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Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:50 pm
Leon Rose, agent for Carmelo Anthony, is reportedly telling teams his client will only sign a contract extension with the New York Knicks. Posted bycarmelo-anthony Ben Golliver.

It's been a slow week or two in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, which is unusual as the clock is ticking down pretty quickly to the trade deadline, which is now less than three weeks away. Why the slowdown? The most obvious explanation: Anthony only wants to be traded to the Knicks and the Knicks are smart enough to wait until this offseason rather than trading for him.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, is indeed telling NBA teams that Anthony has his eyes set on the Big Apple.
Several sources told Yahoo! Sports that Carmelo Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has recently begun informing teams that the All-Star forward is interested in signing a contract extension with only the New York Knicks. The stance has weakened the Denver Nuggets’ leverage in trying to deal Anthony, not only to other teams, but also the Knicks.
The sources said the Knicks don’t feel pressed to present a substantial trade offer to the Nuggets because they think they can also sign Anthony after the season if he opts out of his contract, as expected. “If you’re New York, you just sit and wait until the offseason,” one general manager said. “That’s where it’s likely to go. Why give up assets to get him now when you can wait and get him next season?”
Said another source: “If ’Melo is telling the world he wants to go [to New York], why fight so hard to get him? [Knicks president] Donnie Walsh knows this.”
This report falls into a well-established narrative that dates back to December, when's Ken Berger reported on Melo's Knicks-or-bust stance, a position that was reiterated by his sources in January as well. Of course, Anthony also called playing in his hometown his "ultimate dream" in a January interview too.

So how would Anthony get to the Knicks via trade prior to the deadline? It would take some help, as it's accepted as fact at this point that Denver Nuggets management is not enthralled with New York's available trade pierces.

On Friday, Berger reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team loaded with tons and tons of free cap space, may have emerged as a potential facilitator for a trade between the Denver Nuggets and Knicks.
While the Nuggets realize they will have to seriously engage the Knicks in trade talks for Anthony before the Feb. 24 deadline, a third team already has stepped into the on-deck circle as a potential facilitator if talks between Denver and New York ever gain traction. That team, sources say, is the Timberwolves, who are willing to absorb Eddy Curry's $11.3 million expiring contract in a three-team scenario that would send Anthony Randolph to Minnesota and Anthony to New York. In this scenario, which one executive involved deemed "unlikely," the Wolves would simply waive Curry after the trade. Depending on the timing, Curry would likely have only five paychecks remaining for a total of $4.7 million. So taking on Curry would involve little or no cost to Minnesota; if the Wolves could negotiate a $3 million buyout covering the remainder of Curry's salary, that tab would be fully picked up by the Knicks, who could send as much as $3 million cash to Minnesota in the trade. But Curry's $11.3 million cap number would help make the complicated trade math work in a three-team deal. The Nuggets aren't interested in Curry's expiring contract, sources say, and the only other team with enough cap space to take it on without sending back equal salary is Sacramento -- which has yet to be invited into any Knicks-Nuggets discussions. If the Knicks and Nuggets aren't going to do business before the deadline, perhaps leaving Anthony in free-agent limbo heading into a new collective bargaining agreement, then Minnesota would still be interested in Randolph -- and would be willing to give up a low first-round pick and absorb Roger Mason ($1.4 million) into their cap space in a one-on-one deal.
The ball is squarely in Denver's court. Their choices: re-assess what New York has to offer and accept the discount, pray that the New Jersey Nets execute an about-face and re-enter trade talks, sell Melo for pennies on the dollar to a contender that doesn't require an extension to pull a trade, or hold onto him and watch him walk away for nothing in free agency this summer. All things considered: putting something together with the Knicks still seems like the best, most realistic option.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:39 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Seriously? Melo's fault? right, because he is the one that started the Miami's big three right? and the Boston Celtics big 4? yeah melo created those dream teams so he has to join one now to win right? What choice does he really have at this point in the game if he wants to win a championship?

No. He didn't create anything. But the you wanna know what's funny about all of this crazy talk and Melo hype?  He's not as good as any of Bostons's big 4, Lebron destroys him and Wade is a much better players as well.  The only one left is Bosh who he's no better then equal to.

It's too funny.  Carmelo Anthony isn't even close to a top 10 player in the NBA..... yet for some reason everybody is talking about him like he's this unbelievable player..... 

Carmelo Anthony is an excellent player... at times he's an allstar but at others only an allstar because he's so popular.....  that all being said, there are probably 15 or 20 players in the NBA i'd rather have then him.....

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:25 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Welcome to the Mecca Melo. MSG can't wait for you to arrive. You Stot, Felt and Galo will bring winning b-ball back to NYC for many years to come. Lebron better get ready for many big playoff wars to come..

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:40 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Denver's GM put a rpoe around the organizations neck and kicked the chair out when he got greedy eith the Nets. The trade most likely would've went through and the Nets would've made their pitch to Anthony while he played there. Instead he tried to bilk the Nets even more than he was already getting and instantly turn his francise into competitors. If the end up giving Anthony away the guy should be automatically fired.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 6:20 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

The ONLY option for Denver that is available now is to trade to a team hoping to get 30 games and a championship run out of it. Regardless, it won't be the Knicks. Nobody, when you think about it, is going to give up their team assets to get a guy, when you can get the guy at the end of the year and still have those assets. Curry's contract IS the Melo deal. That's one heck of a contract trade-off.

The question is, which playoff contending team has something to offer that would not hurt their chances of a run. Just for example, Dallas gives up Haywood, Barrera, a 1st or whatever, to rent Melo for the rest of the season. The only way to keep him is to win that championship. The Nuggets are playoff bound, which is why I find it hard to believe there will be a move like this. Nobody gains anything trying to help Denver out, other than a run. They get him for the remainder of the season and then they are without him after they fail in the playoffs, which will happen, no matter the destination. The positive is that when he opts out, that money will be off the books for that contending team.

I'm Donnie Walsh, I enjoy the moves of last offseason, see how deep these current Knicks can go in the East, and when the season is over, bye bye Eddie Curry 11.2 mil, Kelenna Az 3.3 mil,  Roger Mason 1.4 mil and Shawne Williams 885k for a total of...16.75 million available.......

Regardless of the CBA, a substantial amount of money is falling off the books this offseason as well. I believe Carmelo signs for less anyways. Endorsements will take care of the rest. I'm not a Knicks fan by any stretch of the imagination, but you'd have to be pretty silly not to see that the Knicks are going ... Hello Melo!

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 4:57 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

As for Pujols,  you've already been told  by the man himself that you aren't allowed to trade him and get anything in return that way.   The cards will eiher pay him 300 million for 10 years or he's leaving and the cards get draft picks as compensation, that's it.

He's a 10-5 player and can't be traded....

Thanks for the response Redwings 1969 but as you can see in my Post I said that Ship has sailed. The Cardninals blew it by waitting too long to make a deal. Now its sign him or get nothing. That is my point to you with Melo. If they wait like Cardinals did they also will get nothing in return for a Superstar. I hope they take discounted offer from Knicks and then all Knick Fans can watch us go far in Playoffs !

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:53 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

CBSsports is a travesty. Everyday with a carmelo story. ABSURD. this guy said he -only want to play for Ny- LITERALLY carmelo said this, in a interview about 4 months ago!!!!!!!! wtf is with all the made-up, bs,  stories!!!??

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:40 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

The Nuggets NEVER had any leverage. Should have taken a deal about two months ago. Try to strong arm and now you won't get squat. Someone didn't learn from last years Cleveland fiasco. I don't feel sorry for Denver's organization one bit. It's business and their bluff was called. The fans are the ones who get to pay with a mediocre team and lottery after next season.

As far as "stacking" teams. Owners have the luxury of doing that. If you are a fan of a team that has a guy that won't match dollar for dollar to keep up with the Jones', who the hell are you to complain about the teams that have owners that will. Usually those complaining are the ones that know their ownership will not overextend themselves, and thus demand other teams to run their organizations the same way. All of this has nothing to do with the players. This is an owners business. The stock has fallen in Denver, and NY knows it.

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:32 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

  Oh yea; goin to the Knicks next week with the Timberwolves getting involved.  What a freak trading system the NBA has.  When the NFL does their new CBA this should be a model of how NOT to do things.  I don't watch much pro basketball and can't really say I like one team in particular; but it will be nice to see the Knicks competitive again with Melo back in NY.  Hopefully beat up on the Heat.  Just heard it was coming next week.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:39 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

please put your hands together for!!!!!...i work 4 blocks from msg....if anthony were to come play with the knicks,  the place would be rockin more than it is now!!! feelin good about ..this offseason!!!

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:30 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

BEING A knicks fan if MELO signs with the KNICKS I will be looking forward to next season with high hopes when was the last time knicks fans could say that.

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