NBA Trade Rumors:Carmelo Anthony To the New York Knicks Is Back On

Ryan LazoContributor IOctober 20, 2010

Carmelo Anthony would have the Knicks pointing n the right direction in their quest for an NBA title
Carmelo Anthony would have the Knicks pointing n the right direction in their quest for an NBA titleEzra Shaw/Getty Images

An ESPN report has said the New York Knicks have made significant progress towards acquiring Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.

A proposed four-team deal which would have sent Anthony to the New Jersey Nets fell apart for reasons yet to be known. What is known is that Anthony did approve the trade and would have welcomed being a member of the Nets.

The Knicks meanwhile have always had a package centered around Eddy Curry's expiring contract and the young athletic power forward Anthony Randolph. Randolph was a center point among the Knicks sign and trade of David Lee and the Knicks have envisioned getting a solid player in Randolph.

The problem for the Knicks has been their limitations due to an NBA rule of not being able to trade No.1 picks in consecutive years. The Knicks have not only worked their way around the rule by being able to acquire someone else's first-round pick, but have also softened their stance of including Danilo Gallinari, according to the report. 

The Knicks would then be able to swing a deal involving one their two promising forwards to acquire a player the Nuggets like more. This is what makes it seem the inevitable shipment of Anthony will happen. The fact he seems headed to the Big Apple will make an off season which seemed like a failure for the Knicks front office, turn around 180 degrees.

Bringing Anthony into the fray will not only cause excitement in the big apple, but also make a legitimate contender of the Knicks this season. Pairing up Amar'e Stoudemire and Anthony in the front court gives the Knicks the two biggest superstars they have had since Houston and Sprewell.

This deal, if consummated, also gives hope that the Knicks could achieve their own big three if they are able to either acquire Chris Paul before the deadline or sign him as a free agent next summer.

Paul has said repeatedly that not only does he want to get out of New Orleans, but also wants to be a part of the Knicks. He has said he wants to form a big three with Stoudemire and Anthony, who could challenge the Heat for the title. This dream is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The NBA is forewarned. If the Knicks acquire Carmelo, there will be another team taking aim at the trophy this season. A return to greatness is in the air.