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Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: 10 Ways Knicks Get Deal Done by All-Star Weekend

Brandon GalvinFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2017

Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: 10 Ways Knicks Get Deal Done by All-Star Weekend

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    Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks.

    Sounds great, right, Knicks fans?

    Unfortunately, the report today is that the New York Knicks have balked at the latest trade rumor surrounding Denver Nuggets superstar forward Carmelo Anthony.

    The proposed deal:

    New York receives Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups in exchange for Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry, another starter and a first-round draft pick.

    The Knicks are silly to balk at this deal.  

    Anthony is a top 10 player in this league. He’s one of the best scorers this league has to offer. His rebounding is improving.

    The Knicks have an opportunity to have New York basketball buzzing for years.

    The Knicks must trade for Carmelo Anthony if they have any hopes of competing in the playoffs this season and winning a championship in the future.

    The Knicks need to get a deal done for Anthony by All-Star weekend.

    I’m going to tell you how they can do it.

10. Trade the House

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Nene Hilario, Chris Anderson, Anthony Carter

    Denver Receives: Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry. Timofey Mozgov, Ronny Turiaf, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason, Toney Douglas, Shawne Williams, Bill Walker, First-Round Draft Pick

    Whoa.

    Let’s sort this out.

    The Knicks can field their most complete team of the season. They still get to keep Gallo and Field. They acquire a center to put next to Amar’e. Chris Anderson comes off the bench as a defensive specialist.

    The Nuggets shed a ton of money. In two seasons, it’s doubtful Nene will re-sign with Denver if he can win elsewhere. And let’s make one thing clear, the Nuggets will NOT win a championship in 2011-2012.

    The Nuggets acquire a ton of expiring contracts, raw talent in Mozgov and Randolph and more talent to evaluate in Azubuike, Douglas and Walker. Of course, they also get their first-round draft pick.

    There’s a lot of movement here, but the Nuggets free a ton of cap space in the offseason and the Knicks have a chance to win an NBA Championship this season.

9. Felton, Chandler, Fields Stay Home. Ciao, Gallo.

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups

    Denver Receives: Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Ronny Turiaf, Roger Mason, First-Round Draft Pick

    The Knicks lose some depth, but not much, since D’Antoni doesn’t use most of these players. The Nuggets acquire a bunch of expiring contracts. They also take on Gallo and Randolph for the next two seasons and a first-round draft pick.

    The Knicks get to keep Felton, Chandler and Fields, despite losing Gallo. The big thing here is that they gain Chauncey Billups, who will be able to play shooting guard for New York with his size, but also point guard in some crucial situations.

8. Knicks Keep Gallinari and Fields

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony

    Denver Receives: Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, First-Round Draft Pick

    The Knicks only have to give up Chandler and a first-round draft pick, essentially, in this deal.

    The Nuggets have some building pieces for the future and expiring contracts. All New York cares about in this deal is keeping Gallinari, Fields and Raymond Felton.

7. New York Caves, But Keeps Gallinari

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony

    Denver Receives: Eddy Curry, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields

    The Knicks have to give up Landry Fields in the deal, but get to keep their first-round draft pick, Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari while acquiring their superstar.

    The Nuggets acquire two good young players and an expiring contract.

    Although the Knicks have to give up Fields, the rest is just fine for them.

6. Knicks Take on the Contracts, Denver Expires

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony, Al Harrington, Chris Anderson

    Denver Receives: Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike

    In order to acquire their new superstar, the Knicks are forced to take on the lengthy contracts of Al Harrington and Chris Anderson.

    Really, though, they make the Knicks a far more complete team heading into the postseason. Harrington stretches the floor off the bench. Anderson is a defensive specialist.

    The best part: New York keeps Gallinari.

    The Nuggets have to give up ‘Melo, but they also free themselves of Harrington and Anderson’s contracts. Aside from Randolph, who makes next to nothing, everyone else comes off the books in the offseason.

5. Simplify It

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony

    Denver Receives: Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry, First-Round Draft Pick

    It’s time to simplify this deal. The Nuggets and Knicks essentially swap Gallinari and Anthony. They know deep down that Anthony does not want to stay in Denver. At least they would acquire a potential superstar in Gallo, a possible solid forward in Randolph and a first-round draft pick.

    The Knicks would obviously jump at this deal, since they can just swap Gallo for ‘Melo in the lineup.

4. Knicks Switch It Up

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups

    Denver Receives: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike

    The Knicks lose Felton, but are able to keep Gallinari. The Nuggets shed a ton of money at the end of the season. Chandler, Curry, Azubuike, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and most of the Denver roster will all free up cap space for 2011-2012.

3. Bring in J.R. Smith

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith

    Denver Receives: Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry, Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, First-Round Draft Pick

    If the Nuggets want Gallinari so badly, they need to give up J.R. Smith and his expiring contract. The Knicks don’t want to give up Gallinari in fear that he develops into a star player like Dirk Nowitzki, but also because right now he is their best three-point shooter.

    With Smith coming along with ‘Melo, the Knicks would have two solid three-point shooters on the floor who could also drive to the basket. This is beneficial for Mike D’Antoni’s system. He would have two very good wing men to put in the starting lineup.

    The Nuggets would still acquire expiring contracts, a first-round draft pick and two players they can evaluate this year and next.

2. Knicks Bring Back Al Harrington

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony, Al Harrington

    Denver Receives: Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry, Ronny Turiaf, Anthony Randolph

    Harrington was okay for the Knicks. But clearly, nobody really wants to see him back in a Knicks uniform.

    The Nuggets panicked and dished out a dreadful five year contract to Al Harrington. Nobody in the NBA really wants to acquire Harrington and be handcuffed to this contract.

    Yet to acquire Anthony and keep Raymond Felton, the Knicks may have to allow Denver to relinquish that band.

    Denver would acquire power forward Anthony Randolph, who they could give playing time to for the rest of the season and next to evaluate.

    The Nuggets would also acquire Turiaf and his $4 million expiring contract. That would mean Denver has Curry, Turiaf, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin coming off the books next season.

1. Accept the Proposed Trade

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    New York Receives: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups

    Denver Receives: Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry, Wilson Chandler, First-Round Draft Pick

     

    As I explained in the intro, the Knicks are silly and stubborn not to accept this deal.

    The Knicks are getting Carmelo Anthony.

    That is the goal.

    If the Knicks could have started the season with ‘Melo and Chauncey Billups instead of Felton, Gallo and Chandler, they would have…in a heartbeat.

    Just because the Knicks have played better than they have for over a decade, they think they’re in position to start balking at trade demands for one of the best players in the league.

    This is absurd.

    I don’t care about having to give up Wilson Chandler.

    He’s not the link that will win the Knicks a championship by any means.

    Is it the first-round draft pick that’s holding up this deal?

    I’m sorry, didn’t Donnie Walsh just find a gem in Landry Fields in the second round?

    Who cares about the first-round draft pick when the Knicks are going to have a late pick!?

    In a big game, I’d much rather have Chauncey Billups than Raymond Felton.

    Are we really expecting Raymond Felton to stick around after his contract runs out?

    Isn’t the reason New York signed Felton to a two year deal to bring Chris Paul when his contract runs out in two years?

    Billups only has two years left on his contract too.

    The Knicks could probably bring back Gallo in two seasons, if he’s not too upset.

    Even so, who cares?

    New York would have Carmelo Anthony.

    That’s the point here, folks. CARMELO ANTHONY.

    Buckle down and accept the offer for ‘Melo to really make Madison Square Garden rock heading into the playoffs.

    With Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups on the roster, the only team who could definitely beat the Knicks on paper is the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks would stack up even better against the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls.

    This may not be every Knicks fan's greatest scenario considering Gallinari is leaving, but Anthony, Billups and Amar’e will have the Knicks competing deep in the playoffs this season.

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