The Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks trade might not happen after all. A Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks deal appears to be contingent on the Knicks sending back a first-round 2011 NBA Draft pick, but the Knicks don’t have one to trade. They have traded away both their 2011 and 2012 first-round picks in past deals, using that 2012 pick as a piece of the trade to Houston in order to get Tracy McGrady. Now it appears as though the Knicks might be out of the running if they can’t get a third team to jump in and help them out, even if Anthony favors going there.
According to ESPN’s Ryan Corazza, who wrote a brief article for the website this morning, the Knicks are now a long shot to stay in the Anthony sweepstakes. Yesterday it was Chris Brossard who stated that the Knicks are now “on the outside looking in,” as attempts to get a third team involved in the deal have fallen flat. It has been clear for a while now that the Knicks have the players to make a deal work with the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony, but with the Nuggets needing a first-round pick to come back, it has suddenly shifted the favored destination for Anthony away from New York.
It is extremely clear to any fan of the New York Knicks that the team simply isn’t trying hard enough to make something work right now. They need to be working hard at attaining a first-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, even if it isn’t a great one, so that they can then turn around and make the best offer to the Nuggets. The Bulls already stated they are not giving up Joakim Noah, meaning that a package of Danilo Gallinari, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry, and a 2011 NBA Draft pick in the first round would get a deal done. This is of course contingent on Denver actually pulling the trigger, and whether they ever really intended to.
Both the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets feel that they have a strong shot to sign Anthony as a free agent at the end of the 2010-11 season, and maybe that is why neither franchise has really put their best foot forward to get a deal done. Recent rumors have involved Denver officially listening to offers for Anthony, but there is also a sentiment out there that Denver will ask for too much on purpose so that they can tell Anthony that a trade wasn’t possible. The Carmelo Anthony trade rumors don’t show any sign of slowing down, and as the opening day for some of the training camps approaches, time might be running out on Denver getting a good deal out of any of this.