by Ryne Nelson

With the Netsbacking out of the Melo sweepstakes, common sentiment around the League is that Anthony will sign with the Knicks.

But Carmelo may have to play out the rest of the season in Denver before he can join the Knicks, or any other squad.

The New York Post is reporting that the Knicks’ most recent offer — Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields, a first-round pick (for Anthony Randolph) and Eddy Curry‘s expiring contract — is “problematic.”

A deal with the Nuggets appears to be, according to one source familiar with the situation, “problematic.” But Knicks president Donnie Walsh still has a backup plan — hoping Carmelo Anthony becomes a free agent, and the two teams working on a sign-and-trade during the summer.

A 1050 ESPN New York report stated the Knicks have been rejected by Denver on an offer this week of Wilson Chandler, rookie Landry Fields and a first-round pick the Knicks presumably can obtain for Anthony Randolph. If the report has merit, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract would have been included in the package.

‘Donnie doesn’t want to give up five pieces in this,’ one source said.

Whether or not Melo is traded before the February 24 deadline, sources close to Carmelo Anthony tell Chris Broussard that “many teams that have been willing to trade for Anthony as a rental are now reconsidering.”

The Rockets are suitors, and Melo’s camp likes the Bulls, but Carmelo’s left no indication that he’d want to sign an extension with any team but the Knicks.