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James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:29 pm
Posted by Royce Young

When things aren't getting done, that's when the boss takes over. And that's the case in New York as MSG chairman James Dolan has now involved himself in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks.

According to the New York Daily News, Dolan has direct negotiations with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke regarding Anthony.

"I would think that at this point everyone is looking to take credit if Carmelo comes to New York," a Knicks source tells the newspaper. 

Well that's an interesting way of putting it. So Dolan is just looking to create a little goodwill with fans? How can you blame him though with the repeated disasters that have happened under his regime.

Really, it's not a bad move by Dolan. General managers can hem and haw over players and picks all day long, but nothing is stopping the bosses from getting involved to get something done. So Dolan stepped right over Masai Ujiri's head and called up Kroenke to try and advance the talks. We all know Melo wants to be in New York so Dolan is trying to find out what it'll take to make that happen.

One thing the report mentions that is certainly interesting is that Dolan still talks with Isiah Thomas to which the Daily News speculates that this could mean Thomas is advising Dolan on the Melo talks. Thomas has a good relationship with William Wesley who works for CAA. Carmelo is represented by Leon Rose, who is also part of CAA.

As Ken Berger first reported,
there is a deal on the table between the Wolves, Knicks and Nuggets that would send Anthony to New York. However, that deal isn't really all that close to happening, according to multiple outlets.

The Lakers have reportedly made inquiries about Anthony and have offered Andrew Bynum straight up for the Denver swingman. To me, that reeks of a Denver leak trying to up the ante for the Knicks. The Nuggets are trying to increase leverage there, no doubt.

The problem with the current deal is that the Nuggets aren't getting near what they had in the previous Nets deal that fell through. Right now, the biggest piece other than Minnesota's first round pick is Wilson Chandler from the Knicks. And as the Daily News reports, Chandler isn't totally healed from a repaired left ankle.

So even if the Nuggets like Chandler, this issue with his ankle could be a hangup in getting a deal done. Chandler is a restricted free agent this summer (if he gets a qualifying offer, which he will), but his ankle situation could affect his offers too.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:24 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

With the Lakers showing interest, it looks like the Knicks might start jumping through hoops to get this done. Lakers make the situation much less of a done deal for the Knicks so if the Knicks want it they have to get it done. Even as a FA the Lakers could make a play for Melo.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:17 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

Dolan is a moron. He's rich because his daddy is. He's the charter member of the lucky sperm club. Other members are Jeff Wilpon and Hal and Hank Steinbrenner.

Let Donnie do his job. The only smart move you've made as owner of either the Rangers or Knicks is hire him. My guess is David Stern strongly urged you to do so and you relented. The Isiah fiasco made you look even dumber, if that is indeed possible. Glen Sather has been mailing it in for years.

Anthony wants to be a Knick and he will if the owner lets his GM do his job. If not, he'll give away a player like Fields or Gallinari which would truly be unnecessary. Losing Chandler isn't that bad. Wilson has some talent, but has injury woes and major holes in his game.

Btw, has anyone ever seen Dolan and Ken Berger in the same room? Hmmm...

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:58 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

Dear Mr.Dolan, whatever you do, DO NOT listen or even entertaint anything that Isiah Thomas tells you and advice you to do. Walsh is your GM and not Isiah. Please please please, distant yourself from the clueless Isiah Thomas if you ever want your team to succeed.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:56 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

The T-Wolf pick is going to be either a highly protected Jazz or Grizz pick, or their own highly protected 2014 pick.  And the Wolves don't seem eager to trade even that much on the hopes Randolph can realize his potential.
For those New Yorkers, I lived there for a few years and had a blast, but Carmelo has maybe another 10 years to make income in his profession and 20 million is a fortune.  He won't get nearly as much money as an FA under the new collective agreement as he can get now and nobody loves New York enough to skip on 20 million dollars.    At least I hope not as they'd be pretty dense. 
AS long as the Knicks basically offer nothing of value, the Nuggets may as well just wait out the season.  They will be winding up with the same cap space either way (based on the proposed Knick deal vs losing Melo as a FA).  The Wolf-pick hardly seems worth it.  Walsh doesn't seem to care about having Melo, so maybe he will get his wish

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:41 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

fat rich white boy just CAN'T help I really supposed to believe the Isiah Thomas reports are true? I mean seriously?

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:38 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

 - Melo can sign a max deal with the Knicks this summer under the framework of the new CBA. Whatever that max deal's value and annual salary might be, it certainly won't be close to $68 million for three years.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:34 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

Perfect. He hasn't done anything stupid in way too long. Might as well find a way to mess the trade talks up.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:25 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

Let Donnie Walsh do his job.

James Dolan getting involved at this stage is ridiculous. Sit down, stick a sock in it and allow the GM YOU HIRED to do his job. If Donnie Walsh needs to explain his reasoning to the Owner in private, then so be it. As the Owner, Dolan has that right. But to listen to anything Isiah Thomas has to say OVER your GM, Donnie Walsh is just pure stupidity.

Donnie Walsh had a plan to bite the bullet and get the over paid, under achieving Knicks roster way under the cap in preparation for the LeBron James sweepstakes. Donnie Walsh decided to bring in Mike D'Antoni's player friendly and fast paced system, which is at the very least, unique and fun to watch. Donnie Walsh had the Knicks positioned to sign LeBron, but LeBron CHOSE to go somewhere else. Donnie Walsh's Plan B, Amare Stoudamire, has been tremendous; despite Media criticism immediately following the signing, over Amare's rebounding and defense. Media was wrong. Walsh was right. Donnie Walsh also brought in Raymond Felton under the radar. Not as much publicity on that deal, but Felton has been a huge addition for this Knicks club. Donnie Walsh drafted Danilo Gallinari who seems like a promising young talent and this year STOLE Landry Fields in round two!  Walsh even made the right decision on who he kept in Wilson Chandler. That may have been dumb luck, but Walsh cleared the way for Chandler to get serious playing time.

The only unpopular decision was deciding to let David Lee go. In actuality, Walsh had little choice if he wanted to reshape his roster. If he gave David Lee a big contract, that's less money for the possibility of adding Carmelo Anthony. And Donnie Walsh correctly determined that Lee's impressive stats were at least in part, a product of D'Antoni's system.

Donnie Walsh has done an A+ job for the New York Knicks. He's brought respectability back to the franchise. James Dolan can take a bow for picking the right guy to GM this team after Isiah Thomas.

If Walsh wants to keep his assets and wait for the off season to sign Carmello Anthony, then let him wait. If it backfires, like with LeBron, then whatever Donnie Walsh has in mind for his next Plan B, that is all right with me.

Step aside, and let the magic happen James Dolan. Donnie Walsh is on a roll!

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:24 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

Dolan needs to stay as far away from this team as possible for anything positive to happen.

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:19 pm

James Dolan stepping in to get Melo deal done?

lousy pick? i didnt realize a potential 1st overall pick was lousy. The nuggets are rebuilding they want young players and picks. And how can the knicks push melo away? The nuggets are in a corner, its pretty much the knicks or nobody at this point since the lakers declined the trade. I guarentee the nuggets wont let him walk and miss the opportunity to get a first round pick from the second worse team in the NBA as well as wilson chandler who is 23 and is getting better every year if they want to resign him and if not they can have gallinari since 75% of the people in ny would rather see him go instead of chandler. And if you havent been following the nets have been out of the picture for weeks, the nuggets and melo f'd that up. You must have just read about the "melo drama" for the first time today because nothing you said makes sense. Why would walsh not want melo? Why has he been dumping contracts for the last few years to push a top 5 nba player away from the knicks so he can get a center? It was never a question of whether to get a center or melo. Unless that center happened to be dwight howard it would have no effect on whether melo is coming to NY. 

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