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.