Carmelo Anthony should be an extremely familiar name if you've turned on ESPN at all in the last month.
The talk surrounding his trade situation is beginning to rival that of LeBron's in the offseason, and for good reason.
Wherever Anthony ends up, he will have a huge impact on whatever team it may be, and will take the team to the next level.
However Anthony is over being the star player of the franchise.
Much like LeBron, Anthony is looking to win championships, and after participating in his fourth NBA All-Star game this past week, it seems that Anthony would have what it takes. But as LeBron displayed; no one can do it alone.
It's plain and simple, Anthony is going to go where he wants to go, and his preference is to be part of the New York Knicks.
The Knicks current roster of Amar'e Stoudemire, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields, Danila Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Timofy Mozgov would be a more than a sufficient supporting cast to win championships with Anthony.
However, with bringing in Anthony mid-season, the Knicks would have to trade players/picks with the Nuggets.
Anthony should simply wait out the season, become a FA and then work out a deal with the Knicks.
With that being said, the newly installed CBA could cut out a huge chunk of change from Anthony's pocket if he decides to wait until the off-season, hence passing up the current three year, $65 million extension offer from the Nuggets.
Again, like LeBron, if Anthony wishes to play for the Knicks, taking less money in order to do so might be the way to go.
It is a gamble that both Anthony and the Knicks will have to take, but I see no reason why they would not be able to come to an agreement come the off-season.
Look for the New York Knicks to make a convincing championship run in the 2011-12 NBA season.