New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony's Love Affair

Jess Matthew Beltran@sportsalchemistCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2010

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are a “you like him, he likes you” kind of relationship. They both want each other but there’s always a third party involved. There would be sacrifices to be made. However, like a jealous and insecure lover, the Knicks are looking for possible options.

They know they don’t have the right personnel to come up with a good trade that might interest the Denver Nuggets. And with the New Jersey Nets closely pursuing Anthony by offering Derrick Favors and a number of first-round draft picks, it looks like Anthony has an inclination in signing with them.

The Knicks are still not giving up hope. It’s not over until it’s over. However, they are also looking for possible options. They were on this road just a summer ago when they pursued LeBron James but instead got the consolation price in Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton. They still came out the winner in spite of losing the mega LeBron sweepstakes.

Now it is rumored that the Knicks are setting up an option B. They are eyeing the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star forward Andre Iguadala. The high-flying forward is a perfect fit for the Knicks' up-tempo offense. He defends very well and can shoot the ball in midrange.

Signing “Iggy” is a perfect backup plan. The Knicks could either trade Wilson Chandler with Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and some draft picks or cash consideration. The only problem with Andre is his consistency. He has the tendency to go into his shell when his team needs him to turn up his offensive production.

The Knicks need a good defensive center and a good shooting guard. That’s why they are also looking at the possibility of signing Anderson Varejao and Daniel Gibson from Cleveland.

New York has still set their eyes on Carmelo. The feeling is mutual between them. However, like a sad love affair, it may not end with a happy ever after. Even so, there is always the thought of fate and destiny. It’s not always what you want, but it may be what’s best for you…and the Knicks should have known that better.

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