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I don't think anybody is surprised to see the Knicks at number one. Everybody knows New York has been going after Melo right from the beginning and I believe they have the best chance of anyone to make a deal for him.
The New York Knicks have not been successful over the past few seasons, but I think that is about to change. Along with Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks have a good group of talented young players. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind the Knicks can make the best trade package out of anyone.
The Knicks have Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler, Gallo, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Bill Walker, and Eddy Curry's expiring contract. If the Nuggets want to maximize Anthony's value they will make a deal with the Knicks. Rumors have been swirling about a deal that would include Curry, Gallo and Wilson Chandler as well as a first round pick for Anthony. No team can beat that.
We also have to take into account that New York City is a great destination for pro athletes. Not only is it a great place for young people to live, but if Melo wins a championship in New York he will be immortal. The thing is, winning a championship is very realistic if Melo goes to NY, especially if CP3 follows. Even before CP3 is there, they will have Raymond Felton, Amare Stoudemire, and whoever doesn't get dealt for Anthony. They will have a solid core that should be able to secure home court advantage in the eastern conference playoffs.
New York is also in a good position financially to take on Anthony. They have room for another guys with a maximum deal, which means they could easily take Anthony's salary on, and the Nuggets could kind of pick their price.
I don't think getting endorsement deals is going to be a problem in New York. Melo and his wife will get all the exposure they could ever want.
So in short, the Knicks have a solid roster, plenty of people to trade for Anthony, extra money, a great city to live in, and potential immortality. What else could you possibly want?
Carmelo Anthony has so many different options. If he knows he wants to leave Denver, there are plenty of options on the table.