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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: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:16 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Letting him just leave is a great idea? why dont you tell the Cavs that, oh by the way they have lost 23 straight and are 8-42, such a good idea to get nothing in return. You should be an NBA owner

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:04 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Even if the Knicks get Melo there no better than 4th in the East. Gawd this whole Melo saga is a drag, Denver fans deserve better.

Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:03 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

and you honestly think anyone would be ok with losing out on 18 million dollars??? There is a reason Melo is ok with leaving Denver and their contract extension. If you have never been to New York City than you wouldn't understand. The equation is simple when playing in New York City (best/biggest city in the country) your on more ads which mean more endorsements. More endorsements means more money. And yes, it would be enough to make up for a measley 20 million dollars. Everybody else not from New York doesnt even realize the kind of attention Knicks players get simply for being a New York team. They told Lebron that if he went there they would make him a billionaire so trust me if your a Knick, especially Carmelo Anthony, money is the least of your concerns. If anything, not taking a chance to play for the Knicks would be saying you don't care about money. That's why Melo is walking out of Denver with a smile on his face!!! Whether its this season of the off-season.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:01 pm

LA Lakers, here is your chance at Ring #3!

If all that is reported above is true, then the Lakers should jump squarely into the "rental player" mix and make an offer.  They have been lacking chemistry and adding a third scoring option to Bryant and Gasol would make it a lot easier to secure that three-peat that the Lakers have been dreaming of.   If Melo can bring a championship to LA, who cares if he walks at the end?  Phil Jackson will be leaving and given the declining state the team is in presently, I can't see another solid championship run in them beyond this season.  Go for the gold while you can, since there is no telling when LA will have another chance at it after this season.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 3:54 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Redwings 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

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2011 3:45 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

mmmm Let me see dallas or NY, Do you see how dallas is handling the superbowl. This is the mother of all games. And they are screwing up somthing that cant be screwed up. You really think that his wife lal la would go from ny to dallas. You are crazy dude. You really think that there are more endorsment deals in dallas than in New York. You are giving dallas way too much credit. Cuban is a business man and i would bet you that he would rather own the knicks than the mavericks. You see the knicks. After losing for the last 10-15 years the knicks still have the highest valued franchise. How does that happen. beating out the lakers who have like what 7 rings in the last 15 years. Cause it is new york. The city that never sleeps. I would not make the deal. I would wait. If we wait we will still keep all this young talent and then add a major piece to the puzzle carmelo anthony. Or i would give them nothing but randolph and chandler. He will be in New York either this year or next. 

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 3:22 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Make the Trade already. Why thro away this Year. The Knicks are almost at 500 with this Team. Only one Great player on Knicks and Felton should be untouchable. Enough whatever it takes Randolph-Fields-(Gallarni or Chandler) who Cares. The lineup would be very very go with Melo. Do it now . Dont take a chance of somebody putting more money into Mels's wallet and then that is that. Control what is in your control. Do it NOW

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2011 3:20 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Chicago doesn't want to mess up chemistry....Lakers wouldn't ruin what they potentially have going for a third ring......N.Y. is his destination....

Whether that's the case or not, if I was the Nuggets I wouldn't trade him unless I got tremendous value in return.  I'd let Melo play out the rest of the year and let him lose probably 30 percent of what he would get if he signed an extension today.  Considering the extension was going to be around 60 plus million for 3 seasons, if the players take a 30 percent cut that amounts to about an 18 million dollar loss for Carmelo Anthony.  In one breath he says money isn't everything and in the same sentence he said he'd be lying if he said he was ok with losing out on 20 million dollars....  I'd make him lose it....  No way in hell if I was the Nuggets GM I would let him dictate where he goes in a trade and limit my return .... not a chance ....  getting nothing and letting his expiring contract run out makes more sense....

Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 2:41 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

"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."

LMAO...."trade pierces " ??????????


Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 2:22 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Donnie Walsh should know better then to stand on the sidelines with this one, even though Mark Cuban said he is willing to rent Melo you best believe that he will pull out all stops to keep him in Dallas beyond that, im talking money, endorsements, and probably something that would beneficial to Melo's wife La La. Cuban is too much of a business man to let that kind of player come and go!!! Make the Deal Walsh.

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