Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Analyzing Potential Deal To Knicks

Sammy MakkiAnalyst IFebruary 15, 2011

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The days and weeks are passing, and Carmelo Anthony is still a member of the Denver Nuggets. After many months of rumors having Anthony going to the Nets, lately it's been about the Knicks.

Last week had the Nuggets, Knicks, and Timberwolves getting involved in a three-team trade but it seemed lopsided from the beginning.

Now, a week later, another trade has been apparently set and this one makes more sense. If the previous trade was lopsided in favor of the Knicks, this one would be in favor of the Nuggets.

As first reported by the New York Daily News, the latest trade offer has the Knicks sending Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, an unnamed starter, Eddy Curry, and a first-round draft pick to Denver. The Knicks would receive Anthony and Chauncey Billups.

The twist to this story is, the Knicks reportedly refused the trade. This time, it's the Nuggets willing to make a trade with the Knicks, but Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni say Denver is asking for too much.

But, with the way the Nuggets are seemingly desperate to get something for Anthony, will they eventually lower their demands? The Nets don't seem to be interested in getting back into talks, and no other team has even made an offer yet with only eight days to go.

It seems that by February 24, the Knicks will get Anthony and that they're only waiting for Denver to ask for one less piece.

If the Knicks did go through with this trade, though, is it really a bad deal? If you think about it, the deal isn't terrible for the Knicks. They'd be giving up Gallinari, who many from the beginning thought would have to be included in an Anthony package.

The new player in this deal, point guard Raymond Felton, would be a loss but not too big of one. Although he's averaging 17 points and nine assists, you can make an argument that he's benefiting from head coach D'Antoni's system.

If the Knicks were to replace him with the aging Billups, perhaps he'd also produce more under D'Antoni. Plus, unlike Felton, Billups is playoff-tested. If the Knicks go through with the deal, they'd be a lock for at least the playoffs and that's where Billups could help.

The other "unnamed" starter that Denver is asking for would either be Landry Fields or Wilson Chandler. The Knicks would rather have that guy be Chandler opposed to the surprising rookie Fields, but neither should be what's holding up this trade.

If this trade went through, the Knicks could have a starting five of Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony, Billups, Fields, and Timofey Mozgov or Ronny Turiaf.

Is there any way possible that the Nuggets keep Anthony? Yes, but that possibility is slim at this point. The only way it could happen is if the Knicks don't go through with a trade and Anthony rejects any other team's contract extension.

Then, two things have to asked: would the Nuggets decide to lose him for nothing and would Anthony take his chances in the offseason after a potential work stoppage? It's clear he wants to play for the Knicks and it probably will happen.

Right now, the Knicks rejecting a deal means, they have a feeling the Nuggets will be forced to lower their demands and perhaps take Felton out of the mix.

There's plenty of time for the Knicks to wait this potential deal out, and it appears that movement is finally being made to get Anthony out of Denver after a season-long saga.