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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: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 11:18 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Some of your guys ignorance makes me sick! those of you that are simply blaming melo for creating a dream team and tearing a city and team apart! 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? Don't point the finger at Melo because the way I see it is if he wants to win a championship in his NBA career thats going to be his best shot and he knows that thanks to those before him that have left their teams to form all star teams.  It all makes sense to me. Do I like the fact that the NBA will soon have 6-8 Teams totally stacked? No I dont but there is not much of a choice now.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2011 9:00 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

edwings 1969- Your writing your opinion as if the Nuggets dont want to win. Of course if they cant sign him they will want good Players in return. They aren't going to be the losers in this just to have Melo lose money . They have to get something for him. The GM cant just let a Superstar leave and get nothing in return. I am a Knicks Fan and I want the trade. I am also a STL Cards Fan and I am sweating out the whole Pujols thing and like the Nuggets if he is going I would want very good players in Return. For STL that ship has sailed . They have to sign him

They aren't going to get squat for him now.  You're assuming something is better than nothing, but if it really has to be the Knicks the Nuggets just might choose nothing. 

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....

Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:53 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

It figures Carmelo can put the screws to an organization that was very good to him and leave them with nothing. On the other hand the Nuggets had a chance to pull off the trade before New Jersey pulled out and decided to ask way to much and have now blowen that chance. In the mean time Nugget fans get screwed big time!

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:14 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

In the many comments made about the Nets situaton, the one constant was that they would require an extension to make the trade. Why would the Nets want a rent-a-player?

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:27 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Actually you're not too bright, idiot.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:23 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

I agree with Jimf13 .... Sorry Denver, but you honestly are about to lose "the franchise" for next to nothing.  I still think, with what they have, that they can be a borderline playoff team when healthy, maybe a sure 7-8 .....

Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:21 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

i have to agree i don't see why players can't stay with the team that  drafted them. But partly because i like the knicks i have no problem with what carmello is doing because in order to win a nba championship there must be at least 2 good players on the team. If melo does go to the knicks the knicks will be closer to winning a nba championship team because they have some decent role players in dougles,chandler, gallinari and fields. If williams and mosgov keep develeping they'll have a team to fear with a core of amare, melo and felton. 

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:03 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

I'm growing weary of these self-serving stars in the NBA collaborating with each other in the off-season to work out scenarios so they can play on the same team and then forcing the issue.  Unfortunately, it seems like a trend we are likely to see more and more of in the future.  I guess they're entitled as a free agent in the off-season to sign with whoever they want, but I don't think you'd see Magic, Bird, and Doc collaborating in a similar way, because they wanted to beat each other on the court as opponents.  It just seems a shame that Carmelo is going get his wish by going to his own dream team, and burning a team/city he has played on for years by not allowing them to receive proper compensation in return.  Pretty soon we are going to have two teams in the NBA that look like the east/west all-star game playing each other for the title.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:42 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Denver played this stupid. They held out thinking they would get a huge deal. They could have taken a solid first round pick and maybe another player from New Jersey  and Jersey would have taken Carmello without signing an extension.

Now they get next to nothing. And no more bargaining chips. Knicks have a royal flush.

Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:00 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Denver better take a good look at Cleveland and what happened to them with their failure to move Lebron!

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