Carmelo Anthony has become the most talked about player in the NBA, whether he likes it or not.
He has most recently been linked to the Nets and Knicks.
The Nets have a deal in place for a three-way trade with the Detroit Pistons and the Nuggets to land Anthony; however, the Knicks are mentioned again and again. To fuel this fire, there have been more stories today about the Knicks potentially trading Anthony Randolph to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a first-round pick in the 2011 draft.
Why else would the Knicks make a trade for a pick other than to get Carmelo?
Sure, any way you look at it, it's great for the Knicks to grab another pick because they basically have none left after trading them all away in the past years to land LeBron James.
After nabbing a kid like Landry Fields this past draft, I'd like to see the Knicks have as many chances as possible.
Speaking of Landry, landing Melo would likely be the end of his tenure in the Garden. Count either Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler with him.
The Knicks picked up Gallo's option in 2009, so he will be around for another season under this current contract and you can be sure that they'll re-sign him at that point if he hasn't been traded.
Donnie Walsh has publicly stated that the Knicks will re-sign Chandler next season, no matter what and from what the Knicks have seen of Fields so far, I'm pretty sure they'll sign him as well.
What should the Knicks do?
My point is, these are all players the organization currently see as long-term Knicks, not just ones taking a little stop in NYC. However, these guys would be gone to bring in Melo. I know Melo is an elite player, right behind LeBron, Wade and Kobe.
In this case, which is better, quality or quantity?
I would be most hesitant to see Chandler or Fields leave. Nothing against Gallo, but I just personally like Chandler more and I think Fields has tons and tons of potential. I could handle losing Gallo, a draft pick and another player or two.
Fields and Chandler? That may sting.
The Knicks are amongst the leaders in scoring so far this season, so they don't necessarily need another scorer.
They need a defensive presence; can Anthony be that presence?
Ideally, Carmelo would stay in Denver for the rest of the season and at the end of the season, the Knicks would sign him as a free agent. Unfortunately, Denver will do everything possible to make sure this does not happen because they will not want to be left empty-handed when their star walks out the door if they could make a trade now that would give them draft picks and current stars.
The Knicks have some big decisions coming up in the next few weeks. Break up their team to land an elite star or take their chances with the team they have now and hope (again) to land a major free agent next summer?