Carmelo Anthony Watch: Should the New York Knicks Play the Waiting Game?

Eli ChesnerCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2011

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 and Chauncey Billups #1 of the Denver Nuggets talk during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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As we all know, Carmelo Anthony is a Denver Nugget, but he wants to be a New York Knick as soon as possible. He has turned down a trade that would have sent him to the Nets.

And while he has demanded a trade over the past four to five months or so, he has played extremely well.

This pretty much all started when LeBron went public and announced his decision to go to Miami. Then a couple of days later, Chris Paul made a supposed toast of having a New York big three containing Paul, Melo and Amare Stoudemire.

But even during this whole Carmelo Anthony talk, the Knicks have had their best season since the 1999-2000 season. The Knicks are on pace to make the playoffs, courtesy of Amare. 

And because of the success the Knicks have had this season, the trade that they could make with Denver has not happened yet because of that reason. The supposed players in that trade would feature any of Wilson Chandler, Danillo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Anthony Randolph and a couple of picks to go along.

But is it worth it for the Knicks right now?

They would get rid of a potential ROTY candidate in Landry Fields. They would get rid of a fantastic three-point shooter in Gallinari. They would also lose an energy sparker in Wilson Chandler.

It's not worth it for the Knicks to get rid of those three players—plus Anthony Randolph, who could break out at any point if Mike D'Antoni plays him—for just Carmelo. If the Nuggets would include in the deal like J.R. Smith, then that could be reasonable. 

But Carmelo could become a free agent after this season. And the Knicks do have cap room, with Eddy Curry's baloney contract comes to an end.

So if I were Donnie Walsh and the Knicks front office, think about it like this. The Knicks will make the playoffs, but they won't win the title, with teams like the Celtics, Heat and Magic in the East they would have to face.

So if I were them, wait until the offseason. Sign him then because the Knicks are having too good of a season to lose their key players.