Throughout the course of the 2010-11 NBA season, the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash and various other big-name players have been the subjects of high-profile trade rumors.
Melo, obviously, has dominated the headlines, as his expiring contract and apparent lack of satisfaction with the Denver Nuggets has caused his trade to appear imminent.
Nash, on the other hand, may not be traded, but nevertheless, his departure from the Phoenix Suns is still a possibility.
Additionally, others with varying likelihoods of being traded have found their names swirling around in the trade winds.
And New York, being the NBA's largest market, has been the rumored destination of most of these players.
Consequently, the following slides will focus on the Knicks and where they currently stand with regard to completing trades for Anthony, Nash and a few others.
Talks between the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony are currently at a standstill.
In mid-December, many media outlets reported that Melo would only sign his three-year, $65 million contract extension if he was going to be traded to the Knicks.
This made New York appear to be the only franchise actually in the running for Anthony's services, since most teams would require a long-term commitment if they were to trade for him.
However, the accuracy of these reports soon came into question, as now it seems that the New Jersey Nets seem to be the team closest to acquiring Melo.
Recently, Yahoo Sports released a story describing a multi-team trade which New Jersey has been trying to develop—one in which the Nets would also receive the Portland Trail Blazers' Andre Miller, a former teammate of Anthony.
And with the 2010 No. 2 pick Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy's expiring $11.97 million contract and high-first-round draft picks being offered, the Nets look to be a big player in the Melo sweepstakes.
However, nothing of substance has yet come from this rumor, and we have yet to firmly hear that Anthony would extend his contract with New Jersey and their struggling franchise.
Therefore, the Knicks, who have played very well so far this season, are certainly still in the trade picture.
As it stands, New York would likely look to trade Eddy Curry and his $11.28 million expiring contract, along with a combination of young players and draft picks.
Among the young players who could be included are likely Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Anthony Randolph—any of whom could also be sent to a third team in a trade or swapped for a draft pick.
Furthermore, so long as they don't trade all of those pieces of their young core, they still will have a solid core with which to build their future upon as a Melo-led Knicks team.
And so long as Melo makes it clear that New York is where he wants to go, a trade package from the Knicks will look more and more attractive to Denver as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches.
For years there have been rumors about Steve Nash returning to his offseason home to play for the New York Knicks.
And now, with the Phoenix Suns' recent trade of their former leading scorer Jason Richardson, it seems that the 36-year-old point guard is no longer a part of his team's rebuilding plans.
However, Phoenix management has decreed that they have no intentions of trading Nash.
Furthermore, the South African-born Canadian has declared that he won't demand a trade.
Yet ESPN has reported that the Knicks are probably still interested in attempting to trade for his services anyway.
But given the strong play of Raymond Felton for the Knicks, coupled with Nash's increasing age and declining ability, would it really make sense for New York to go after Nash?
Most people would likely say no, especially since the two-time NBA MVP would certainly come at a very high price—one which would no doubt cripple the the Knicks' attempts to trade for someone like Carmelo Anthony.
So unless the team wanted to run a two-point-guard lineup and they could get him relatively cheap, there is no reason for New York to consider going after Nash.
At Carmelo Anthony's wedding this past summer, Chris Paul made a toast to a potential new Big Three with the New York Knicks, comprising of Melo, himself and Amar'e Stoudemire.
Since then, there have been whispers of such a trio actually forming, as Amar'e is already there and Anthony looks like he may be on his way.
However, Paul may be quite far off.
His contract doesn't expire until the summer of 2012, and with the NBA recently taking financial control of the New Orleans Hornets, it seems unlikely that they would trade their best player, regardless of the team's recent struggles (have gone 7-11 since an 11-1 start).
Furthermore, the Knicks are already invested in Raymond Felton for two years and he is playing at a very high level.
Therefore, it seems like CP3 in New York won't even have an opportunity to happen for two years.
But the Knicks have been in discussions with teams for players other than Paul, Steve Nash or Anthony—primarily backup point guards.
Most recently, the Knicks president Donnie Walsh sat down with David Kahn of the Minnesota Timberwolves, discussing the possibility of the Knicks trading for NYC native Sebastian Telfair.
Additionally, the Knicks have talked to the Cleveland Cavaliers about the availability of Ramon Session, who they pursued during the summer of 2009.
And finally, ESPN reported that the Knicks have several backup plans in place should they miss out on acquiring Melo.
First they have looked into the possibility of trading for Andre Iguodala, whose Philadelphia 76ers have been listening to offers for their star wing of late.
Secondly, New York has also seen the Cavs as a potential trade partner who could help them fill their holes at backup point and inside, with Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao.
In both of these scenarios, the Knicks would have to give up much less than they would for Anthony (i.e. probably Eddy Curry and a player or pick), but the return would very likely be far less substantial.