While the Knicks responded to “The Decision” by filling the team with young talent perfect for Coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense, the media has responded by fueling speculation that the likes of Chris Paul, Tony Parker, and/or Carmelo Anthony will be joining the Knicks in order to compete against the Miami Heat.
Following the trade of Darren Collision, Chris Paul appears to be staying with the Hornets for now. Tony Parker has been respectful of his current team, the Spurs, avoiding comment on any trade rumors.
Anthony’s situation is a bit different, however. Perhaps by not signing a contract extension with the Nuggets, he is fueling speculation himself. According to ESPN’s Ric Bucher, a divorce is imminent, as Anthony is preparing to make it very clear that he is no longer interested in returning to Denver.
The Knicks and Magic are apparently at the top of Anthony’s wish list. While that may, in fact, be true, such rumors have run rampant across the NBA circuit ever since Paul (perhaps light heartedly) suggested he and Anthony should join the Knicks.
The Knicks have reportedly reached out to Denver on numerous occasions, recently offering Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry, and a future first round pick, likely to be in 2014.
While Anthony has some degree of leverage as a marquee star, such an offer has not even begun to pique Denver’s interest.
Furthermore, with no formal general manager in place, the Nuggets may be hesitant to pull the trigger.
If Donnie Walsh really wanted to make the push for him right away, the team could also include Wilson Chandler in their offer. With Anthony coming, both Gallinari and Chandler may seem expendable. Adding Anthony would certainly meet (if not exceed) the production of both players.
Having Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason Jr., and Bill Walker all on the roster as well would only cushion the blow of giving up the two young wingmen.
The massive hype surrounding trading for such a player (especially after conceivably losing out this summer) is understandable. That being said, what’s the rush?
Of course, being able to compete with the Heat so soon would be very exciting. But since when was the upcoming season a part of the Knicks’ timeline to become a championship contender?
The team has already waited this long to look competitive. Everyone is well aware that they went through a complete roster overhaul.
Such a rebuilding movement takes time. Why not give the players, Walsh, and company assembled this summer a chance?
By adding the likes of Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, and Azubuike to an already strong, young core, the Knicks have put themselves in a position to be very good.
Establishing some chemistry and getting this team in a groove could very well benefit the Knicks if and when completing a trade for Carmelo Anthony closer to the trading deadline.
Later in the season would also appear to be when Anthony’s leverage really kicks in as a game changer.
While the rumors of Anthony wanting out have only now begun to get the wheels turning in Denver, the Nuggets will be in much more dire straits if the team is faced with either trading him or allowing him to leave for nothing as a free agent.
If the Knicks were able to capitalize on the Nuggets desperation, they could perhaps be able to give up less value for Anthony towards the trading deadline.
Carmelo Anthony joining the Knicks is absolutely possible, and perhaps even likely. A timetable for such a union, however, has yet to be set.
For now, this is still Amar'e Stoudemire’s team to guide.
As some may begin to hope for Carmelo Anthony, every Knicks fan is certainly hoping Stoudemire will be guiding this team into the playoffs.
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