Carmelo Anthony: Odds the Star Forward Ends Up on the New York Knicks

Ryan MarshallCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 20:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 20, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Carmelo Anthony was recently married to entertainer Lala Vasquez in New York City. At this wedding, Chris Paul found himself making a toast to the newlywed couple (and general public) that Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and himself will make a "Big 3" of their own in New York.

Is this a realistic possibility? 

With both Paul's and Anthony's current contract soon to be expired, and both of them expressing interest in playing for a different team in years to come, it seems likely neither of them will be on their respective current teams for very much longer.

But will they be on the same team?

With Carmelo Anthony leaving Denver's contract extension offer on the table for some time now, the paper is starting to get stale. They've probably realized by now that the best way to let Carmelo go is to trade him so they can get something in return, a concept that escaped the Toronto Raptors somehow by the way.

So the only way the New York Knicks could land Carmelo Anthony is if they find something to trade to Denver. Right now, those odds are looking slim.

Danilo Gallinari? I'm sure the Nuggets want more than that in return for their superstar. 

Anthony Randolph would only further clog up the situation at power forward for Denver. Kelenna Azubuike, Bill Walker, Toney Douglas, and Wilson Chandler all don't seem to fit the criteria that Denver has expressed interest in.

They claim to be willing to trade Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith and hope to get young players and draft picks in return. 

Reportedly, the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers seem to be the two most appealing options for Denver.

Maybe a trade featuring Brook Lopez or even Derrick Favors would be enough to entice Denver? Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon? I can see why Denver would like to trade Melo to these teams.

Other sleeper teams include: Golden State, Houston and Charlotte.

The Warriors and Rockets are teams with lesser value in trading for Melo, but still may have a shot at acquiring the star forward.

The Bobcats don't have much that appeals to Denver, but they do have the ability to give Denver a salary-dump proposal. Not to mention Melo's relationship with Michael Jordan and his chain of shoe and clothing products...

So with five other more promising candidates looking to pursue Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks suddenly seem like just a dream scenario.

Don't think so? Let's vote!