Is Amar’e Stoudemire Recruiting Carmelo Anthony?

by January 12, 2011

STAT’s public stance of late has been that the Knicks don’t need ‘Melo, but according to Yahoo!, he’s privately and directly asking Anthony to join him in Gotham: “After hearing Carmelo Anthony express public doubts over the New York Knicks’ desire and need for him, Amar’e Stoudemire reached out to tell the Denver Nuggets star that he ‘wants him in New York,’ a league source told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. The Knicks’ forward recently contacted Anthony via text message with a two-fold agenda: Make sure Anthony knows that Stoudemire himself wants Anthony at his side, and push Anthony to resist a proposed trade to the New Jersey Nets. Stoudemire is sensitive to public suggestions that he would prefer to play without a Madison Square Garden co-star and has repeatedly expressed that to Anthony … For now, the Nets stay in the discussions for Anthony, but the Knicks are still lurking in the distance. Amar’e Stoudemire sent one more message to the Nuggets star, and it was simple: Let’s do this, ’Melo”