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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: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 5:20 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

Melo and Chris Paul will be a Knick next year bank it.  Everyone is in the "form an alliance to win a championship" only way for teams to win now is stack and New York with all of its money will be following the trend.  This definitely hurts smaller markets.

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2010 5:09 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

we aint getting eliminated this is our year

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 5:09 pm

Signs are pointing to the NBA being fixed

if chris paul goes there too, "the league" will be nothing more than the wwe redux.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:36 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

So he's taking his talents to the Big Apple?

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:34 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

Please don't compare Brooklyn NY to playing at the Garden in NYC.  Playing Basketball in Brooklyn is like playing baseball in Pittsburgh, PA - no offense - but no great player is going to the Nets in Brooklyn NY.

As a Brooklyn born New Yorker I attnded many Knick games in the 60's and early 70's.  When the Knicks have a contending team there is no basketball arena like the Garden.  The noise level and fan support are A1.  The rafters shake, although they may fix that with the Garden upgrade.

The reason not to go to the Knicks is James Dolan - what a poor excuse for an owner.  I'm not sure how he thinks or why he doesn't sell the team.

So we'll see if Melo signs his extension or goes free agent next year - if he does go free agent he's going nowhere else then to the Big Apple.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:23 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

I think this is far more realisic than LeBron situtation.  I never, and I think most realistic people never thought LeBron would be a Knick.  A lot of wishful thinking.  The Knicks will have the money, Mello is from the NYC area, he hasn't signed an extension and his house is for sale.  It's not proof and nothing is gurarenteed, but it seems very possible to me that this could happen.  NYC will embrace him and a lot of fans remember his days playing for 'Cuse.

As for the Nets moving to Brooklyn..they've been saying this is going to happen for YEARS.  It's been "two years away from happening" for like the past 6 or 7 years.  Only place they are moving to is from East Rutherford to Newark to play at the Prudential Center with the Devils, which is an improvement from the Izod center.  I won't believe the Brooklyn rumors anymore, until I actually see them play a game there.

Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:12 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York


terrific post.  The "hahahaha"s really give the reader the illusion of laughter.  Plus there were a few major insights in your piece that were not included in the story, which really added to the value in your post.  Bless you meclean, and may you continue to enrich us all with your wit and humor, as well as your cutting-edge insightfulness.   You are like Jason Whitlock and Joe Posnanski rolled into one, with a touch of Shakespeare mixed in for good measure.  Especially your use of the phrase "on which ti".  Well done!

Great post. I think you vented the feelings of many here.

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2010 4:05 pm

Summer of 2010 wasn't disgusting enough?

This summer's free agent fiasco brought on by the media wasn't disgusting enough? You guys couldn't even wait for the first tip of the season before you start the summer of 2011 free agent circus?

I wonder if Melo already has his one hour ESPN soapbox booked?

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 3:54 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

You had me reading until you said David Lee and defense in the same sentance. Obviously, you have never watched a Knicks game.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2010 3:38 pm

Signs are pointing to 'Melo heading to New York

Look I am not a Nuggets fan nor a Knicks fan, but the foundation and nucleus in Denver is much better then the foundation and nucleus in New York, that is very clear!

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