02.17.11

Denver To Walsh : Nice Team You Have There. We’ll Take It.

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While ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is once again scheduled for a confab with the highly coveted Carmelo Anthony, the New York Post’s Marc Berman claims Denver didn’t seek to merely rebuild in the event of an agreed-upon swap with Donnie Walsh (above) they’d instead be consuming (too) much of the New York Knicks’ roster.

According to an NBA source debriefed on Carmelo Anthony negotiations, Denver asked for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and a first-round pick (obtained via Anthony Randolph) for Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups.

Yes, it looks like the Nuggets demanded everything but James Dolan’s Radio City Music Hall.

Knicks management was flabbergasted, according to the league source. They fear such a proposal meant the Nuggets really didn’t want to do a deal with the Knicks. Not much has changed since, though the Knicks believe the Nuggets eventually will soften on taking either Gallinari or Chandler, not both. (Eddy Curry’s contract must be included for the salary-cap numbers to work).

It’s a fascinating gambit on the part of the Nuggets, who supposedly still prefer NJ’s Derrick Favors ; in the event New York capitulated to such demands, the Knicks might stand no greater chance of moving deep into this year’s playoffs than they do at the moment. If the entire 2010-11 season has simply been a prelude to an eventual pursuit of Chris Paul — and assembling a Big 3 than can rival Miami’s — MSG season ticket holders oughta be used to it by now. At some point in the decade, the Knicks might actually be about winning basketball games in the here and now.

4 Responses to “Denver To Walsh : Nice Team You Have There. We’ll Take It.”

  1. kendall1 says:

    Denver is making a mockery of the league.IMO,they really don’t want to give Melo to the Knicks that’s why they ask so much. Ether that or they are just plain crazy.
    If Carmelo is being truthful when he says it’s not the money and the 65 million on the table means nothing he would announce that he’ll stay with Denver for the remainder of the season and then sign with the Knicks. He can also demand that Denver accept the trade…. I think Melo and the Knicks already have their deal in place and are just going through the motions.

  2. knickerbocker says:

    I’m not saying this because im a knick fan but truthfully Denver’s a greedy team and obviously their asking for too much because they want melo to think that knicks don’t want him and want even trade for him. Also Denver the knicks have felton we don’t want billups we just want melo becuse one reason is that felton is younger and billups might retire within 2 or 3 years. Plus denver has quick efficient Ty lawson so it’s pointless. Obviously if you were to switch up gallo for chandler in the deal with curry and a pick they will take it and the melodrama would be overrrrr because come on as much knick fans don’t want to give up gallo he is a way better player than Derrick Favors and with trade it will almost be like melo never left. as for the Nets melo is not coming to brooklyn during a interview a reporter told melo he got traded to the nets melo said “whoooooo” with a priceless reaction. Deal or no deal Denver time is ticking!!!!

  3. bozostomper says:

    Funny how you clowns are so ready with expert analysis before the fact, then disappear when the events come to pass and you turn out to be mostly dead wrong.

  4. GC says:

    “in the event New York capitulated to such demands, the Knicks might stand no greater chance of moving deep into this year’s playoffs than they do at the moment”

    if by “events come to pass” you mean last night’s game in Cleveland, I’m a-ok with the passage quoted above.

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