and break off the talks. We saw it with the Nets, and now it seems like the Knicks might be traveling down the same road. I don't think this means a deal is dead, not by any means. This is how a negotiation works. But I don't think the Nuggets are going to get that haul from the Knick,s either. I think they'll meet somewhere in the middle before the trade deadline.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: New Jersey Back In Play

As was indicated earlier today, reports indicate that the New Jersey Nets are back at the table — or at least on the phone — with the Denver Nuggets talking about a Carmelo Anthony trade.

This should make for an interesting All-Star Weekend, with all of the principals from the Nets, Nuggets and New York Knicks in Los Angeles for the festivities. Seems there will be fireworks, too.

Carmelo Anthony is back on the Nets’ radar as many expected he would be. But really, he never left.

Owner Mikhail Prokhorov directed Nets general manager Billy King to cease talking to Denver last month after everything became so public. But it always was believed the Nuggets would call back and if they did King would be able to answer the phone.

You also figured it would happen now with the trade deadline a week from today.

Reports indicate that for the Nets and Nuggets to pull off a deal it would have to be straight two-team deal, not a complicated three-team deal like the 13-player monster that involved the Detroit Pistons and was being discussed a few weeks ago.

Most reports also indicate that the Nuggets prefer any Nets package built around rookie forward Derrick Favors to what the Knicks can offer.

No matter what, All-Star Weekend just got a lot more interesting.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Nuggets Want Three Knicks Starters, More

The New York Daily News is reporting that Carmelo Anthony could have become a member of the New York Knicks on Monday -- if the Knicks were willing to basically gut their roster.

Per the Daily News, the Denver Nuggets' current asking price for the All-Star forward is Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, another starter not named Amare Stoudemire (which probably means Landry Fields or Wilson Chandler), Eddy Curry's expiring contract and a first-round draft pick.

I am on record stating that the Knicks have put themselves in a position where they need Anthony if they want to join the ranks of the NBA's elite teams. I wrote that the Knicks "need to make the deal. Whatever the cost." But, this cost? Even I did not anticipate that the price would be THAT high. Three starters plus a No. 1 pick? That's crazy talk.

Scary thing is, Knicks owner James Dolan might just pay it.

It is believed that [GM Donnie] Walsh and [Coach] Mike D'Antoni feel the team would be giving up too much. Garden chairman James Dolan has had direct involvement in the negotiations and may ultimately overrule his basketball staff.

The trade deadline is Feb. 24. Let's see which side blinks.

How do you feel about this proposal, Knicks fans? Should the Knicks just pay the price now? Should they take this down to the deadline and only make the deal if Denver drops the asking price? Should they just pass on any trade at this point and take their chances on being able to sign Anthony as a free agent this summer? Should they just forget about Anthony entirely and build with what they have?


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Lots Of Noise, Not Much News

In today’s episode of the long-running NBA ‘Melo-Drama’ there is a whole lot of chatter, but there really isn’t anything new swirling in the breeze on the Carmelo Anthony trade front.

— The Los Angeles Lakers are denying another rumor that they would deal Andrew Bynum to get Anthony.

— Kobe Bryant talked about Anthony without, naturally, really saying anything.

— Walt Frazier says the Knicks need Anthony.

“We’re going to make the playoffs now. But trying to get to the next level, you need that one other guy. That would be Carmelo Anthony, I believe,” said Frazier.

‘Clyde’ is right, of course. You can’t contend with one superstar when the best team in the Eastern Conference (Boston) has four and the second-best (Miami) has three.

— Finally, it seems like folks around the NBA still believe the New Jersey Nets will be major players in the Anthony situation before the trade deadline.

“You know Denver’s going to call back,” predicted one agent whose client was involved directly in the proposed megadeal that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov short-circuited Jan. 19. “And when the Nuggets call, you think the Nets are going to hang up?”

Probably not.


Report: Denver Nuggets Might Not Trade Carmelo Anthony

As the ‘Melo-Drama’ continues to unfold the latest twist out of Denver find the Denver Post reporting that the Nuggets might not trade Carmelo Anthony until the season is over, if at all.

The organization still feels it has time to hold out for at least most of what it wants for Anthony.

Those close to the situation say there is a better-than-average chance Anthony will not be dealt until after the season. But that option isn’t the best way to collect a significant amount of future assets for the forward. Yet, if the Nuggets are going to get something similar now to what they could get in the offseason, they will opt to keep the team intact and see what it can do in the playoffs.

There is also a report that Anthony “would take a real hard look” at signing an extension with the Nuggets.

So, it looks like anything is still possible at this point. Does your head hurt yet from trying to keep up with the ‘Melo Madness? Mine does. Maybe you’ve just given up keeping track. That’s not a bad idea, either.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks: Knicks Lead

If the Carmelo Anthony trade talks were a horse race, you would probably say that the New York Knicks had the lead heading into the final turn. The NBA trade deadline is two weeks away, so the ‘Melo-Drama’ is headed toward the backstretch.

The New York Daily News is reporting that despite interest in Anthony from the Los Angeles Lakers and other teams the Knicks are still the most likely landing spot for the All-Star forward.

The Knicks are still in the lead for Anthony, although sources close to the Nuggets say that Denver is going to continue to field offers for its scoring ace and might not move him until right before the Feb. 24 trading deadline.

“The plan is to wait until as close to the 24th as they can, and see what other teams are going to offer between now and then,” a person with knowledge of the Nuggets’ plans said last night. “They’re in no rush.”

Why would they be? The Nuggets have waited this long, so they might as well push the process all the way to the end to try and make the best deal possible.

Whatever deal that turns out to be it does not appear that it will include Lakers’ center Andrew Bynum, a possibility that was widely reported on Tuesday. Multiple reports this morning have indicated that the Lakers, while remaining interested in acquiring Anthony, have rejected the idea of including the talented young center in a trade for him.

That decision, of course, helps the Knicks.

Dave D’Alessandro of the Star-Ledger has turned Las Vegas oddsmaker and listed odds on where Anthony will land. Interestingly, he still sees the Nets as a strong possibility.

Here is his list:
Knicks 3-1
Nets 4-1
Bulls 10-1
Lakers 12-1
Rockets 20-1
Mavericks 25-1


Report: Los Angeles Lakers Join Carmelo Anthony Chase

Could there be a bi-coastal battle brewing for the services of Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony? ESPN is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers have joined the bidding for Anthony’s services.

ESPN reports that the Lakers have offered the Nuggets a package built around center Andrew Bynum. Bynum, 23, is averaging 11.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season. He averaged 15 points and 8.3 rebounds per game a season ago.

ESPN also added that a straight-up Anthony-for-Bynum trade would work financially under the NBA salary cap.

The interest in Anthony makes it seem obvious that the Lakers, currently fourth overall in the Western Conference, feel like they need to shake up the supporting cast around Kobe Bryant.

The Knicks have reportedly been working on a three-way trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Nuggets that would involved Wilson Chandler, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and other players.

So, it appears the ‘MeloDrama’ just got very, very interesting once again.


Report: Knicks' Owner James Dolan Involved In Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks

The Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks trade talks are reportedly heating up again with reports that Knicks owner James Dolan has become personally involved in the negotiations.

According to the New York Daily News:

Dolan's decision to become more involved in the Anthony trade talks is a sign that the Knicks are closing in on a deal for the All-Star forward.

The Daily News also speculates that Dolan's direct involvement in talks with Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke could mean he is getting advice from former Knicks coach/GM Isiah Thomas, and wonders if it will have any impact on the future of General Manager Donnie Walsh, whose contract option must be exercised by April 30.

Regardless of all of that, the perspective here is that Knicks fans should be ecstatic about the possible acquisition of Anthony, a four-time All-Star forward with averages of 24.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game over his eight-year career.

The Knicks have had a nice turnaround season. They appear headed for their first playoff berth since the 2003-2004 season and could end up with their first winning record since going 48-34 in the 2000-2001 season. At 26-24, though, the Knicks are not a title contender. A nice team, sure, but not an upper echelon one. Anthony would give them a second star player to pair with Amare Stoudemire, and bring them that much closer to being on par with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

There have been reports of a three-team deal being worked on between the Knicks, Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Anthony, of course, cannot be a free agent until after the 2011-2012 season and wants a contract extension from the Knicks or any other team that trades for him.

The trade deadline is Feb. 24.


Knicks Reportedly Interested In Marc Gasol, Joel Przybilla

Forget Carmelo Anthony for a bit, New York Knicks fans. General manager Donnie Walsh had admitted that what he would really like to add to his team is a big man. Apparently, Walsh has been working the phones lately trying to do just that.

Walsh's targets are reportedly Marc Gasol of the Vancouver Grizzlies and Joel Przybilla of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Daily News says that "With the trading deadline still 30 days away, Walsh and the Knicks seem to be more focused on adding a big man and shoring up the backcourt than going after a major piece in Anthony."

The Knicks have been using Ronny Turiaf at center, but he is averaging just 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Timofey Mozgov and Anthony Randolph long ago fell out of coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation, forcing him to play Amare Stoudemire at center more than he would like. Thus, a dependable, defensive-minded center would seemingly be a good addition to the Knicks' rotation.

Przybilla is a 13-year veteran who seems like more of a stop-gap at center. He averages 4.1 points and 6.4 rebounds for his career. Gasol, who will be 26 in a few days, averages 12.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game over his three-year career. He can be a free agent at the end of this season.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Marc Gasol 44 33.2 4.3 8.2 52.2 0.0 0.1 33.3 3.0 4.0 74.7 2.0 5.3 7.3 2.7 2.0 0.9 1.7 3.4 11.6

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Joel Przybilla 20 12.2 0.7 1.0 65.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.7 69.2 1.0 2.7 3.7 0.4 0.7 0.2 0.3 2.1 1.8


Nets' GM Billy King Moving On From Carmelo Anthony Saga

New Jersey Nets general manager Billy King said this morning that the team’s inability to pull off a trade for Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony does not mean the team will never be able to bring an established superstar to the franchise.

Kevin Durant is a superstar and he’s in Oklahoma City, Reggie Miller was in Indiana, when Michael (Jordan) went to Chicago, the Chicago Bulls were a franchise where you could just walk on the street and get a ticket for. He turned it into that,” King said. "Sometimes you develop your own star and I don’t foresee players looking at this and saying I don’t want to play in a billion dollar building in Brooklyn at the Barclay Center. I think they’re going to be saying they’re in the Barclay Center playing there and I want to be a part of that.”

King appeared on WFAN in New York with Joe and Evan Thursday morning to try and put the best face on owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s decision to walk away from the Anthony trade talks.

There is no question that the 11-31 Nets, who won just 12 games a season ago, were hoping Anthony would be the centerpiece of their effort to rebuild the moribund team as they prepare for their move to Brooklyn. The difficulty for the Nets now will be that the NBA trend, started by LeBron and friends in Miami, is that NBA superstars want to be in places where they know they will be joining, or be joined by, other superstars.

“We’ll have 23 million in cap space, we have picks, and whenever the new CBA comes in, we’ll have the flexibility to make decision(s) to better our ball club,” King said. "Then the fact that we have a young Derrick Favors, Brook Lopez is really young, and the majority of our roster is really young and we’re going to add players to it.

“If you look at some teams and how they’ve been built through the draft, that’s how they’ve done it. Then they’ve added a player when they need be. You’ve got to get lucky in the draft but also you’ve got to add talent and sometimes young talent is the best way to go.”


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Reaction To Nets Decision, Speculation On What's Next

What will happen with Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony now that New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has pulled his team out of trade talks? Let’s look around at some the reaction to the move, and some of the possible fallout.

There is, of course, an assumption that Anthony will now wind up with the New York Knicks. That, however, might not be a fait accompli. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Anthony’s reps are courting the Chicago Bulls.

New York Post columnist George Willis lauded Prokhorov’s willingness to make a tough call on Anthony.

In announcing the Nets will no longer pursue Carmelo Anthony, Prokhorov stunned the NBA world where players and agents own much of the power, forcing media and teams to cater to their every whim.

By saying enough is enough he took a surprising and unconventional stand that should be applauded even if it means watching bad basketball in Newark for a while.

Stare-Ledger columnist Dave D’Alessandro has a different take on Prokhorov’s decision.

The New York Times discusses how the spotlight, and potential distractions that come with it, is now trained squarely on the Knicks in the ongoing Melo-Drama.

The Denver Post is saying that the move by New Jersey leaves the Nuggets, who understand they have to trade Anthony, scrambling for a solution.

Make no mistake. Despite claims by Ujiri that the Nuggets have developed contingency plans in dealing Anthony, the resounding rejection by Prokhorov came as a shock to Nuggets management, which has privately boasted for months that New Jersey would not back away from a trade.

Where do the Nuggets turn next, with the trade deadline five weeks away?

While the Knicks now have a chance to revive Anthony’s dream to play in New York, their trade bid is far from a slam dunk. Denver management has believed for weeks there will be more than one NBA rival willing to trade for Anthony without any assurance he would agree to a long- term commitment with his new team.

So, in the end, it seems like this is going to drag on for a while. Keep your seat belts buckled, people.


Mikhail Prokhorov: No Deal For Carmelo Anthony

After months of negotiating and posturing from both the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony will not be heading to Newark (or Brooklyn).  Owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with the media on Wednesday and announced that he has told GM Billy King to walk away from the negotiations to bring Anthony to the Nets.

"There comes a time when the price is simply too expensive," the billionaire owner told a throng of reporters.

"I'm instructing our team to walk away from the deal."

On several occasions, Prokhorov called the trade talks "too long and too expensive".

He told the media that he had not told the Nuggets about his decision to end negotiations and jokingly that King hadn't even been informed.

"(Denver) had a very good proposal.  They probably did their best to protect their interests."

Prokhorov stressed this decision was final and that a scheduled meeting with Anthony on Thursday had been canceled.

King said he informed the Nuggets they were walking away from the table but had yet to get a response.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Prokhorov Up To Bat

Carmelo Anthony is still not a member of the New Jersey Nets or New York Knicks. The Melo-Drama continues with no apparent end in sight, and it's beginning to wear on everyone. Here is a look around at what is being written and said about the situation today.

Nets’ pitch to ’Melo: swing and miss? - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Yahoo! Sports says New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov had better come back with Anthony in tow if he gets on a plane and goes to Denver to talk with him. From Yahoo:

In the end, it comes down to this. Get on the plane, Mikhail and Jay-Z, and you’d better come back with something you should’ve had long ago: a commitment from Carmelo Anthony, a promise fulfilled finally from what’s turning out to be one more delusional, directionless NBA owner and his fumbling franchise.

The New York Times also said Prokhorov's visit might be the Nets last chance to convince Anthony to accept a move to the Nets.

In any case, Prokhorov’s visit may bring finality to the Nets’ pursuit. If Anthony declines to meet with Prokhorov, then his indifference is clear. If he chooses to meet, then the parameters of a three-team trade that revolves around Anthony and includes the Detroit Pistons could finally be agreed upon.

The Denver Nuggets are distracted by the whole mess, and coach George Karl says he might have to cut 'Melo's minutes for the time being.

ESPN also says it is now or never for a trade to get made.

The Star-Ledger says the Nuggets are holding up the deal, not Anthony.


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: The Only Truth Is, Nobody Really Knows Anything

Let's face it, nobody really knows what is going on with Carmelo Anthony and a potential trade to the New Jersey Nets. The more you read the more that is about the only thing that becomes clear.

One day a trade to New Jersey is almost done. Then, maybe it's not. One day the Denver Nuggets have granted 'Melo permission to talk with New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov. Then, Anthony says he knows nothing about that. Besides which, what would he want to do that for, anyway? One day he seems to think playing in Brooklyn, future home of the Nets, would be cool. Next day, Anthony seems to be pining only for the bright lights of Broadway and Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks.

Ah, the Knicks. They are a little mini-soap opera of their own. One day analysts are saying Amare Stoudemire doesn't want to share the stage with another superstar. Then, Stoudemire is reaching out to 'Melo telling him he would love to him as a teammate. One day there is no way the Knicks have enough pieces to get a deal done. Next day Knicks GM Donnie Walsh is cooking up three-team deals and saying he could get the first-round draft picks Denver requires if he felt like it.

Reality is, we really don't know any more about what is likely to happen than we did a week ago. What we do know is that this whole saga is wearing everybody out -- players, coaches, general managers, fans, reporters, bloggers. C'mon, Carmelo! Can you just make a decision so we can all move on? Please.


Carmelo Anthony: Meeting With Nets Is News To Me

According to multiple reports, the New Jersey Nets have been given permission by the Denver Nuggets to meet face-to-face with Carmelo Anthony to discuss his willingness to take his talents to the Garden State.  Though following the Nuggets 110-97 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night, Anthony told reporters that it wasn't anything penciled into his schedule.

"I've never heard about that.  That's news to me.  I can't talk to them people.  The Denver Nuggets still pay me.  I haven't talked to anybody -- Masai (Ujiri, Nuggets EVP of basketball operations) or (GM) Josh (Kroenke) or any other teams.  So for that speculation to be going around out there like that, that's false."

Potentially more damning to the Nets pursuit of the Nuggets star, Anthony went on to say he wasn't interested in any sort of meeting either.

"I don't want to talk to nobody.  I let the front office handle that type of stuff.  It ain't my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, Lakers, Dallas, no one.  I still won't step into something like that.  I've seen a lot of people go through that..

"For me to sit here and say I want to talk to them or Masai or Josh gave them permission to talk to me, I think that's false.  If that was the case I'm pretty sure I would have gotten a phone call."

It is possible that the Nuggets front office has granted permission to the Nets for a meeting, but had yet to talk to Anthony about it.  After all, the news broke while Denver was on the floor taking on San Antonio. 

There's also a chance that Anthony is unaware that he is allowed to talk with other teams without repercussion if Denver signs off on it.

Or maybe the All Star really has no desire to meet or speak with other teams.  If that's the case, this isn't going to end nearly as quickly as it seemed late Sunday night.


Nuggets Give Nets Permission To Meet With Carmelo Anthony

The Denver Nuggets have reportedly agreed to allow owner Mikhail Prokhorov, minority owner Jay-Z and GM Billy King to meet with Carmelo Anthony in order to gauge his interest face-to-face in playing for the New Jersey Nets.  Such a move is the clearest sign yet that this drama is finally coming to an end.  Any meeting would happen on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

Under normal circumstances, meeting with another team's player would represent tampering.  As we have see, these are not normal circumstances with the Nuggets giving the permission and thus throwing out the window any wrong doing on the Nets part.

Several reports have stated that Prokhorov feels confident that he will have no problem selling Anthony on the direction of the franchise as the Nets prepare to move into a new Arena in Brooklyn for the 2012 season.  After a similar contingent from New Jersey put together an impressive presentation to LeBron James over the summer, it's not hard to see why the Nets would feel confident about a meeting with Anthony.

The Nuggets next game is Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, one that theoretically Anthony may not dress for if things go well for the New Jersey Nets.

Prokhorov was already planning on being in the states so he could attend "Russian Culture Night" Wednesday night in Newark.  Surely the larger than life owner would love nothing more than to boast about his first big victory during one of his few visits to the Prudential Center.

After months of seemingly endless rumors and posturing, the 'Melo Drama could finally be coming to an end.


Report: Carmelo Anthony To Nets Nearly Certain

The New York Post is reporting that the New Jersey Nets are almost certain they will be able to complete a three-team trade and have Carmelo Anthony in uniform by next Friday.

If completed, Anthony is expected to meet with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov on Tuesday or Wednesday. The billionaire is scheduled to attend the Nets’ Wednesday home game against the Jazz, which is Russian Culture Night at Prudential Center.

One person directly involved in the trade scenario suggested that if all goes as planned and the deal is finalized, Anthony could play his first game for the Nets next Friday against the Pistons.

Supporting the idea that the Nets are the only major player in the Melo-Drama right now is are reports that Denver is not interested in a three-team proposal by the New York Knicks that would have the Memphis Grizzlies shipping O.J. Mayo to Denver and having Anthony wind up with the Knicks.


Carmelo Anthony Trade To New Jersey Almost A Done Deal?

Could an end to the Carmelo Anthony ‘Melo-Drama’ be coming as soon as this weekend? This soap opera has taken so many twists and turns that the best approach is to probably take an “I’ll believe it when I see it” stance, but that is what is currently being reported.

The New York Post is saying that the New Jersey Nets could complete a long-discussed three-team deal to acquire Anthony involing the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons as early as this weekend. The Bergen Record says a deal appears close, but could take until early next week for logistical reasons.

Here is what the deal is expected to look like:

The deal could look similar to the one reported last weekend, but could have some new faces as the Nuggets want the Nets to take back more salary.

But the principals should be the Nets getting Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter and Sheldon Williams from Denver and Richard Hamilton and DaJuan Summers from Detroit. In turn, the Nets would send Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, Stephen Graham, Quinton Ross, Ben Uzoh and two first-round picks to Denver and Troy Murphy and Johan Petro to Detroit.

Meanwhile, the New York Knicks are reportedly still trying to piece together a three-team deal of their own to entice the Nuggets to trade Anthony to them. The Knicks are reportedly trying to involve the Memphis Grizzlies in a deal that would send Memphis guard O.J. Mayo to Denver. ESPN also reported that the Knicks still do not believe Anthony will sign an extension with the Nets.

Amazing how quickly this whole situations swings back-and-forth. One day ‘Melo is nearly a Net. The next day it appears it’s Knicks or bust for him. Now, it seems a deal to New Jersey is the likely result.

I guess we will all just have to wait and see.


Report: Knicks Cautious In Carmelo Anthony Pursuit

The New York Knicks might have renewed life in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but the New York Post is reporting this morning that Knicks GM Donnie Walsh does not intend to gut the roster to get a deal done.

The Knicks feel Anthony holds all the cards, and Walsh plans to play the cards he has carefully, not desperately. He is unwilling to give up too much for Anthony, team sources said yesterday.

Walsh is waffling on whether he even wants to part with [Anthony] Randolph to gain a first-round pick from the Timberwolves, a selection he possibly would have to ship with two of three prospects — Danilo Gallinari, rookie sensation Landry Fields or restricted free agent Wilson Chandler.

Walsh will not give up three of those four players, knowing the Knicks’ biggest need is a legit starting center. Sources said restricted free agents Marc Gasol and Clippers 7-footer DeAndre Jordan are squarely on the radar this summer, and that’s a big priority.

For now, the Knicks wait patiently on the periphery, realizing Anthony’s advisors are eager to drag them into the race to give the Nets competition.

This is the right stance for Walsh to take. The longer this drags on the more likely it is that the Nuggets will have to drop their price tag in order to get something in return for Anthony. Sooner or later the Nuggets could wind up backed into a corner and simply have to take whatever the Knicks decide they can give up.

Besides, I also like Walsh’s belief that his team already has quality perimeter players and could really benefit from the addition of a quality interior player.


Report: Knicks Have '50-50' Shot At Carmelo Anthony

The New York Daily News reported today that the New York Knicks remain “very much in the hunt” for Carmelo Anthony.

It has been obvious that the bright lights of Madison Square Garden have been Anthony’s preferred destination for a while now.

A person familiar with the negotiations told the Daily News that talks between the Nuggets and Knicks are ongoing and classified the possibility of a deal with New York at “50-50.”

“He’d like to play in New York,” said the source, who requested anonymity. “But I don’t see anything happening soon.”

The Nets, as has been widely reported, can offer a package including highly-regarded rookie Derrick Favors, draft picks and other players that would send more talent back to Denver. Despite that, what the Nets can’t do anything about is that they are the Nets — and they are not ’Melo’s dream choice.

The Daily News offers an idea of what the Knicks might be able to piece together to make a trade happen.

In order for the Knicks to acquire Anthony, team president Donnie Walsh would have to acquire at least one first-round pick to include in the deal.

The dilemma for the Knicks is whether or not to gut their roster for a player they could sign as a free agent after July 1. A deal for Anthony would likely have to include two of these three starters — Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields — plus Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and at least one first-round pick. The Knicks may also have to take on a player with a long-term contract. Al Harrington could be that player.

Anthony wields the hammer here because he can simply bide his time and walk away from the Nuggets as a free agent. In the end Anthony could very well force the Nuggets to take what they see as the lesser offer from the Knicks simply to get something in return for him.


Carmelo Anthony: He Loves New York, But Does He Love Brooklyn?

Throughout their pursuit of a trade for Carmelo Anthony the biggest question has really been whether or not the New Jersey Nets could sell Anthony on the idea of signing a long-term extension with the franchise, which moves to Brooklyn in 2012.

ESPN is reporting today that Anthony still has not expressed any willingness to play for the Nets, and that could be the biggest impediment to the on-again, off-again mega-trade.

“He has not agreed to go to New Jersey,” said the source, who speaks regularly with Anthony. “I have never heard him, in all the times we’ve talked, say he’s willing to go to New Jersey. Not once. Personally, I would be stunned if he went there and signed an extension.”

Recent reports have indicated that Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has been the driving force behind the proposed deal between the Nets, Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons. Does anyone else understand why Rose would be pushing a deal Anthony apparently might not want? I don’t.

“He [Rose] may want him to go there,” one source said. “But Melo doesn’t want to be in Jersey. He wants to play in New York.”

Yahoo! Sports, on the other hand, is reporting that Anthony has sent mixed messages about New Jersey.

Anthony has delivered mixed messages on his desire to sign a contract extension with the Nuggets. He’s told two teammates he would ultimately be fine joining the Nets, and pushed his agent, Leon Rose, to help construct a package of players to go to the Nets with him. Nevertheless, Anthony has been wildly back and forth on his willingness to compromise with the Nets over the Knicks.

Yahoo! also reported that Knicks star Amare Stoudemire, who some have said might not want Anthony to join him, has begun trying to recruit him. AOL Fanhouse also reported today Anthony insists his wife’s status as a Brooklyn native and TV star won’t affect any trade.

So, there you have it. The picture really isn’t any clearer, is it?


Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: 'Melo-Drama' Not Over Yet

A day ago the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes seemed to be heading to a conclusion that would place ’Melo with the New Jersey Nets. Now, like the ending to any good book, the final chapter has suddenly seen all sorts of plot twists that threaten to blow up the entire enterprise.

There are threats from the Denver Nuggets to trade Anthony to the New York Knicks if the Nets don’t shut up. There are the Houston Rockets making a last-minute bid to get Anthony. There is a stumbling block because the Nuggets want to add at least one more player in an effort to shed more salary.

Here is a look around the Inter-Google at what is currently being reported about the situation.

Here Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on those threats by the Nuggets:

Before resuming trade talks for Carmelo Anthony(notes) on Monday, the Denver Nuggets delivered a stern warning to the New Jersey Nets: Unless the public nature of these trade discussions becomes private, be warned that we will send Anthony to the New York Knicks.

Nothing else the Nuggets could’ve said would send such chills of unease through the Nets, and that’s why Denver made the threat, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Would the Nuggets do such a thing out of spite? Would they take a lesser package out of vengeance? No one could be sure, but it sure delivered one more element of drama and intrigue to these trade talks.

The Nuggets also apparently want to add Al Harrington to the already massive 13-player deal that had been on the table.

The Nets and Detroit Pistons, according to sources close to the situation, both believed for much of the weekend that they were on the verge of completing a three-team deal with Denver featuring at least 13 players and headlined by Anthony.

Finally, there are reports that the Rockets might be making a play to grab Anthony out from under the Nets.

While the Rockets don’t have a franchise talent like New Jersey’s Derrick Favors, they can offer cap relief in the expiring contract of Yao Ming ($17.7 million), Shane Battier ($7.4 million) and Jared Jeffries ($6.9 million), as well young talent like leading scorer Kevin Martin or Aaron Brooks, the NBA’s 2009-10 Most Improved Player. Houston also has the right to swap draft picks with the Knicks in 2011 and it owns New York’s pick outright in 2012.

It is unclear if Anthony would be willing to sign an extension with Houston or if the Rockets are willing to make a deal for Anthony without the extension.

Stay tuned. This Melo-Drama has not yet reached its conclusion, and what that will be is still anybody’s guess.


Carmelo Anthony To New Jersey A Good Move For 'Melo?

The Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey and a zillion other players to assorted other locations around the NBA planet has not even officially happened yet, but the reaction to what seems like ’Melo’s eventually being beamed from Denver to New Jersey is already coming in.

Here is one from the National Post questioning Anthony’s judgment if he does indeed approve a trade to the swamps of Jersey.

But while James, Bosh and Wade agreed to sign four-year deals with an opt-out clause after three, Carmelo stuck with a five-year deal. This, clearly, was dumb. Partly, it was dumb because the deal would carry over into the strange unknown world of a new collective bargaining agreement, which even then was believed to be headed towards more restrictive terms, and which now seems destined to be achieved after a lockout of indeterminate length and rancor.

So while LeBron, Wade and Bosh were all eligible for six-year, US$121-million contracts when they were free agents last summer — remember last summer? — Carmelo is now eligible to sign a three-year, US$65-million extension, and then another deal in a far less congenial labour environment. If he doesn’t sign by the time this CBA expires, then who knows how many millions he will lose?

As it stands, the money is not the only thing Carmelo missed. While Bosh, LeBron and Wade were putting together a team which has won 21 of its last 22 games, and which I still say will win in the neighbourhood of five championships barring catastrophic injury or a misplaced meteor, Carmelo seems destined to join … the New Jersey Nets.

Great move, Carmelo. Yeah, you wanted to go to the Knicks, but they didn’t have the trade assets after razing the village in a doomed attempt to grab LeBron. After an awfully drawn-out trade negotiation … it’s New Jersey.

Which means that Carmelo Anthony would make a lousy general manager, too.

SB Nation’s Andrew Sharp wonders simply if the new era where it seems NBA superstars wield all the power to make or break franchises depending on where they want to be is a good thing for the league.

The New York Knicks, of course, would still like to get in on the Anthony sweepstakes but seem to understand they don’t have what it will take.

That might bum out Knicks fans, but it seems those who know him don’t really believe current Knicks star Amare Stoudemire will be bothered if Anthony winds up in New Jersey.

Geez, all of this and the trade hasn’t even happened yet.


Nets On The Verge Of Acquiring Carmelo Anthony

The New Jersey Nets are once again nearing a deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to Newark with the help of the Detroit Pistons.  After several failed attempts this season, the latest proposal would include up to 13 players, making it the largest trade in NBA history.

According to Yahoo! Sports, here is where all of the moving parts would land:

The proposed trade will send Anthony, [Rip] Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Nuggets guard Anthony Carter and forward Shelden Williams to the Nets.  The Nuggets will receive two first-round picks from the Nets, point guard Devin Harris, rookie forward Derrick Favors, guards Anthony Morrow, Ben Uzoh, Stephen Graham and Quinton Ross.  The Pistons will get [Troy] Murphy and [Johan] Petro.

At this point the biggest question mark seems to be Petro. The Pistons are trying to save as much money as possible and have yet to agree to take on his contract that will pay him $6.75 million over the next two seasons.  Considering the much bigger hurdles that have already been cleared, Petro's status won't hold up the deal.

With so many of their players involved in this trade, the Nets will need this to happen sooner rather than later. They travel to take on the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and have to have enough players in uniform to play the game which they wouldn't have while waiting for physicals to be completed.

Both Anthony and Billups started for the Nuggets Sunday night.


Carmelo Anthony Rumors: Nets Trying To Involve Pistons

The New Jersey Nets’ efforts to land Denver’s Carmelo Anthony now revolve around a complex three-team trade that would involve several members of the Detroit Pistons, according to a variety of reports.

Here are the essential facts, from The Bergen Record.

In the complicated scenario that’s being discussed, the Nets would send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and at least two first-round picks to Denver and Troy Murphy’s expiring contract to the Pistons. In return, the Nets would get Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Nuggets and likely Richard Hamilton from the Pistons, who are looking to shed salary. Hamilton has two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.

There are many more players involved, including Anthony Morrow going to Denver and Johan Petro to Detroit — to make the salaries match. But this is one of multiple things the Nets are discussing in an effort to land Anthony.

The Nets also are trying to trade with Denver straight up for the All-Star small forward.

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Anthony’s agent. Leon Rose, is a driving force behind the proposed trade.

Rose represents Hamilton and, maybe more importantly, New Orleans star guard Chris Paul, who can be a free agent after the 2011-2012 season.

This one sounds interesting, but murky. Most likely it’s hardly the last twist in the ongoing Anthony saga.


Knicks Say Wilson Chandler Won't Get Away

The New York Knicks might trade for Denver's Carmelo Anthony. Then again, they might trade for Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns. No one knows for sure right now. One thing for certain, though, is that the Knicks have no intention of letting Wilson Chandler escape to free agency.

Here is Knicks president Donnie Walsh talking to the New York Post about Chandler. 

"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him. He's a helluva player."

Chandler, 23, is averaging 17.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. The Post speculated that Chandler may seek a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $60 million. As a restricted free agent the Knicks can match any offer Chandler receives.

In the previous two season Chandler averaged 14.4 and 15.3 points per game. He is shooting career bests of 48.9 percent overall and 38.6 percent from three-point range this season.

SB Nation's Knicks blog, Posting and Toasting, is happy to see Walsh so adamant about keeping Chandler.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Wilson Chandler 34 34.7 6.8 13.9 48.9 1.9 4.9 38.6 2.3 2.8 82.3 1.4 5.1 6.5 1.8 1.4 0.6 1.5 3.3 17.9

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