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Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Examining the Nets and Knicks Latest Offers

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks and the Eastern Conference stands with Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets and the Western Conference after the Western Conference won 148-143 victory in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Alex MonacoContributor IIFebruary 21, 2011

We all want what we can't have.

This weekend's festivities in Los Angeles featured a heck of a lot to talk about, particularly the fate of the 6'8 small forward, Carmelo Anthony.  Anywhere from the Lakers, to the Knicks, to the Nets were mentioned and before the weekend even started, Melo stated he would've liked a deal done by Sunday night....

Well here we are on Monday morning after "big brother" Kobe Bryant advised Melo not to speak about the deal yesterday at the All-Star game...Still no deal.

Great advice Kobe....No seriously.  As NBA fans, we're now in the middle of one of the biggest spectacles between cross-town rivals (New York and New Jersey) that I've certainly ever seen involving a player that they both want.  

Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets owner on the potential Carmelo Anthony trade most recently spoke saying: "I think we made a very good tactical decision to force the Knicks to pay as much as they can.  So it's very good, it's very interesting, it's very competitive.  

Let's face it, Melo doesn't want to go to the Nets until he's exhausted every opportunity to play for the Knicks.  He may even stay in Denver if it comes down to playing for the Nets or the Nuggets in order to get his three year $65 million dollar contract extension before the collective bargaining agreement.  

We've heard a million different options as far as who is being let go for Melo.  However, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, there's now a trade for Melo involving both the Knicks and the Nets.

Also, according to Broussard, sources say the Nets are in talks with Denver to send two first round picks to Denver for Mozgov, and either Gallinari, Chandler or Felton, if Melo is traded to the Knicks...

We're not finished...

The Nets-Nuggets trade for New York Knick players would not be a three-way trade with the Knicks, it would be two separate deals.  

Let's take a second to decompress...

So the Nets are going to essentially aid the Knicks in helping land Carmelo Anthony, by dealing out two first round picks for some Knicks players in return?

What I'm getting at is this:  If the Knicks are finally willing to part ways with either Gallinari, Chandler or even Felton at this point, why are they even letting the Nets try and work themselves into this deal?

Look at the trade the Celtics pulled for Garnett a couple years ago to get him to Boston...The C's gave up Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff, Ryan Gomes and Gerald Green (who were eventually draft picks), a 2009 first round pick, and a return on another first round pick just to land Garnett.  Most of these guys are equivalent if not better than a Gallinari or a Wilson Chandler...

Case in point: No one cares when you give up half a team in return for two superstars in the same jersey.  When you have a Melo and an Amare, odds are, you'll get a third like a Chris Paul.  

More importantly, the Knicks and the Nets are cross town rivals!  Would the Yankees and the Mets if they were in the same league ever help out one another particularly to land a superstar that could change the dynamic of the team, and the city?  I don't think so...

There's a bigger story here and that's the Nets helping the Knicks....Or should I say, the Bronx helping Manhattan?  I don't think anybody told the new Nets owner that this is just a bad mantra....

 P.S. Is anybody talking to Jay-Z about any of this?

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