The New York Knicks have been in the middle of trade talk and the the free agency discussion for the last two years. They swept payroll off the books and currently have one of the lowest payrolls in the league.
The trouble for the Knicks now is that the team has some excellent young talent, that it would prefer not to part ways with and the club is performing better than many expected at the start of the season.
This is in great part due to the fantastic performance of Amare Stoudemire and the career year that Raymond Felton is having.
So, what do they do now?
The few people who do not presently live under rocks are completely aware that the Knicks have a keen interested in acquiring Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets, Nets and it seems like some agents are pushing for Carmelo to accept the trade to Nets and allow the story to end there.
The Nets have a good package to offer Denver and are willing to completely deplete their roster to get this done. For Carmelo Anthony, the only reason for him to sign that deal would be guaranteed money before the CBA. But, why should he rush?
The trade deadline approaching and the Knicks should be putting some other irons in the fire. They actually have a pretty good package to offer for Anthony, if they are willing to part with a few pieces of their young talent.
Because they do not have any draft picks, the Nuggets might be the team to drag their feet–and obviously have been.
Here are a few conditions that I have been thinking over the last couple of days.
Carmelo Anthony might get cold feet and make a terrible decision and sign with the Nets.
The Denver Nuggets are at risk of getting nothing for Carmelo Anthony, if he stays strong.
The Knicks are a decent team.
The Knicks desperately need a real center to get to the Conference Finals.
The Knicks need a shooting guard and backup point guard.
The Knicks need defenders.
The Knicks have the huge $11M expiring contract of Eddy Curry to offer.
Several teams in the league that are out of contention need to focus on salary reduction.