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MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

Posted on: October 20, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 12:28 pm
Melo talks swinging towards New York, away from New Jersey. Posted by Matt Moore

So the season starts in a week, and Melo is still a Nugget. Will he stay there?

After our own Ken Berger reported last week that the Nuggets remain intent on moving him, there's word picking up that the Knicks may be getting back into the talks. Chris Sheridan reports that the Knicks are trying to work out a deal to move either Danilo Gallinari or Anthony Randolph to acquire a player that the Nuggets have more of an interest in. It's a curious report, in that you'd think that either A. Denver would be satisfied with a young forward with either shooting prowess or considerable athleticism, or if they did want one of those moved for an asset, it would be a draft pick they'd be shopping for. 

New York's pick this season was held by Utah due to the last of Isiah Thomas' genius maneuvers. In trying to clear space to bring in one of the Big 3 free agents, the Knicks obtained Tracy McGrady's expring contract from Houston. In return, they had to agree to a pick swap this year and to give Houston its 2012 pick as well. Teams are restricted from trading consecutive first rounders. 

If the Nuggets move Anthony, they'll be in a rebuilding mode. And while acquiring good players is good for the ticket sales, it's draft picks and movable assets that will help them get back into contention through a rebuilding process. 

It's still hard to see a scenario in which the Knicks can get back into this thing, unless the Nuggets are beginning to relent to Melo's pressure to move him, and move him where he wants. 

There are numerous reports that the Derrick Favors angle that would send Anthony to New Jersey is dead, based off of both the Nuggets and Nets backing off. Favors looked good in the second half against New York last night, after a dreadful preseason, so both sides have reasons to walk away from the deal. 

After seeing the Knicks in preseason, it would actually be kind of unfortunate to see Anthony wind up in New York at the cost of their young nucleus. Randolph and Gallinari provide a nice balance to each other's games, Stoudemire looks every bit the superstar they signed him to be, and Timofey Mozgov looks like a promising center prospect. Even Raymond Felton looked like the guard they need him to be for the first time last night. Adding Melo would give them a second superstar and a major scoring threat, but would also damage their flexibility and versatility, things which are important in Mike D'Antoni's system. 

We'll have to see if the Knicks feel they have to strike while the iron is hot or not. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2010 11:32 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

Despite the fact that Melo wants to go to NY, the Knicks don't have the talent to get him via trade.  Melo will be a Net by the trade deadline, since the Nuggets have to trade him before they end up like the Raptors & Cavs without Bosh & Lebron.  The Bulls won't trade Noah & the Nets are the only team with enough talent to get him.  The only hope for Melo to be a Knick is through free agency, which is unlikely

Since: Aug 14, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2010 6:55 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

I still want to know what do the Knicks have to trade besides journeyman garbage players without no draft picks. Denver wants picks and more than 1. This is nothing but the N.Y. media stirring up garbage rumors just to keep their name connected to lies. The Bulls would have the best deal cause they have young players more than 1 draft pick and could bring in a 3rd team to trade Deng to. Deng has a bad contract but other teams have been interested in Deng just this past summer. If Melo is smart... he will end up with the Bulls. The Knicks have ignorant owners that know nothing about building a championship team and Melo if he's smart will see that even if he goes to N.Y. and they happen to land CP3 or Tony Parker they still will not win a championship. This is a common sense decision for him and forget about him and his wife being from N.Y. he should be trying to contened for a championship and I'm sorry, but going to the Knicks will not win him a championship. THE BULLS SHOULD BE THE TEAM THAT HE WANTS TO GO TO... PERIOD!!!

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2010 6:29 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

LOL, typical Knick fan, you have a chance to get a top 5 player in the league, but instead you talk about how good your team is already. You get a chance at Durant, Lebron, Kobe or Melo, you make the damned move. I don't care if you give up half your team, these are the kind of guys you can build around. You can find another Gallinari or Randolph, a three point shooter and an undersized big man, oh my god that's irreplaceable!

How bout a guy who can create his own shot, can post up or shoot over you, who is unselfish and can rebound the ball. Not to mention is a proven winner and leader, taking an average team to the playoffs in the tough western conference. Melo plus Amare and you guys are back in the championship talks, end of discussion.

Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:55 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

Whofan74:  It will be mainly draft picks and cash I bet. 

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:53 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 4:21 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

And he played 28 of a possible 82 games the year before... this doesn't make him injury prone, but nor does it make him a budding super star either... he is a 3 points specialist (see Peja) who for his size won't be able to defend, rebound or do anything other then chuck up 3's... I'm a Hornets fan and I liked Peja... for a little bit... but it gets old real quick when the are so one dimensional...

Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:36 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

I'm drinking the Gallinari Kool-Aid. Injury prone? He played 81/82 games last year. He's much more than a 3 point specialist, take a look at his dunk on Hibbert, the game he and Melo went basket-for-basket and the Knicks won. And that was basically his rookie year. Plus, his 1st two seasons mirror Dirk's. Give the kid a chance.

Randolph hasn't impressed yet, but everyone, including the 'experts', rave about his potential. Current rumor has the Knicks shopping Toney Douglas or Chandler as well. That's too much to give up for Melo when we can get him for free at the end of the year.


/Mozgov are a great young nucleas, losing 3-4 of them would be a shame. If Melo really wants NY, he'll come next summer.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:32 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

Mr. Moore, "it would actually be kind of unfortunate to see Anthony wind up in New York at the cost of their young nucleus" Uh...This is Carmelo Anthony, you know, top 5 player in the league! Young nucleus? A streaky, injury prone, 3 pt specialist and an underweight underacheiever..  i think the Knicks get off easy here and best of all they get rid of the biggest cancer since Isiah in Curry.  Melo and Amaré, that may even activate Miami's radar.  Please stop drinking the Gallinari kool-aid.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2010 2:15 pm

MeloDrama Update: Knicks back in the act?

Intersting to think that Knicks could benefit from horrendous decisions that are blocking acquisition of Melo.  But that assumes that D'Antoni can't coach: because if you don't have two superstuds in the NBA, you can't play for a championship.

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