Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks is imminent, but yet it always has been. As I reported here just a couple weeks ago when it was rumored that Anthony would turn down a three-year, $65 million extension to remain in Denver the Knicks began to emerge on the radar. Fast forward to today and here are the facts that we now have:
- He didn't jump at the chance to sign the extension
- He's put his 25,000-square-foot mansion in suburban Denver up for sale
- His newly-wed wife LaLa Vazquez believes her career can flourish in NYC
- Constant reports of Anthony telling friends that he wants to play for the New York Knicks
- He knows there is no chance of winning a championship in Denver anytime soon but yet his NBA biological clock is ticking
It is believed that the Knicks are prepared to offer Danilo Gallinari, Eddie Curry's expiring contract and a future first round pick to land Melo. While I do not think this would be enough, throw in Wilson Chandler and we have a deal. Are there other teams that can get in the mix? Sure. Here's the problem. Would you trade value for a player that has basically told you he plans to make the Mecca of basketball his permanent home?
Uniting Anthony with Stoudemire in NY, along with a potential star in Anthony Randolph can have the Knicks on the verge of a 50+ win, top 5 team in the Eastern Conference. While I do not believe that Knick fans understand the type of PG the club acquired when they signed free agent Raymond Felton, I do believe he is a great fit to run Mike D'Antoni's fast paced system and is entering his prime as a very talented, underrated player.
Put it all together and you have a resurrection at Madison Square Garden and in NYC. The Knicks are back and if they can land Melo, watch out.