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Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

Posted on: December 12, 2010 5:17 pm
 

NEW YORK -- The Carmelo Anthony saga took a bold step closer to a resolution Sunday, with a person familar with the three-time All-Star's strategy confirming to CBSSports.com that he will only accept a trade to the Knicks.

ESPNNewYork.com reported after the Knicks beat Anthony's Nuggets 129-125 that Anthony has told Denver officials that he will only sign a three-year, $65 million extension if he is traded to New York. Two people familiar with the Nuggets' internal discussions with Anthony disputed the part about Anthony having informed the Nuggets of his exclusive preference for a trade to the Knicks. But one of those people, who has direct knowledge of Anthony's position, confirmed to CBSSports.com that if Anthony is traded, the Knicks are the only potential suitor with whom he'd agree to re-sign.

Anthony sidestepped questions about his future Sunday after scoring 31 points in a losing effort against his hometown team. The Brooklyn-born Anthony has declined to sign the Nuggets' extension offer for months, though he told CBSSports,com Saturday that he informed team officials last week that he hasn't ruled out re-signing with the Nuggets, who drafted him in 2003.

Sources told CBSSports.com last week that Nuggets management has all but decided to trade Anthony if he does not signal his intentions to re-sign with them before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. With the information now public that Anthony will only accept a trade to the Knicks, the situation now appears poised to enter a final critical stage that will test the Nuggets' new management regime of GM Masai Ujiri and executive Josh Kroenke.

Anthony does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, but has a certain amount of leverage to dictate the outcome because the Nuggets would obtain far fewer assets from a team Anthony won't extend with. For example, the best straight-up offer for Anthony that Denver has received so far -- Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and two first-round picks -- has always been contingent on Anthony signing an extension to trigger the deal. Without having Melo under contract beyond this season, such an offer would be pulled off the table.

Enter the Knicks, whose assets and lack of quality first-round picks have not impressed the Nuggets' brass, according to sources. In fact, even if the Knicks were able to parlay Anthony Randolph into a first-round pick in a separate trade, sources tell CBSSports.com that it wouldn't make a difference from Denver's standpoint.

But if Anthony is successul in his effort to orchestrate a trade to the Knicks, the Nuggets would have no choice but to engage in discussions or risk losing Anthony as a free agent after the season, when he can opt out of his $18.5 million contract for the 2011-12 season.

Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:28 am
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

I guess your source was correct, because Melo only accepted the trade to the Knicks.

I think the best way to evaluate a trade of this stature is to determine if both teams improved themselves. In this case, I believe both teams improved. The Knicks were able to put Stoudemire, Anthony , and Billups on the same court, which now makes them a playoff team that could get deep into the playoffs, quite possibly to the eastern conf finals. The nuggets released a guy that no longer wanted to be there and added three young, yet very good players in Gallinari, Felton, and Chandler. Let's face it, even with Carmelo, they were a marginal playoff team. Now they can build fro mthe ground up and with a new look.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:31 am
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

This means that Melo will not be traded.  The Knicks simply don't have enough to trade the Nuggets to get Melo.



Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:38 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

Berger, you really need to stop reporting things for the hell of it.  You have said Melo will be traded about 10 times since August, everytime saying it will be the Nets or Knicks.  Write something that's actually worthwhile for once instead of speculating on everything.



Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:25 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

absolutely not



Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 7:14 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

ok obviously you know less than shit about trading. Why would any team trade for melo if he wont re-sign. knicks have no trading pieces? you obviously dont watch any knick games. so hows about u think before u type guy.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

Screw it, trade him to anybody and get something from a team making a run in the playoffs. It would be better than what the Knicks are going to be able to offer anyway, and Anthony can sign with the Knicks in the offseason when their front office knows that he has less to bargain with considering that he only wants to play for N.Y. I wouldn't just trade the guy where he wants to go because it's the only way to get anything in return. Quality not quantity. The Nuggets could probably get a better deal by trading him as a rent-a-player from somebody than from the morgaged to the hilt Knicks who have almost nothing to offer.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

man u just wish u was in his shoes. dont judge from the outside man.



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

The Nuggets should just try and hold onto Anthony and hope he has a change of mind. I am sick of these NBA stars choosing where they go. I guess making 20 million plus a year isn't enough for these greedy athletes they get to choose there team to.



Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

Listen, a few years back if Knick fans can remember  a great guard, who was a hometown product was a big bust.The Knicks on on a roll
why mess with the mix now.Besides the Knicks won't sell the shop for C.M.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Source: Melo will only accept trade to Knicks

Heritage08...no offense intended and i dont disagree with you...just pointing out that it also happened in other sports and the fact that he isn't waiting until the last minute to tell Denver that he's going home to play for the Knicks(a la lebron) gives them an opportunity to come away in much better shape than Cleveland was...which incidentally was the ONLY problem that i had with the lebron spectacle...there should should have been 2 decisions,the decision to leave cleveland should have been made shortly after he gave up in the playoffs...they didn't deserve to come away with nothing after giving in to his every whim for 7 years..atleast Melo is showing the proper respect to his current team!!!


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