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Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:45 am
Posted by Royce Young
The Knicks had their eye on the summer of 2010 for a few years. It was their chance to return to glory by shelling out big money to big name free agents. In the end, only one signed and New York was left waiting for the next shot at a star.

Well, signs might be pointing to a certain Denver Nuggets stud leaning towards New York. Besides Ken Berger's report that Carmelo Anthony wants to play in the Big Apple, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post says there are some serious smoke signals that 'Melo prefers New York.
These are some of the dots: He's selling his Littleton estate; the constant reports of Anthony telling friends that he wants to play for the New York Knicks; his New York wedding; his East Coast upbringing; summer trade talk that has cropped up twice in his time in Denver, which hasn't always made him feel wanted; oh, and not signing a contract that averages around $21.6 million per year for the next three years, a sizable amount of money that he may not be able to earn with a new collective bargaining agreement.

Anthony has connected some dots of his own. Even if he was completely happy with the Nuggets now, in three years he may look around at a team that is a shell of the one that reached the Western Conference finals in 2009. It could be young and inexperienced. It could be filled with mediocre talent. His NBA biological clock would be ticking loudly because he would be in his 10th season. There's no way he wants to start over 10 seasons into his career.

It's definitely to the point for Anthony that it's not just wild speculation. The interest appears to be real and even with a $65 million extension on the table from Denver, Anthony has said he's taking his time and also envoked the "do what's best for me and my family" clause.

On the other hand, Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups is hopeful Anthony will stay in the Rockies. "I'm 100 percent hopeful," Billups told the New York Post . "It's between me and my guy. If y'all have a close personal friend and they're going through something and the media asks, you're not going to expose that. Y'all find out when he wants y'all to know."

No doubt Carmelo Anthony's free agency will likely be the major drama of next offseason. And much like New York's courtship of LeBron, there's some serious flirtation going on from both sides. But just The King's decision, we'll likely just have to wait until next year to get the final answer.

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:54 am

Wouldn't Orlando be a better option to win rings?

I see that New York Knicks could use Carmelo to bring back their glory days, but it is still under development, and now that the Heats are juiced up, his more ideal decision would be the Magics. Orlando Magics have experience, making good run last season, and made it to the final the season before. The Magics were capable of taking out the Cavaliers with Lebron and Ilgauskas. He would be a good fit for them, with Dwight Howard. Now the follwing year, if Chris Paul would reconsider and go for the championship rings, then he, Carmelo, and Howard can form their own big three to match the East team Heats and Celtics. This should be consider an option for both Carmelo and Paul, both are young and Dwight Howard is young too. Sure, you guys are making a lot of money, but you cannot complete your career without atleast one championship ring, which is pretty the other 50% of the goal when you enter pro sport, to become a champion.

So in my opinion (my opinion), if you want to win NOW, the Magics should be consider as an option. The Nuggets are capable of winning it all too, you're better off staying in the Nuggets over the Knicks.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2010 12:41 am

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

This is not a surprise. I think several commentators brought this up a few weeks ago. Melo is going for the money, not necessarily for a chance for the big $, especially since his movement will come when things get ugly with the NBA and the owners.  The core question is how will the lockdown affect this situation...and I'm going to err on the side of the lockdown.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:44 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

Even if the knicks get melo there roster is way to weak to contend with the likes of heat, celtics, magic, and bulls. They need to get some better support players to go along with them

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 11:31 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

HA! the heat have a better chance of getting melo than the knicks...

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:08 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

Wow an actual basketball fan, thank you for your insightfulness. They'll have to give up something though. Not much being as Melo will just leave anyway, but probobly Chandler and anyone besides Gallo and my boy Rautnis(Cuse Cuse Cus). Knicks are a special team, and they'll break the Ewing trade curse. What we need is Melo, a real coach, Hakim Warrick, Johny Flynn, Donte Greene, and Wes Johnson. I'd even take Etan too.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:03 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

I don't care if the Nets moved to ground zero, their the Nets, not the Knicks. The red-headed step child of anything that matters. The Nets, hahaha.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:59 pm

Trade 'Melo now

The Nuggets should trade 'Melo now and get the most they can in return.

The Knicks might not offer the best trade value.

A team that wants to win in 2011 might be the best trade partner.  They might offer the Nuggets the most bang for the buck in cash and draft picks, and maybe even a young player.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:59 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

Yea, & Lebron holding "The Decision" in Greenwich meant the same thing...The Knicks do this with everyone, every big free agent is supposedly gonna end up in New York.  Melo wants to win a championship, so he won't go to a team with 9 (going on 10) straight losing seasons that hasn't won a playoff game since 2000.  I think that the Knicks are in the mix with 2 other teams, the Nuggets and the Nets: The Nuggets easily have the most talent of the 3, but they are the oldest of the 3 teams.  The Nets have the best young pieces and potential of the three, & they are moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2 seasons. I think there is a chance that Melo will be a Knick next year, but a player of his caliber has too many other options to choose the worst NBA team this decade (the Knicks).  However, it is too early to be seeing signs, & with the Knicks recent history of hyping up all these big free agent signings with 1 success (who's injury history suggests that he won't fulfill his expectations), it seems unlikely that Melo will be a Knick anytime soon.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:58 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

No no no, don't even say Lee is a better defeneder. They both suck honestly. I hate that my team is turning into the NY Suns. We shoulda hired Avery Johnson or brought back Vangundy. It wasn't all Isiahs fault either. He brought in a lot of talent, they just didn't buy into the system. Look at some of those players now. Crawford would be an all star if it werent for Joe Johnson, and Zebo is doing work. He paid too much for Jefferies but he knew how valuble he is. Matt Barns. If you want to blame anyone blame Dolan for that trade 6 years ago. Were still without draft picks because of that Marbury trade. Trading Ewing cursed us, McDyess breaks his leg. If Isiah had one more year and kept Larry Brown that team woulda produced.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:50 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

   You wish you were a New Yorker. All we do is win win win, even when we don't. I drove through Indiana once, longest three hours of my life. Reggie and Chris Mullin were as good as it gets for you. Enjoy the Colts while you can. I'm sure one of our three teams will soon overtake them too. Once the Knicks are back we will never fall off again. Don't forget about the Orange. Syracuse is one of the greatest basketball cities in the country. Indiana used to be basketball country, now its just set aside for mass corn production. Midwest is almost as worthless as the entire south. I lived in Tulsa for a while so I know this. We all know where Melo wants to be.


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