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Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

Posted on: December 11, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: December 11, 2010 11:45 am
Posted by Royce Young

Anthony Randolph has always been considered one of the most unique, talented and gifted players in the league. And when he was traded to New York as part of the David Lee trade, the common thinking was he'd have a chance to break out some.

That hasn't totally happened yet, but Randolph may have another unique value to the Knicks. He may be the player that brings them Carmelo Anthony.

According to the New York Daily News, the Knicks have fielded several calls from different Western Conference teams regarding a trade for Randolph. One of those has been with the Houston Rockets, who would likely send back the first-round pick that the Knicks traded them in last season's Tracy McGrady deal.

Knicks president and general manager Donnie Walsh has said that he regrets giving away that pick and has been working to get a 2011 pick back. The Nuggets have made their wishes clear that a first-rounder needs to be included in a potential trade, something the Knicks don't currently have.

A couple months ago, there was news about the Knicks having a first-round pick trade available to them when they needed it. Maybe this was it.

Ken Berger's recent report that the Nuggets are now moving into trade mode with Anthony means teams will likely get a lot more serious to position themselves to get him. The Dec. 15 date is almost here when players that were acquired during the offseason can be moved (Randolph is one of those). And in Berger's report, it's clear the Nuggets will trade Anthony by the trade deadline if he's absolutely not going to sign an extension. Which he's not going to.

We've known that Carmelo wants to play in New York for a while, but the question is just whether or not the Knicks could put together an acceptable trade for him. Now, it looks like they're getting closer.

The question is, is Walsh going to have any hesitations with the team playing so well right now? Obviously a deal for Carmelo is a little bit down the line so the circumstances will likely be different. But with the Knicks having won 12 of 13, is Walsh willing to mess with what's working? I'm saying definitely yes, because all the Knicks have proven is that they're capable of beating average and bad teams, not the elite squads. The Knicks are headed in the right direction without Carmelo. So they probably feel like he might be the missing piece to something big sooner than later.

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 4:09 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

nice post

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2010 3:17 pm

Do people still watch the NBA?

Its a step above pro wrestling...

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 3:05 pm

Melo and the Knicks

One of the posters said that D'Antoni is pulling his usual crap and not playing younger players, which is a reason why Randolph isn't playing?  Really?  If that's the case, why is rookie Landry Fields starting?  Why was Mozgov, a rookie, starting?  Fields is starting because he produces.  Randolph is sitting because he doesn't.

I was more excited than most when I heard about Randolph and saw his youtube clips, then the season started.  Yes, he's shown flashes of brilliance, and I do believe he should be getting Mozgov's minutes since the Russian has decided he doesn't want to catch the ball anymore.  But the bottom line is that they've played better without Randolphs 3 turnovers in the 4 minutes that he plays.  For every one good thing he does on the court, he cancels it out with a bad thing which is unfortunate.

Depending on what they have to give up, I'd make the Melo trade.  Fields needs to stay. You need a young, glue guy that doesn't need the ball to contribute.  He's priceless.   Melo is better than both Chandler and Gallinari so either one of them can go (although we'd miss what Chandler brings on the defensive end).

The 1st round pick, Gallo or Chandler and Curry's contract for Melo?  Do it.  If after the trade the Knicks still have Fields and Gallo, I'd be happy.  I think Gallo would be a better complimentary player to STAT and Melo than Chandler would be.  I think Chandler'd play would drop off dramatically with Melo on the team whereas Gallinari's role would be more defined:  hit open jump shots and rebound. 

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2010 2:21 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

First off i have to say i'm really disapointed with the way this whole Randolph thing has turned out. I've been a big Anthony Randolph fan since the Knicks chose Danilo Gallinari over him in the '08 draft, which i must i say i was disapointed with at the time. It amazes me how such a talented big man can have so many problems fitting in with a new team. The kid has all the potential in the world, he has the handles of a guard, the athetic ability to be a great rebounder and shot blocker, can become a great pick and roll player in a system such as D'antoni's. I can't say it's all Ant-Rand's fault this season partly because D'antoni has been doing his usual crap with young players, claiming they'r enot ready to play and this and that; and to his defense Randolph hasn't been effective on the court, in fact, he's looked lost majority of the time. That still doesn't D'antoni an excuse for at least playing the kid 15 minutes a night, he needs to get experience somewhere, sometime to improve. Benchwarming for the likes of Shawne Williams, and Bill Walker isn't doing wonders for his confidence either.

It's definitely a shame he hasn't found a nitche with this club, i'd love to see him develop into the stud people have been raving about all these years. Trading him to Houston doesn't fit boldly with me either, i'm a little bitter we had to give up Jordan Hill AND a 1st rounder for T-Mac who's virtually done as a player. Trading Randolph to get that 1st rounder back is essentially like giving up Ant-Rand and Hill for McGrady which is just ludicrous. Don't get me wrong, i'd love Melo in New York but i always viewed Randolph as the main piece the Knicks would give up to acquire him, not a draft pick we would get for him surrounded by Gallinari (who i'm strongly AGAINST trading).

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2010 2:09 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph


Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2010 2:03 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

Many people here have hit the nail on the head.  Carmelo Anthony wants to play for the Knicks, for all of the Nuggets posturing I am pretty certain that behind closed doors Anthony has already said he will only sign the extension for the Knicks, so make some deal with them.  Otherwise trade me to some team for much less as a quick rental.  1st round pick, Gallinari and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry ain't bad when you compare it to jack squat. 

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:52 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

I agree with waynelee...Iguodala is a better,cheaper fit that will play better defense and allow amare' to still control the ball and continue going forward as the leader of this team...I'm not saying Melo isn't worth a nice package of players,just that if he refuses to sign with orlando,the nets or whoever...which will probably happen...the nuggets dont have a leg to stand on...the Knicks should just wait it out!!!

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:51 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

if this deal happens we might just get a pick and Jarred Jeffries back who is little used in Houston.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:40 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

It's pretty ignorant talk of people to say that Carmelo will go to a team that offers a better package than the Knicks. There are two simple factors: The Nuggets will not let Melo go for nothing. Melo won't sign an extensive and will need to sign an extension to be traded to another team. If Melo wanted to play in New Jersey or for the Clippers, the Nuggets would have already traded him. He wants to play for the Knicks. The Nets can have an aggressive owner promising Melo the world in Brooklyn. But nothing compares to The Garden. It is the Mecca of basketball steeped in a rich history and tradition. Melo has a ton of NY fans from his days at Syracuse and right now the Knicks are a better team than the Nets.

The only thing holding up Melo from becoming a Knick is the Knicks. The Knicks have great team chemistry and are getting plenty of solid secondary scoring from Chandler, Gallinari and Felton.

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:38 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

How can you take a step or two back when you add a top 5 player in the league with Melo. STAT and Melo will work great together, it's not like they play the same position or do the same thing on the court like LeBitch and D-Fade. And yes the Nets package might be better but if Melo doesn't agree to sign an extension with the Nets then there's no deal. Besides I really can't see him going there just to play with Lopez and wait to go to BK in two years.

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