by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking from exhausted reporters — and certainly, the exhausted readers who sift through the daily reports — but word on the street is that we may be nearing a conclusion in the MeloDrama.

Despite the latest media report claiming that the Grizzlies and Knicks have had discussions involving O.J. Mayo possibly heading to Denver (with Anthony going to New York), the Knicks‘ front-office continues to deny that they’re working on a trade for Carmelo.

The NY Daily News
reports:

Knicks president Donnie Walsh Thursday night denied being in talks with both the Grizzlies and Nuggets in a complicated trade that would bring Anthony to New York. The Grizzlies involvement would include sending O.J. Mayo to the Nuggets while the Knicks would trade a combination of Wilson Chandler plus Danilo Gallinari or Landry Fields.

Meanwhile, a source involved in the negotiations remains confident that the proposed three-way deal between the Nets, Nuggets and Pistons would be completed early next week. Anthony was in the starting lineup on Thursday when the Nuggets hosted the Miami Heat. The Nets face the Lakers on Friday in Los Angeles.

For what it’s worth, the New Jersey Nets appear to be the leading candidate to land Carmelo Anthony.

But at this point, for the sake of everyone’s sanity, he just needs to land somewhere — anywhere — and preferably soon.