The news today of Carmelo Anthony officially advising the Denver Nuggets that he will not sign a contract extension with the club this summer did take me by surprise. Tossing concerns about a potential lockout to the side, it looks like he's going to test the market next season. Or will he? Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke has made it clear that if Carmelo does not sign the extension the team will look to move him. Rather then go through what Cleveland experienced with Lebron, Denver will move the all-star now. News flash to Donnie Walsh. Pick up the phone and get this done ASAP.
The Knicks have both the players and the flexibility to get this done. A potential offer of Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry may be enough. This would give Denver a chance to get young, inexpensive talent and an expiring contract for further salary cap relief. This would enable the Knicks to bring Anthony to his home town and the ability to sign him to a max deal now. Carmelo has expressed his desire to play on the biggest stage of Madison Square Garden and New York City.
If the Knicks can pull this off, and then wait the two remaining years it will take to sign Chris Paul, it would complete the anticipated next coming of the big three. New York would have the edge to land Melo because of his home roots. Unlike Lebron, he would embrace the big lights and the challenge of playing in the Mecca of basketball. He would welcome the spotlight and glamour the city would offer him, and should he bring a championship here the sky would be the limit.
Donnie Walsh and the Knicks are officially on notice. Go and get it done!