Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 11:02 am  |  90 responses

Knicks Add Gallinari to Offer for Carmelo Anthony

by Ryne Nelson

With the Nets and Nuggets having reached a “tentative agreement” on a trade, the Knicks have reportedly improved their offer to Denver for Carmelo Anthony.

According to Marc Spears, the Knicks’ offer now includes Danilo Gallinari, Ray Felton, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry and a first-round pick to be acquired later. The Nuggets would send Carmelo, Chauncey Billups and “fillers.”

The proposed deal would send Gallinari, point guard Raymond Felton, forward Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and a first-round pick to the Nuggets for Anthony, point guard Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams.

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. One league source confirmed a New York Daily News report that Knicks owner Jim Dolan had met with Anthony in Los Angeles.

Dolan “is doing everything he can to get him,” the source said.

The New York Daily News reports that although Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni are not in favor of the trade, Knicks owner James Dolan could execute the deal as soon as today.

Dolan met with Melo on Thursday and the Knicks and Nuggets had a conference call yesterday. Mikhail Prokhorov released statement today stating that he has no plans to meet with Carmelo. Both the NY Times and Newsday report that Carmelo will not sign a contract extension if he is traded to the Nets.

All this is to say it’s likely that Melo will be a Knick before the February 24 deadline.

With All-Star, labor negotiations and the Carmelo Decision, the next 48 hours could be epic!

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  • JTaylor21

    Damn giving up an arm and a leg for Melo? NYK still won’t win ish in the playoffs with an Amare/Melo frontcourt.

  • Sincere

    With Amare and melo they will built a dynasty when they fill this roster out in one more year.can u image eastern final new York vs Miami game seven that’s if cp3 or Deron Williams run point

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    Could Melo switch teams @ halftime of the ASG if the trade goes through?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    They’re giving way too much for Melo. The Knicks will lose all depth if they do this…

  • Dan Corbin

    Billups won’t go.. he will opt out and may end up in Miami.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Yeah I can understand people thinking: ‘They’re not going anywhere with 2 players on the roster’, well, maybe not right now, but the plan is building around those 2 all-stars. If Carmelo goes to the Nets (that means he agreed to sign an extension) the Knicks are not going to get him in the offseason (obviously), so they have to get him NOW. Don’t give up on the oppertunity to get Melo.

  • JVAL1

    I honestly think this deal is stupid.. you give up ray felton who’s on the rise and is still young so has the time to progress and shipping out gallinari who’s come up big many times I just think its to much for a melo and billups

  • Elliot Forde

    Sure they wont win this year, but with melo the knicks attract guys like deron williams and chris paul. And if anyone hasn’t noticed chauncey billups contract expires the same year those two become free agents.

  • http://www.streetmodifier.com Mustang Parts

    I agree with Jahmai, let’s get Melo Now! there’s no guarantee we’ll get him later.

  • fourthree

    Dayuuum. Gallo AND Chandler?! I dunno. IMO Melo’s THAT nice, but aren’t the Bockers givin’ up alot. The NY faithful will probably be sitting on the edge of thier seats the next couple of days.

  • Mel Dealcross

    I agree. If Melo is that such a huge impact player, Denver should be in finals in all those years he has been with the team.
    Basketball is a team game. You win with five players not with one, and of course good coaches, good bench role players.

  • RTG

    Get Melo any which way you can. It’ll be sad to see Chandler, Felton and Gallinari go but it’s not like they’re irreplaceable. Set Amare and Carmelo and build around them.

    Sure, they won’t win it all this season but wait ’til next year! Go Knicks!

  • add

    i’d pull the trigger on this deal if i was the knicks, gettin melo and billups (an experienced player with some gas left in the tank), i just don’t see the big deal about gettin rid of danilo and chandler.

  • http://www.dimemag.com Ree Roe

    Knicks still aren’t going to do anything special…


    to pull that kind of trade NY must be really sure about their future ending with the likes of either cp3 or dwill…but wasnt NY already a good team? guess corporate america works in funny ways…

  • Martey

    The Knicks won’t lose all depth because they dont have any depth. D’Antoni plays six players in his rotation, seven tops. He tires his players out and leaves them prone to injury. Should Anthony comes to NY he will take Gallo’s position anyways. Gallo is inconsistent. Chandler is a good player but he can be replaced. I would be against the Knicks giving up Landry and Chandler, but they didnt. The only bad deal here is Felton because he has great chemistry with Amare, however the Knicks were still planning to go after the Deron/CP3 sweepstake in the summer and half the seasons’ gone already. Chauncey is a good replacement with playoff experience and he would form a splendid backup to CP3 or even a good tandem if they move him over to shooting guard. Eddy Curry hasnt played so he’s just a contract. Renaldo Balkman and Shelden Williams are good hustle type players like Rony Turiaf. Either way the Knicks can green light this trade. The Eastern Conference is weak enough this year that even with this trade they stay competitive for the playoffs

  • RT Firefly

    Knicks will play with the Nuggets till the 24th, and then cancel any deal. Nuggets will be stuck with Melo, and the Knicks sign him next year when he walks to them as a free agent.

  • http://www.ebay.com Tariq

    This is a bad trade for the Knicks. I would not give up Felton.

  • Harrison

    Knicks need to make this trade. Who cares if we trade Galo in the deal, Melo is a SF, as is Galo it would be stupid to have them both on the roster Galo will make too much to be a back up especially considering how much of a game Melo plays, which is why Chandler is expendable. Felton has been great this season but Billups is just as good and will get guys open looks. We keep Fields, a rookie who has shown a lot AND can be an AFFORDABLE player to keep around Melo and Amare. Depending on the new agreement the league and PA make, maybe the knicks can make a run at Deron Williams or CP3, or maybe even Dwight Howard. Thats looking too much into the future though.


  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Just realize, role players are really really important BUT they are replaceable,getting a superstar and arguably the best scorer in the league now or never? You have to pull the trigger. Reminds me of Cleveland not willing to part ways with JJ Hickson in a trade for Amare last All-Star weekend, just look where they’re now… LeBron is gone, Amare is bringing the funk back to MSG and JJ… is still JJ.

  • Charlie Tang

    Both Gallo and Chandler are not dependable. Let them go. Carmelo is the future.

  • jose

    One of ya’l mentioned it earlier, Billups won’t go if it happens(supposedly so it’s pretty much Ray-Fel,Gallo,Chandler(and curry, lol) for Melo if it happens

  • RAW

    @ Mel Dealcross: Trust me, if you don’t follow the Nuggets like those of us in Denver do, I will tell you that Melo is an impact player. Before Melo Denver hadn’t been to the playoffs since 1993 when they upset Seattle. After we acquired Melo, we have been in the playoffs every year since. The problem is that Denver has not done a good job building players around Melo with the exception of Chauncey. Believe me if the Knicks pull the trigger on this deal,and are willing to build the team around him they will be in the playoffs even the finals many times within the next two to three years. I wouldn’t question whether or not he is an impact player, because he is and he has proved it! Personally, I will be sad to see him go. I hated the way that he was booed in the Pepsi Center he had trouble in the past yes, but he isn’t the same 19 year old kid from Syracuse any longer. Mello is a real class act now. He has handled this whole thing with true class unlike Lebron did. I am glad that he talked to Lebron about how to handle it. He has taken advice and gone with it. He is coachable and also a great athlete. I wish him the best and will always be a fan of Melo. Wish we could keep him!

  • Kas

    Not a good deal for the Knicks, I like Felton over Billups on the Knicks

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    On a side note Balkman comes back to the team that cheered so loudly for him on draft day! Knicks still can’t escape the Isaiah Thomas legacy.


    I’m looking forward to Melo, Smooth, and Kool coming to the Knicks, while at the same time keeping Muddy Fields and Mozgov on the Hudson. Next, the Knicks pick up Earl Barron for front court depth, and hope Kelenna Azubuike can be ready to be a 6th man by the time the real season starts – or perhaps flip his expiring contract for a 6th man. This is just the beginning. Next season is when the Knicks contend for a chip.

  • Bmerz

    You guys are blind u should of saw this coming once mozgof stepping into the starting lineup .. It will be billups fields melo amare and mozgof with Douglas shawne Williams Turiaf Nd bill walker off the bench Knicks have plenty of depth but still a little shaky with big men other then amare but that’s been all season… Billups contract will be up after this season Nd the Knicks will have room to sign cp or dwills

  • Donatello

    Damn, the knicks woulg give up way too much for Melo. Losing Gallinari OR Chandler is manageable, although it would hurt because they are highly talented. But Gallinari & Chandler?? I see Gallinari as Carmelo light anyway, they are the same type of player. All the Kinicks have to do is wait until summer, then they can sign Carmelo anyway, without losing depth. To throw up the roster now, with little time ahead wont get them anywhere. The only positive aspect is getting rid of Curry’s butt and that’s it.

  • jay rose

    In case some of you forgot, the Knicks dont have a bench to help out if the trade goes through. Melo and STAT wont win any championships for NY unless they can get some help from their bench when they go to the bench.

  • brian king

    The knicks have to make this deal. A player like Carmelo comes once in a lifetime. Carmelo is better than all them players put together. billups is better then felton, and would be better with those 2. Paul or williams, but i think paul. will be here soon. The knicks would be back now. If this trade doesn’t happen. Im no longer a knick fan.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    There’s isn’t a guarantee that he’ll sign in the summer? He literally doesn’t want to play for any other team, that’s pretty much a guarantee.

  • paul

    Given up their team for Melo. Makes no sense.

  • riggs

    the knicks should just have some balls and tell denver no, do the deal with the nets and see if carmelo would say yes (he wont). Youre giving up 3 of your damn starters for carmelo and a guy who went on record saying he doesnt want to leave denver. Stop letting denver play front office mind games letting the trade details with new jersey leak so you can sweeten up the deal smh.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    If this deal goes through, the Knicks won’t be a threat until MAYBE the summer after NEXT season.
    Billups, Fields, Anthony, Stoudemire, Mozgov won’t strike any fear in the Celtics, Heat or Bulls.
    Billups might be out after this season, and then who’s their starting PG if that happens? Toney Douglas?
    I read someone say they can get CP or D Will after this season. Negative. They’re unrestricted free agents in 2012 offseason.
    I read someone else say Billups can be CP or DWill’s backup if they sign with NY. Are you kidding me? Billups wanted to end his career with the Nuggets before he got dragged into this nonsense.
    The Knicks would be a great team with let’s say, Amare, Melo and CP. But that can’t happen till 2012. Till then, they ain’t hurting nothing. Even if they do get Melo this year.
    Also, I absolutely believe a O’Antoni-coached team can never, ever win a championship unless he somehow becomes more defensive-minded, but that’s like asking Eboy to wear a Kobe jersey.

  • MikeC.

    I’m not totally against this trade. NY needs some scrappy role players like Balkman. I’d prefer to keep Felton and Billups out of it. Then it works for me.


    “Desperation is a stinky cologne”


    Or how bout “I got these cheeseburgers man. I’ll suck your d*ck man”

  • Dagger

    Seems pretty simple to me. Can the Knicks win a championship with their current young core? No. Could they win one building around Melo and Amare? In spite of their defensive liabilities, maybe. Don’t forget Billups and Balkman would be sent along as well. I’d do this trade.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    NOOOOOOOOO. Felton is too valuable. And I’d h@te to see both Chandler and Gallinari go. This somewhat guts the Knicks.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    HOWEVER, this trade works if Toney Douglas is given more minutes–and even a future starting role once Billups either leaves via free agency or chooses to retire (hopefully none of these). I’m glad I don’t see Douglas’ name in any of these trade rumors.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Damn. I was wary of these deal for a while but remember, the Knicks aren’t JUST getting Melo. They’re getting a highly capable, former All-Star, former Finals MVP in Chauncey Billups too. They’re getting the best two players the Nuggets have to offer–the duo that sent them to the Western Conference Finals a few years ago. This deal is looking pretty decent; the only question mark is whether Billups wants to stay or not. And if he doesn’t, again, TONEY DOUGLAS needs the starting nod.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I just wish Knicks could keep Felton and let Billups stay with Nuggets then the trade is better. Nuggets have Ty Lawson, they really don’t need Felton. Who cares about Chandler and Gallo, they are replaceable. Felton was working out with Knicks. Nuggets management should keep Billups and just take Chandler and Gallo with picks/curry contract. Knicks will be allright in the long run, People they are only 2 games above.500, its not like they are killing in the league right now anyway. BOOK IT!!

  • riggs

    toney douglas cannot play point in this system, he has messed up the flow of the offensive break everytime he’s been running point. He’s a good defensive minded PG but if chauncey doesnt want to play for NYK then theyre screwed.

  • riggs

    @mikeC: Balkman WAS with the knicks, and he stuck up the joint.

  • http://youtube/user/Uncle05Sam Earl


  • dubb100

    Chandler’s going away at the end of the season no matter what. Gallo is inconsistent trash when it really comes down to it. Feltons not worth not getting Melo. Amare and Melo are 2 of the top 2 best basketball players in the world. Who wouldnt except less to play in the worlds most famous arena and play with to aces in the league? Denvers team was trash.. overrated lazy K Mart streaky Jr smith.. Nene not good enough to carry a team in the playoffs… A.I. (WHEN THERE) was a ball hog bum… Amare will carry the load when Melos having fout trouble or injuried, something the losers in Denver couldnt do.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ riggs: Well he hasn’t had much playing time in the first place. He can do it. He has good court vision, he’s quick, and he’s athletic. And he can shoot. Plus, D’Antoni hasn’t had a defensive-minded point guard… Well, ever. That’s a good thing. Knicks will be fine with Douglas.

  • O

    I agree. If Felton was to stay put or if Chauncy wanted to play with the Knicks, i’d be hype. But we’re letting Felton – who loves playing in NY – go, and Chauncy has said he would want a buyout and move down to South Beach and hop on those Big 3 nuts. But Melo has “said” that if the Knicks don’t make an attempt to trade for him, then he’d sign with Jersey. Denver is said to want Felton to use as trade bait in the off season. I feel for my man Ray.


    Leave it up 2 dub100 2 supply us w/jokes. “Amare and Melo are 2 of the top 2 best basketball players in the world”. Haha! What a laughable concept

  • JoeMaMa

    I honestly feel like the biggest loss for the Nuggets is Billups. They were going to lose Anthony anyway, but Billups figured to end his career in his home state, go on to the front office, and be a community ambassador. Melo is the flash, the star…but Billups is the leader, the strength of the franchise. Don’t get me wrong, Melo is THE GUY, but losing Billups will sting Denver a lot more than people are letting on.

  • dubb100

    Ya there easily top 15/20 basketball players in the world dumb a$$!

  • fruizm

    well at least the nuggets can add one more super tatted up player to their roster with chandler.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Yall really gave Isiah too much sh!t. Post Isiah New York has given up first round draft picks, young players like Jordan Hill, as well as all stars like Zach Randolph for nothing good in return, and they are about to trade there second best player without getting a good piece to replace him with. Billups could never run D’Antoni’s system. I had my doubts about Felton after all the slowness Larry Brown forced upon him but he is young and was able to get back to the way he played at Carolina. Billups never was an uptempo guard and it is going to leave a big hole in the Knicks offense.

  • Groves

    melo is one of my favourites… the knicks are dumb im they give up felton and gallinari for him and billups… billups is getting old and is not the future of the team

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    wow dub, are you even reading what you’re typing???
    “Amare and Melo are 2 of the top 2 best basketball players in the world.”
    And then when you get called out on it you drop this gem-
    “Ya there easily top 15/20 basketball players in the world dumb a$$!”


    Awkward silence

  • http://dsjkfl.com Jukai

    BETCATS: If you had Isiah as your GM, you’d have run him out of the f*cking town yourself with a pitchfork. Every single good draft pick he made was either traded or covered with total sh*t. It doesn’t matter if he sees good talent if he’s immediately going to trade for the exact same player or give that draft pick away.
    Everyone who is even remotely glorifying Isiah Thomas needs to check into rehab.

  • http://slamonline.com cold as ice

    to me personally if denver really wanted to keep melo happy. they would have put a better supporting cast around melo over the yrs. a.i was gd. but nobody gave melo an a.i a fair shot. that duel broke down in yr two. which they played a season an a half 2gether. considering the mini brawl at the garden. who started that fight… nate and j.r but melo finished it. (melo you’ll be forgiven if u come here) then mr. bigshot arrived. he brought better leadership to the team, more defensive mindset considering from the team that traded him.(and 1 thing for the record,it wasnt a.i’s fault completely in mo town) and the billups and melo duel got as far as the western conference finals. Once. all past playoff eliminations was by the hated (well i do and maybe half the basketball world) san antonio spurs :p! melo kept running into the spurs and out the post season melo went. besides biillups, birdman, who has the nuggets really surrounded melo with??? shelden william (mr. candice parker) C’mon son!! al harrington well i like al from the hardwork he put in wit my knicks iin his stay there. but no! affalo noooooo!! i like the other dude that tripped kobe(whats his name?) balkman sheesh, nene has had an up an down career so he gets a pass. kenyon who??? and so on and so on. so like 7 yrs ya had the man an did nothing but get to the wc finals once and 6 1st rnd exists!! very convincing to stay. at least bron got to the finals and ec finals and 2nd rnd. denver is said to be in a financial grip. so loosen the grip and let the man walk. but when u want to gut a team for 5 players. 4 starters a bench warmer and 1st rnd pick. theres only 1 name i can think of denver. ya aka is diddy. denver is diddy. the lox said it best at 1 point. raping me records. and thats what denver is tryna do. ya said the man is ya future. well if he was then like a woman you want to spend your future with. you gotta take care of her right? so denver in carmelo’s case and hopefully yes he comes to NY. so my knicks can shine even brighter. and not go to the nets,lakers,rockets and west bubble… i think i speak for melo and the last 7 yrs of his career with denver. all i can say is in my jayz voice WHERE’S THE LOVE??? come to NY melo and well show u love big bro. at the mecca. u see what we do with a’mare what u think we gonna do with you. sign brother. sign!!!!! peace

  • http://Slamonline.com Dave

    I am a huge Knicks fan, and extremely apprehensive of this trade. I would hate to see Felton go, he is truly a talent with a future and I fear the Knicks are giving away too much. At the same time this trade isnt to win a championship this season, its a building block. I just keep telling myself where owuld Jordan have been without Pippen. The role players on those bulls teams were contsantly changing but those two, quality, allstar players, that pushed each other to be better, they made the Bulls the team of the 90′s. Well nuff said, lets nail this trade down, Get Melo and next season destroy Boston, Miami, and Orlando on the way to routing the Lakers. Honestly it woould be foolish for Denver to pass up on the talent being offered here, for what? To keep him, have him not sign and lose him to FA and get nada. MAKE THE DEAL!!!!! Then get CP3

  • http://Slamonline.com Dave

    Keep Felton….Billups wants nothing to do with NY, Felton bleeds Orange and Blue. Hes a growing player. He contributes in everyway…Gallo..let him go, Chandler….bye bye. But Keep Felton, hes got those intangibles people. This trade is evil, Thursday needs to come and just get this over. no matter what if he comes to NY hes coming to a gutted Knickerbocker team. Major rebuild, and without that first round pick mind you, just freakin ducky. Lets hold Felton. And the idot that said Billups is way better than felton..cmon. Billups is on NBA’s slippery downslope out of the leage. He doesnt wat to be in NY and his output isnt gonna be there. Felton is a WAY better option for NYK. Use your brain man. Lets just finish this drama

  • http://Slamonline.com Dave

    One last comment here my B-ball friends, a suggestion that will most likely be ridiculed, but research it and think it out before slamming it. Why not make an offer to memphis for OJ mayo. Honestly hes got Talent, hes in a bad fit right now and couls be picked up for probably as little as a filler and a 4th rounder. He will benefit from Mike D’s system and he needs out of Memphis, He dont like it and they dont want him. So rather tahn gutting your team lets add a little more talent too. And as much as I truly want Melo in a Knick uniform is anyone else surprised that Chicago hasnt been brought up at all in this. If Chicago picked up a Melo caliber player that would be it, they would be able to compete with any on the best in the east, Im just surprised taht there was actually a tiny amount of Laker talk and no Chicago chatter at all. Imagine that team…I mean Wow….But as a Knick fan lets nail down Melo and pick up a support player like Mayo. Anyone got any ideas on that?

  • Charles

    I don’t like Felton involved in this crappy deal. Too much chemistry with amare will wasted.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    If they don’t get CP3 or Deron Williams to go with Melo and Amare, they are screwed if they make this trade. Melo + Amare + Fields + filler is going to get them nowhere.

  • Clydesays

    Knicks have to make that deal. They’ll never get past the Celtics, Magic or Heat with Amare/Felton/Gallo.

  • http://Slamonline.com Dave

    Well They arent gonna get passed anyone with a two man team….and Billups…he dont even count…..

  • Josh

    Solution – Melo says he does not want to go to New Jersey like he is thinking in his head. Nets back off (again) and Knicks then also back off as they no longer need to compete with the Nets. Melo plays it out in Denver, leaves for New York in the summer. I realize Denver would rather get rid of him before they get nothing, but really other than the Nets, who is going to take him?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    If Wilson Chandler goes to the Nuggets, he will average 20+ points a game. He will be a future All-Star. If he stays with the Knicks and gets enough playing time, he would make a GREAT shooting guard alongside Melo.

  • http://Slamonline.com Dave

    Cmon how they gonna play bostons big 3 witha big 2? And for that matter a bench thats near non-existant. They need to take control of the negotiations. They need to make it happen, no doubt. But they have to keep Felton….

  • hoodsnake

    So…who’s gonna rebound?

  • Ronald

    PG: Billups: SG: Fields SF:Melo PF:Amare C: Mozgov

    Not a bad lineup at all. You have a proven leader and clutch shooter in Billups (And, with Melo). A do it all SG who does the little nitty gritty things, and is young with a healthy contract. You have two of the best scorers in the NBA (Passing will be a problem here tho). And a young serviceable big in Mozgov with a energy guy like Turiaf coming off the bench. The biggest problem is losing a guy like Chandler who can score right off the bench.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    to give up a team for a two(ego) headed monster … what a shame … enjoy this season and get cp3 and Carmelo next year !

  • http://www.jewelzlopez.com -Mas-

    I’d try to keep Raymond. Danilo and Wilson are not elite players at all. The impact that Carmelo is twice as much as both those two combined.
    At this point I’m already tired of all the talk. But Azubuke once healthy can score of the bench. Douglas can score of the bench. Williams can score of the bench. Coach only uses a 8 to 9 man rotation. It’s going down either way. I hope the Knicks don’t nix this trade.

  • http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4hx7fts IAMORANGE4EVER

    HERE is the 3 team DEAL I LIKE THE MOST –> NEW YORK KNICKS: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Arron Afflalo, Chris “BIRDMAN” Andersen, and Sebastian Telfair. DENVER NUGGETS: Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Landry Fields, Kelenna Azubuike, and the Wolves 1st rd pick acquired for Randolph. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, and Roger Mason. This deal works for everyone. In this deal the Knicks get to keep their versatile 6th man Wilson Chandler. Denver unloads Birdman’s contract too. CLICK my name and you’ll see the trade works financially for all 3 teams.

  • RT Firefly

    Once again, why trade the entire young, talented cast of the Knicks for a guy who will walk on to the Knicks next year anyway? The best thing that can happen is absolutely nothing. The Nuggets get stuck with Melo. He goes free agent next year and signs onto a “stacked” Knicks team. Melo has made it clear that he will not sign an extension with anyone but the Knicks. Translation for next year: He will sign with the Knicks.

    Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free??? (Plus $20M a year :)

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Knicks are acting slow. Why offer your young talent in a trade for a player who, chances are, will sign with the Knicks during the offseason?

    Get a clue, Dolan.

  • http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4hx7fts IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Knicks didn’t invest in Amar’e to be first round fodder, while the young talent grows.

  • Charlie

    If you do not get Melo now, you are rolling your dice for next year.

  • Charlie

    Remember the year the Knicks ended up getting nobody but Weatherspoon and started falling. Things change around, not in the way you anticipated.

  • http://slam FLIGHT 9

    bad deal for knicks if it its true…. I would rather wait for the season to end or just forget melo. Giving up too much for a one dimensional playa!!!

  • http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4hx7fts IAMORANGE4EVER

    Carmelo is only a one dimensional player in your mind @FLIGHT9. The bottom line is the Knicks as they’re currently constructed are a 500 team and first round fodder. You don’t make a huge investment in Amar’e to be first round fodder. Billups-Melo-Stat as a nucleus can get it done come playoff time.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    According to that Woj character at yahoo sports James Dolan has reached out and is having Isiah call the shots on this one. I take back what I said earlier. Go read the article for yourselves if you dont believe me…

  • JoeMaMa

    @Teddy: if the Knicks just sit tight, let Carmelo play out his season, and then sign him, then you’ve got a team that could possibly contend, depending on how guys play together. Melo, Gallinari, Chandler, Fields? You’ve got shooting, athleticism, rebounding, hustle. Bring DWill/Paul into the mix and you’ve got New York basketball back on top.

  • RT Firefly

    No doubt Anthony is more than a one dimensional player, but a Billups-Melo-Stoudemire with no one else is a second round elimination (at best) in the East. Smart move is to wait till next year. Stoudemire is 29 next season and Carmelo will be 28. Both will be in their athletic prime years. Knicks can wait and still have their young talent, plus a free agent and a first rounder.

  • O

    I read the only hold up now is that Denver insists that Mozgov be included in the current deal. Now, I know the Russian isn’t going to make or break a team, but come on, we actually NEED this man at Center. Plus, no one knows for sure Billups is going to want to play for us or demand a buyout. Sidenote: I read D-Will wants to play with Stat.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Good point, Joe. But what happens if Melo signs that New Jersey extension?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    If Melo were more patient he could just refuse New Jersey altogether (which is what I think he’s doing..?) and wait until something happens with New York. But I don’t think he wants to wait till the summer. I have a feeling something WILL go down by trade deadline, for better or worse.

  • skittles05

    both NY and Melo are crazy if they go through with this Deal. All Melo has to do is just say no to Jersey and Sign with a fully stacked NY next season. Then if they want to get D will trade Felton + others for him or some other scenario like that if the opportunity prevents itself. Surely as a normal human being Anthony would HAVE to see it is way more beneficial to him if ONLY from a selfish stand point of joining a deeper NY team with a bench as opposed to a gutted Knicks team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com melvin ely

    I read the article BET and I am now equal parts wary of its validity and depressed about NY’s future should it prove to be true. It’d be a massive green turd in the faces of basketball fans if that turns out to be the case.

  • doyouwantmore

    Wow. What a difference a few years make! Carmelo turned into a well-spoken family man with character and integrity. Lebron turned into…er…well…he bought himself an amazing birthday cake.

  • http://none retloc

    What about lawson instead of billups him and felton are same player