It's pretty clear that Carmelo Anthony wants to play in New York. And though there are solid deals to be drawn up to get him there, it might not be enough to satisfy the Nuggets.
The New York Daily News is reporting the Knicks might not have sufficient pieces to please Denver. "What do they have?" a Nuggets source told the Daily News. "That makes it tough."
There are reports that the Knicks' offer would include Eddy Curry's expiring contract, a future first-round pick and Danilo Gallinari. Though as the NYDN points out, Donnie Walsh would definitely try and insert Wilson Chandler in place of Gallinari in that deal. But it still might not be enough, especially when other teams can offer better options.
Right now, according all reports, 'Melo would sign with Houston, Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Orlando. All of those teams can put together packages comparable to what New York can, and likely can top it. That puts the Knicks in a tough position.
At the same time, you never know when these executives are just playing the game. The Nuggets are reportedly close to hiring a general manager with it possibly happening as soon as today, so Denver might just be trying to ramp up future offers for Anthony.And don't rule out the fact that the Nuggets new GM talks Anthony into staying put. With the growing probability of a lockout coming next summer, a three-year extension worth $65 million might look much more appealing.