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Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:24 am
Edited on: January 26, 2011 2:17 pm
 
The Carmelo Anthony trade talks have gone underground since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the plug on his team's pursuit of the three-time All-Star last week. But that doesn't mean they've stopped completely.

While Nuggets officials continue to weigh their options, a person familiar with the team's strategy told CBSSports.com Wednesday that there are indications Denver could be warming to the idea of trading Melo to the Knicks. One component of such a trade, the source said, would be Anthony Randolph, with Denver officials apparently coming around in their opinion about the 21-year-old big man.

Earlier in the process, Nuggets executives were not high on Randolph, viewing him as mistake-prone and too much of a project. But that was when the Nets had 2010 No. 3 pick Derrick Favors on the table as the centerpiece of a package that far exceeded what the Knicks could offer. With New Jersey out of the mix, at least for now, the Nuggets have begun to internally re-examine the Knicks' young players.

Randolph was thought to be heading to Minnesota in exchange for a first-round pick the Knicks would then be able to use to sweeten their bid for Anthony. However, those talks have stalled -- and among the reasons is the Nuggets' renewed interest in considering Randolph as at least a peripheral piece of a trade with New York. No final decisions have been made, and it appears more likely than ever that the Anthony talks will continue to evolve all the way to the Feb. 24 deadline.



Denver's dilemma is that they much preferred dealing with the Nets as opposed to the Knicks due to their affinity for Favors and New Jersey's ability to deliver the other two commodities the Nuggets want -- cost savings and lottery picks. But once Anthony balked at making a firm commitment to a meeting with Prokhorov and Nets management last week, the Knicks became the only team in the hunt for Melo that could give Denver young players in addition to cap relief. Teams like Houston (yes) and Dallas (maybe) that are positioned to acquire Anthony in a rental deal -- i.e. without a contract extension -- would only be willing to offer cap relief in such a scenario.

The Nuggets, according to sources, continue to believe that the Nets will come back to the table despite Prokhorov unequivocally ending his team's pursuit last week. This would be in the best interests of the Nuggets, who still want what New Jersey has to offer. It would be in the best interests of the Nets, who need a star to open their new Brooklyn arena in 2012, and also would aid Anthony's representatives at Creative Artists Agency, who would benefit from an expanded market for their client. Whether it would be in Anthony's best interests is an open question. Sources have long indicated Anthony's insistence on signing a contract extension via a trade only if he were sent to the Knicks, but he has repeatedly sent mixed messages both privately and publicly. Speaking with the Denver Post Tuesday, Anthony again expressed concern about the risk of losing out on the three-year, $65 million extension that has been on the table for months.

“There are a lot of things that come into play when you look at this situation," Anthony said. "The fact that they can send you wherever they want to. The fact that, wherever they send me, would I sign the extension there? It’s a lot of stuff I think about through all of this.”

Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:08 am
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

@urgirlwitmenow - You asked for a player and I gave you a player.  Regardless, you still have yet to prove to me that the Knicks would have to give up multiple first round picks for Marc Gasol.  Please just spare your "thoughts" on the matter and give me some shred of evidence that the Knicks would have to give up ANYTHING to get Gasol in free agency.  Like I've tried to make you understand, the Knicks simply have to sign Gasol to an offer sheet and the Grizzlies would have 7 days to match it or let him walk.  Why can't you just get this through your head?  Review the website below and maybe you will understand how things work a little better.

http://members.cox.net/lmcoon/salar

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And just for laughs I would like to disect one of your other naive comments.
Players like Gasol and Joe Johnson had 4 year contracts and they were drafted in the top 8 of the draft...
Joe Johson was drafted #10 overall by the Celtics.

Marc Gasol was drafted #48 overall by the Lakers.  (That's the 2nd round in case you didn't know.)

No one believes Mathews will be a 10 year starter why would Utah Match.
What does believing whether or not a player is a 10 year starter have to do with anything?  And apparantly Portland thought he was good enough to sign to that contract and its worked out pretty well for them.



Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:24 am
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Get a life Berger....



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

LMFAO...BERGERTALES!!!! That's great! Trademark that sh!t! They will always be referred to as that now. All those regurgitated stories. To add though, "Denver of trading Melo to the ", REALLY......WOW....that's such a stretch BURGER! Denver will fold eventually, as the deadline approaches. I doubt anyone EVER bought into Denver having leverage in ANY of these negotiations, even though they act like they can dictate. They are the ones that are going to lose something. They are the ones who NEED to make the move or get nothing. They'll cave to some offer. Those who were selling the farm were just silly to begin with. I would be shocked to see the Knicks to make any moves, knowing that they can get him at the end of the year. I'd just wait and let Denver rot. I know someone has told Melo to play out the year and the Knicks will pick him up in the offseason. No way I trade anything, knowing he'll come in July/August.



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Metzfan06: "I'm tired of the BERGERTALES. Give me something real please and stop wasting our time. 6 + months is enough."

Lmao @ BERGERTALES.



Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Haha I couldn't agree more, I was sick of it four months ago.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

@gopack Last I checked Wesley Mathews was coming of his rookie year...he was not signed to 4 year deal, and wasn't he undrafted.  how can you compare an undrafted player that holds no long term value, what money did Utah pay him for that one year? 400k?  why would they match? because he had one good year? Players like Gasol and Joe Johnson had 4 year contracts and they were drafted in the top 8 of the draft...teams pay those guy's up 20million that means they lose the 20 million they put in to the development. Wesley Mathews is a back up SG that's starting because Roy is injured.  No one believes Mathews will be a 10 year starter why would Utah Match.  You gave me an example of an undrafted guy, in fact the only restricted free agents that typically hold no value are 2nd round players and undrafted players...top 10 picks like Gasol and JJ do not get stolen during the restricted period. It think you are trying to find ways around it but it's reality, teams will never put 4 years in to a top level pick for no reason. 



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Seriously Berger what are you gonna do when this is over ?  I've never heard someone report on so many irrevelant so called facts, innuendos, "RUMORS" from so called "SOURCES". Forget about being tired of the MELODRAMA, I'm tired of the BERGERTALES. Give me something real please and stop wasting our time. 6 + months is enough.




Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:08 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Berger doesn't care if the rumor about Melo is from a 10 year old kid, he will still try to report it...I think he has a clinical obsession with Melo.



Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:40 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Berger is clinically obsessed with this fantasy.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Source: Denver OK dealing with Knicks

Bchen03----I lmfao..one of the best posts I ever seen.  gg dude


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