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Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

Posted on: January 13, 2011 7:54 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 12:58 am
Report states Knicks attempting to bring in Grizzlies to Melo talks with hopes of moving O.J. Mayo to Denver.

Posted by Matt Moore

An ESPN report states the Knicks have brought in the Memphis Grizzlies in an attempt to make a move on Carmelo Anthony while talks between the New Jersey Nets and the Nuggets have been strained. The primary piece in play sends the Nuggets O.J. Mayo, who has long been rumored to be on the trade block despite public insistence from the Grizzlies that they have no intention of trading the third-year star. 

New York was on the fence about getting into the talks as recently as ... oh, this morning , but of course these things move fast and if the Knicks see an opportunity to swoop in using a team like the Grizzlies as a facilitator -- much like New Jersey was attempting to with Detroit -- they're going to go for it.  Mayo would bring the Nuggets a young player to build around, who showed signs early on of being a 20-25 points-per-game scorer before regressing alongside the other young guys in Memphis.  Mayo showed potential in his rookie season and carried that over into last season. But with Mike Conley having an increased role in the offense alongside All-Star Zach Randolph and emerging star Rudy Gay, Mayo suffered an early-season slump that landed him on the bench, and since then, things haven't been the same for him.  

Should the Grizzlies get into this trade situation (and there has been no indication so far they're interested yet), they have to bring in actual talent as well as a pick. That needs to be the goal, not just being a cash dump for the Nuggets in order to avoid having to face public scrutiny over whether to re-sign Mayo or not.  Anything less than coming out the best in this deal results in further talk in the media and the league about Memphis being nothing but a clearinghouse for bad contracts. Michael Heisley's reputation can't afford another Pau-Gasol-like deal. 

The Knicks moving forward seems very much like seeking out an opportunity in a vacuum. The question is whether the Knicks can somehow finagle a better set-up than what they have offered from the Nets. 

And the trade rumors that won't die continue to not die. We should get T-shirts printed. 


Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2011 4:44 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

NC, most of the media hates NY teams. loo kat last summer and how chris broussard completely bashed the knicks and praised the nets as being the more formidable team. even on espn ny most of the reporters seem as if they are working for a boston paper.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:08 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

Good stuff, old school reporting.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2011 2:03 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

Can someone tell me why it seems no one wants Melo to end up with the Knicks? Any basketball fan can see the Knicks are moving in the right direction and they are good, but not good enough to compete for a championship as is. Just look at the teams they are currently beating and the teams they compete with and lose to. Why does it seem as if everyone in and I use the term losely "THE MEDIA" want the trade with New Jersey to happen?

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2011 10:28 am

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

he only fact in ALL of this is the CBA IS up. Go back, read up on that, and repost your lengthy comment. It'll sound a bit different. Melo could be taking a loss in pay with the NEW CBA if he waits for free agency. It's almost a lock that salaries are going to be adjusted. The owners want it, and the last time I recall, the players union buckled to the owners back in 99
Good point. And no need to smash me or be sarcastic about my "lengthy post" by the way.  You are the first one to use that argument, the CBA expiring and that Melo might lose money argument... it's definitely a valid point.

BUT... I still don't think he'll sign somewhere long term in advance, just to avoid a paycut.  I doubt he'll want to be stuck playing somewhere he's completely unhappy......

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 11:56 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

If you're Memphis, why do this? It helps you how?

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 10:37 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

The media is going to be doing this EVERY single year now with every upper tier free agent. This is going to get old. Who's up next year CP3? The year after that? Oh, and Lopez does have the look of Beavis and Butthead, that his an astute observation, lmfao.

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 10:34 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

Lmfao.....BOILER!!!!!!!!!! Good stuff!!!

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 10:30 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

Seriously, you guys who think Melo will be a Knick are dreaming.  They have nothing to offer that 1) they would be willing to move and 2) the Nuggets would want.  Do you all really think trading Chandler, Gallinari and Fields - plus moving Randolph to get a No. 1 - is worth Melo?  You're gutting your team for 1 guy.  Good luck making the playoffs with Amare, Felton, Melo and 2 guys from the CBA.

As much as it pains you to hear it, he'll be a Net, and in 2 years when they're in Brooklyn with Melo, CP3, Lopez and Rip Hamilton, plus 2 first-rounders, they'll be the toast of NYC, not your Knicks.


AAAAAAAAHAHAHAHA!!! This is one of many Nets fans who reek of lunacy. Surely watching the Knickerbockers become a relevant organization and all this Melo speculation is finally getting to them.

You won't be getting Melo, that's first and foremost. And since you won't be getting Melo, in what parallel dimension would CP3 want to play with a Beavis and Butthead look alike? He's as allergic to rebounding as my uncle Jack is to peanuts. Lastly, Hamilton will be on the wrong side of 30 in 2 years and the Nets or lets say "Brooklyn New Yorkers," will never be the 'toast' of this city. Keep dreaming pal, i don't even know why i bothered giving a serious response. Although, someone had to bring you back to reality.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2011 10:30 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

ESPN is reporting a three-team deal involving the Nets, the Wizards, and the Nuggets.  When asked about the players involved, a source from inside the Wizard orgnization said "what players? this involves the whole stink'n team."  Apparently the Wizards will all move to Denver, Denver players will all become Nets, and players for the Nets will move on to Washington.  The source was asked how fans might react to such a drastic move.  "To be honest," he said, "we made the move a week ago and no one has noticed." 

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 10:25 pm

Report: Knicks talking to Memphis for Melo deal

redwings: I do agree with you that CP3, Melo, Lopez, etc. all playing in NJ or Brooklyn together is a long shot. The Hornets will want to try to move Paul somewhere before he hits FA if he indicates that he won't resign or stay. That is issue number 1. Especially when Lopez will have to be resigned.

Secondly, the Nets won't make the trade unless Melo signs an extention (hence the stall in trade talks). They know not to gut the team if he isn't going to stay. Melo said he will sign a deal with the Knicks. His wife and he are from the East (he specifically is from NY), he played at Syracuse (also in NY), he said he wants his home court to be where the Big East holds the conference tournament (MSG). Everything the Knicks need to bring Melo in is in place. The only problem for the Knicks is they don't have the pieces to send Denver straight up and still be competitive. That is why you need to bring in a team like Memphis or Indiana or someone that has young pieces that would be willing to send a little and get a little to bridge the gap between what the Knicks can and will give and what Denver wants and will get. There is no risk to the Knicks making this move.

Everyone says Melo should wait because he can have his choice. I'm sure the Knicks want that too because the clock will run out and they will submit the offer and get Melo without giving anything up for him. However, they need to be pro-active because Denver will do anything they can to get something in return.

It will come down to 2 things. 1) Whether the Knicks can find a 3rd team to facilitate and bridge the gap between Denver and themselves and 2) If Melo agrees to sign somewhere other than with the Knicks like he said.

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