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Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:50 pm
Leon Rose, agent for Carmelo Anthony, is reportedly telling teams his client will only sign a contract extension with the New York Knicks. Posted bycarmelo-anthony Ben Golliver.

It's been a slow week or two in the Carmelo Anthony trade talks, which is unusual as the clock is ticking down pretty quickly to the trade deadline, which is now less than three weeks away. Why the slowdown? The most obvious explanation: Anthony only wants to be traded to the Knicks and the Knicks are smart enough to wait until this offseason rather than trading for him.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, is indeed telling NBA teams that Anthony has his eyes set on the Big Apple.
Several sources told Yahoo! Sports that Carmelo Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has recently begun informing teams that the All-Star forward is interested in signing a contract extension with only the New York Knicks. The stance has weakened the Denver Nuggets’ leverage in trying to deal Anthony, not only to other teams, but also the Knicks.
The sources said the Knicks don’t feel pressed to present a substantial trade offer to the Nuggets because they think they can also sign Anthony after the season if he opts out of his contract, as expected. “If you’re New York, you just sit and wait until the offseason,” one general manager said. “That’s where it’s likely to go. Why give up assets to get him now when you can wait and get him next season?”
Said another source: “If ’Melo is telling the world he wants to go [to New York], why fight so hard to get him? [Knicks president] Donnie Walsh knows this.”
This report falls into a well-established narrative that dates back to December, when's Ken Berger reported on Melo's Knicks-or-bust stance, a position that was reiterated by his sources in January as well. Of course, Anthony also called playing in his hometown his "ultimate dream" in a January interview too.

So how would Anthony get to the Knicks via trade prior to the deadline? It would take some help, as it's accepted as fact at this point that Denver Nuggets management is not enthralled with New York's available trade pierces.

On Friday, Berger reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team loaded with tons and tons of free cap space, may have emerged as a potential facilitator for a trade between the Denver Nuggets and Knicks.
While the Nuggets realize they will have to seriously engage the Knicks in trade talks for Anthony before the Feb. 24 deadline, a third team already has stepped into the on-deck circle as a potential facilitator if talks between Denver and New York ever gain traction. That team, sources say, is the Timberwolves, who are willing to absorb Eddy Curry's $11.3 million expiring contract in a three-team scenario that would send Anthony Randolph to Minnesota and Anthony to New York. In this scenario, which one executive involved deemed "unlikely," the Wolves would simply waive Curry after the trade. Depending on the timing, Curry would likely have only five paychecks remaining for a total of $4.7 million. So taking on Curry would involve little or no cost to Minnesota; if the Wolves could negotiate a $3 million buyout covering the remainder of Curry's salary, that tab would be fully picked up by the Knicks, who could send as much as $3 million cash to Minnesota in the trade. But Curry's $11.3 million cap number would help make the complicated trade math work in a three-team deal. The Nuggets aren't interested in Curry's expiring contract, sources say, and the only other team with enough cap space to take it on without sending back equal salary is Sacramento -- which has yet to be invited into any Knicks-Nuggets discussions. If the Knicks and Nuggets aren't going to do business before the deadline, perhaps leaving Anthony in free-agent limbo heading into a new collective bargaining agreement, then Minnesota would still be interested in Randolph -- and would be willing to give up a low first-round pick and absorb Roger Mason ($1.4 million) into their cap space in a one-on-one deal.
The ball is squarely in Denver's court. Their choices: re-assess what New York has to offer and accept the discount, pray that the New Jersey Nets execute an about-face and re-enter trade talks, sell Melo for pennies on the dollar to a contender that doesn't require an extension to pull a trade, or hold onto him and watch him walk away for nothing in free agency this summer. All things considered: putting something together with the Knicks still seems like the best, most realistic option.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:56 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Send him to the Knicks!!

Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:38 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Chandler, Randolph, and Curry's expiring contract are all we are willing to part with. A good deal when you consider that we will get Melo in free agency for NOTHING. Fields and Gallo are not tradeable, there is no discussion about it. Don't like the proposal? Fine, lose Melo like Cleveland lost Lebron. The big difference is that Leboob totally screwed Cleveland by not telling them anything. Melo has made it perfectly clear from the outset what his plans are.

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:01 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

i would love for you to send everyone a list of these players that you say are better than Melo, please be sure to include realistic stats that support this cause i belive that you are high on crack.

Since: Jan 22, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:18 am

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Love how the NBA slaps the Knicks on the hand with a miniscule 200k (in NBA terms) for violating a league policy on player workouts over a three year period, instead of penalizing them a first round pick at minimum.   Wonder why that is?  Could that first round pick mean the difference between Melo and no Melo for the beloved Knicks?  League proves once again, it is a joke.

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 4:07 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

At his position?? your on something good bro!!! Besides Lebron and Durant who can you even compare to him. He's been in the Top 3 at his position his entire career. You can't talk trash when you have nothing to back it up genius. You can't compare forwards to guards or centers, they are totally differant positions clown. Put Dwight Howard at the point and see how good he would be. I will give you Lebron or Durant, they are both amazing players but Melo is easily top 5 in the NBA. Kobe, Lebron, Durant, Melo, Rose, Top 5

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:32 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Hey REDWINGS - Send me some of whatever you and the Denver Nuggets are smoking!!
The Celts are deaf, blind, cripple and over after this year so you can go cry in your clam chowder!!!

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:24 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

PLEASE everyone...scroll down and read the last statement by  and reply to this tool! You're opinion is biased Red. You are a clown for your statements. Nothing you said is even remotely a sound argument. Follow the orders of the previous poster regarding finding that roof to jump off. Get in line buddy!

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:07 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Denver is getting just what they deserve after after spending tow months dickin around with New Jersey Nyets!!
Just take Chandler, Corey Brewer, the 1st Rd Pick and over $28M in freed up cap space for 2011-12 and shut up!!
It's just business, never personal folks!!!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:59 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

I cannot stand the incessant whining and stupidity that some of you seem so infatuated with. 

1.  Free Agents can decide where they damn well want to play.  You can hate Lebron for going to Miami, and you can hate Melo for wantign to play for NY.  But the fact is that both of these guys played out their contracts and now they want to choose where they want to play.  All you commentors who post incredibly stupid stuff like Melo having no respect for his team should just stop posting all together because that's not what this is about.

2.  Lebron made the mistake of not telling Cleveland his plans.  the result: a record 24 game losing streak and worse still to come. Cleveland got nothing out of it.  Melo, at the very least already told Denver he wants out.  now it's up to them to decide what they can get for Melo.  Denver has the luxury of knowing, something Cleveland didn't, and now they can at least do something with it.  All you guys paiting Melo as some kind of thug who betrayed his team need to get your facts straight. 

3.  If you are going to post retarded shit like Melo is organizing a coup, or that the NBA sucks, then just log off right now, run to the roof your building and jump off.  You will increase the collective IQs of the world.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:10 pm

Carmelo Anthony's agent says Knicks only?

Hey Denver, trade Mello to the Knicks and get at least something for him.  Or you could hold onto him praying he'll resign.  Ask Cleveland how that worked out.

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