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.