The title of this article suggests that in order for the New York Knicks to obtain Carmelo Anthony, Donnie Walsh is likely going to need to call in the entire Hogwarts faculty to perform some rather complicated magic.
Thankfully for the New York faithful, magic will likely not be needed to complete this transaction. Rather, some intricate wheeling and dealing should suffice.
Carmelo Anthony has made it no secret that he would like to be playing in the Big Apple. The prospect of winning a championship for one of the league's storied franchises may be enticing enough, but combined with the endless marketing opportunities, entertainment offerings, the Manhattan mystique and proximity to his wife, actress Lala Vasquez, playing in New York is simply a no-brainer for Carmelo Anthony.
Agreeing with this sentiment, Anthony has even reportedly stated that he would not accept a trade anywhere else other than New York.
As it seems highly likely that Melo won't be coming back to Denver next year, the Nuggets best move may be to trade him now, as such a move would be the only way to gain back some pieces after losing Anthony.
Denver has come close to dealing their franchise player numerous times with the New Jersey Nets, but ultimately, Anthony's contract stipulates that he has to approve any potential trade, thus narrowing the Nuggets shopping list significantly. If in fact Carmelo is true to his alleged word, the only potential suitor for Denver would be New York.
With that in mind, what would it take for the Nuggets to give up Carmelo to the Knicks and vice versa? Let's take a look at the chips on the table in what is shaping up to be quite the poker game.