That Carmelo Anthony trade to the New York Knicks appears to be on the table again, and it might be closer to becoming a reality than at any point in the past. With the NBA preseason well underway, and the first games of the season now less than a week from taking place, discussions of a trade have slipped off of most sports pages.
Now, according to Chris Sheridan at ESPN, suddenly the talks are heating up again, with the New York Knicks seemingly close to overcoming the obstacles that kept a trade from happening already.
The problem with a Nuggets-Knicks trade has always been that the Knicks weren’t willing to give up as many assets as the Nuggets wanted in return. Denver wanted two young players in return for Anthony, as well as a No. 1 draft pick, and someone else who could equal the salary that Anthony would make in 2010-11.
New York had only been willing to part with either Anthony Randolph or Danilo Gallinari, but now it seems that they are starting to consider parting with both players in order to get a deal done. That’s a big concession for the Knicks brass, and is why more attention is getting tossed on this trade.
To make a deal work, it would include a third team, one that would send the Nuggets a player they wanted more than Gallinari and Randolph, with one of those two going to the third team. The player not sent to that third team would then go to Denver, along with the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and a first-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. New York would only get Carmelo Anthony in such a trade, so they would probably need a guarantee that he would sign an extension with them.
This really seems like a best-case scenario trade for the Nuggets, who would be getting everything they want out of an Anthony trade. Their ideal situation would of course be to have Anthony re-sign with them, but because that isn’t going to happen, they may have to face the reality of losing him. As for the Knicks, they appear to be ready to almost gut the team in order to put Anthony on the same court as Amare Stoudemire, possibly with the hope of signing someone else “big” in the 2011 offseason.
The NBA season is about to begin, but that doesn’t mean we are done hearing about possible distractions when it comes to trade rumors. Whether a trade will happen in the next week is a big unknown at this time, but it is clear that the discussions are still ongoing, and nobody should be surprised at this point if the trade goes down.