As Ken Berger has said, the Knicks appear to just be laying back in the weeds with this whole Carmelo Anthony saga. They aren't out making a bunch of noise about what they want or who they'd deal.
But according to the New York Daily News, Knicks president and general manager Donnie Walsh is willing to trade Daniilo Gallinari, rokkie sensation Landry Fields, Eddy Curry's dead body and huge expiring contract and future first-round picks (plural) for Carmelo.
Is that deal better than the 16-team, 500-player megadeal the Nets are putting together? Probably not. But if the Nuggets keep dragging their feet along, it could be the deal that happens because Denver isn't going to NOT trade Anthony. And of course if Melo doesn't agree to sign that extension anywhere but New York, this deal might be the best the Nuggets can do.
Walsh spoke to reporters on Tuesday about Anthony Randolph's desire to be traded and his belief that he can get a first-round pick for the disgruntled power forward. During that conversation Walsh stated that he's done talking about the Anthony speculation. Man, I wish I could say the same thing.
"I'm not saying anything about Denver," Walsh told the New York Post . "Nothing. Because it get misconstrued and rearranged."
The Post's story is assuming that Walsh feels the Knicks are being used for leverage. There was that now apparently incorrect report out there that the Nuggets threatened the Nets that they'd trade Melo to New York if the Nets didn't stop leaking info. So it's easy to see how Walsh could feel that way.
"I'm not saying I'm trading for anybody and you guys are acting like I am and [I] haven't said a word that way," Walsh said.