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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: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:30 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

It's starting to look like the Knicks are the only deal that might happen.  He doesn't seem willing to sign with anyone else, so nobody will make the trade.  

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:16 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

I was up for it in the summer/early fall; now, I'd rather get Iguodala cheaper (maybe keep Randolph), which I think will actually work out better for the team vis. chemistry and defense.  Melo is great in his way; but not enough air in the ball for him and Stud-mire.  The team will probably take a step or two back when Melo arrives, and might not get it together defensively ever thereafer.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2010 12:55 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

You do understand what New Jersey is said to give up is way more valuable than what New York is able to give up. That is why he is trying to get the first rounder. If there was no Market for Melo then I would agree with you but there is a huge market for him. New Jersey is giving up the farm for him. New York may have to do the same to get him. This isn't some scrub getting traded this is a premier player.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2010 12:40 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

I dont agree with you at all. The Nuggets know that they will be foolish to let Carmelo Anthony leave their organization, and enter free agency without receiving anything for the superstar. The Nuggets also know that Carmelo wants to play for the Knicks. That being said, they will rather take something, rather than nothing. You will see a deal with the Knicks very soon. Something like: This 1st round pick they will receive from the Rockets or another team; Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry's 20mill expiring contract and one other player. Once again, THE NUGGETS WILL NOT LET CARMELO GO TO FREE AGENCY AND NOT GAIN NOTHING FOR THE PLAYER.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2010 12:19 pm

Rockets, Knicks talking about Anthony Randolph

No team is trading for Melo unless he signs an extension...walsh shouldnt be cowtowing to the nuggets...if melo wants to come here,the nuggets will just have to accept what we give them!!!!

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