Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Is Carmelo Anthony Broadway Bound?

Janice AdamsContributor IFebruary 6, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets watches on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  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 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The 'Melo drama could come to an end soon.

Carmelo Anthony may get his wish after all and become a member of the New York Knicks.

Chris Broussard of ESPN reported that there is a three-team deal in the works involving the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.  

The Knicks would get the player they have coveted all summer, Carmelo Anthony.

The Denver Nuggets will get Wilson Chandler from the Knicks, and Corey Brewer and a first round draft pick from the Timberwolves.  Minnesota would get the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph.

While this may not be the best deal for Denver, they may have no choice but to pull the trigger since Anthony had no desire to sign the extension with the Nets or any other deal that has been proposed. 

To avoid being next year's Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver is forced to make a move now rather than later.

This deal actually works out well for the Knicks; they finally get rid of Eddy Curry, and the disappointing Anthony Randolph, while keeping the promising rookie Landry Fields and sharp shooter Danilo Gallinari.

The odd man out is definitely Wilson Chandler.

Chandler is an up and coming star, who has produced for the Knicks either as a starter or coming off the bench. 

Wilson will be a restricted free agent this summer.  The Knicks would be able to match any offer from another team, but the chances of the Knicks being able to re-sign Chandler and have the ability to afford Carmelo Anthony are slim.

Many question why the Knicks would make this move when they can just wait until this summer to sign Anthony, who has been open about wanting to play with the Knicks?

Well, the uncertainty of the collective bargaining agreement makes this an urgent situation for the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. 

Anthony refused to sign the $65 million extension that the Nuggets have offered, and was unwilling to sign the extension with the Nets. 

Although he has said that money is not the deciding factor, he would prefer to keep that money and sign the extension with the team of his choice.

By signing him now rather than in the summer, the Knicks are guaranteed of getting their man.

Also, after losing a heart breaker in Philly, and losers of ten of their last fifteen games, the 26-24 New York Knicks are in desperate need of a change. 

They are clinging to the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, with the Philadelphia 76er's only three games behind.

Carmelo Anthony would be a welcome addition to a team that is beginning to waiver in the standings.  

Anthony is a legitimate 20-point scorer and his rebounding totals have gone up every year that he has been in the league. 

Adding Anthony to the lineup now would strengthen the Knicks' chances of going deep in the playoffs. 

While the Knicks would still have to address their bench and center issues in the summer; a starting lineup of Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallanari, Carmelo Anthony, Landry Fields and Raymond Felton would give Knicks' fans some hope.

Wouldn't it be nice to see Carmelo Anthony in a New York Knicks uniform when the New Jersey Nets come to town next week?

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