The trade saga for Carmelo Anthony continues with only a week to go before the deadline.
Since the offseason, Anthony has let it be known about his desire to play in the Big Apple. It seemed as though Anthony would not make it New York and instead end up in New Jersey in a deal that would focus on last year's No. 3 draft pick, Derrick Favors. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov had shot down the deal after Nuggets management balked at the offer package.
Now the Nuggets have let it be known that they are asking for five Knicks and a pick in return for their All-Star.
The Nuggets' asking price has been high for Anthony and the one time Nets deal involved three teams and fourteen players. The Nuggets have always asked for cap relief and picks in any deal involving Anthony.
In addition to sending Anthony, the deal would also involve point guard Chauncey Billups. In return the Nuggets have asked for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Timofey Mozgov and Danilo Gallinari, as well as a pick which would most likely come from an Anthony Randolph trade. For the deal to work cap-wise, Eddy Curry would have to be included, which would give the Nuggets some of their much needed salary cap relief.
It is expected that if Billups is dealt, he could be bought out, which would allow him to sign with any team.