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Knicks have deal available for first-round pick

Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:05 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 2:38 pm
Posted by Royce Young

If you've been following along, you already know this. But the biggest reason the Knicks couldn't get into the meat of the Carmelo Anthony discussions is because they were lacking all the pieces required. That main piece being a first-round pick in next year's draft.

Donnie Walsh even talked about regretting the Tracy McGrady trade in which he gave up a first-rounder. But the Knicks may be able to get back in the game now as Chris Sheridan of reports that New York has a deal available to them in which it can acquire a 2011 first-round pick to use as part of a potential Carmelo trade.

Of course, the key there is getting talks revived and jumping into the driver's seat. The Knicks don't have the best trade pieces, but the fact that New York is Melo's preferred destination and that the Knicks could package a deal better than some, it's possible.

If anything, it's obvious that the Knicks are serious about playing in the Carmelo Sweepstakes. They've made a contingent move in order to make a move, which is a lot closer to Melo than they have been before.

Is this deal good enough to trump what the Nets put together in the four-team deal that's dormant/dead/in a coma? Who knows, because we don't know the parts. But this definitely means that the Knicks shouldn't be counted out just yet.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:01 am

Knicks have deal available for first-round pick

If the Knicks can get close to what Denver is asking, then they have to be taken seriously. As Mr. Young writes, 
The Knicks don't have the best trade pieces, but the fact that New York is Melo's preferred destination and that the Knicks could package a deal better than some, it's possible. 

That is the crux of the situation. Carmelo Anthony wants to be in New York. The reasons have been explored many times already, but between his own East Coast background and his wanna-be celebrity wife, this is the place he really yearns to be. However, that being said, the Knicks as currently constituted are not a better team than the Nuggets as currently constituted.But there are a couple of reasons why Carmelo might think that New York is a better situation.

First, the Nuggets have no long-term stability in the front office, or in the coaching chair at the moment. Carmelo's guys in the front office are gone and George Karl, his coach, is working on the last year of his contract with no extension in sight. Put that together with Karl's medical issues and it is entirely possible that he may not return whether Denver wants him to or not. New York on the other hand has an acknowledged master in Don Walsh and has a coach in Mike D'Antoni who is nowhere near the hot seat. Neither of those guys are going anywhere anytime soon and they run a pretty good organization, by all reports. And D'Antoni's style is custom-made for pure scorers like Carmelo.

Second, the Nuggets' core is getting up there. As good as Chauncey Billups is, he is getting older. Nene has yet to stay healthy and Kenyon Martin is a shadow of his former self. New York has a younger point guard in Ray Felton who, while he lacks Billups' steady hand, is reputed to be a good, reliable point. And in Amar'e Stoudamire, the Knicks have a guy who can be something of a low-post threat. So they aren't precisely bereft of talent. Are they a playoff team? Without Anthony, probably not. With Anthony, they become a contender for a top-four seed in the East. Is DEnver with Carmelo a top-four seed in the West? Errr, I think not. Personally I would rank them behind the Lakers, Mavericks, Rockets and Thunder (ordered alphabetically). And if Portland gets healthy, maybe behind Portland as well. 

All of this is pure speculation at this point. Carmelo himself is saying all the right things. And New York is not yet all there with the right package. They lack the young talent Denver wants. But they are closer. And as Mr. Young says, if New York wants Carmelo and Carmelo wants New York, they probably have to be considered at least a contender at this point. I still think Donnie Walsh is hoping that Carmelo will play the season out in Denver and then come to NY in the offseason as a free agent so he won't cost them quite as much. But with the uncertain salary cap situation looming, I think Carmelo probably wants to make sure he gets paid now. So I would look for his camp to try to force Denver to do a sign-and-trade. And at that point, it all comes down to Josh Kroenke and the new Denver front office. 

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 6:10 pm

Knicks have deal available for first-round pick

I don't care what other teams are involved if they can snag Melo and sign him long term.  With Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire at the helm, the Knicks can possibly be taken alot more seriously as potential playoff contenders.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2010 3:12 pm

Knicks have deal available for first-round pick

Who is the other team(s) involved?

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