ESPN is reporting that the Knicks are moving in the lead position in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes while the Nets have faded, because they are "growing disinclined to include rookie Derrick Favors in a trade." ESPN cited a "league source."
The Knicks' offer, according to Chris Sheridan, would likely be the centerpiece of a multi-team trade. The Knicks would give up Anthony Randolph or Danilo Gallinari, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and a first round pick the Knicks would acquire. Previous reports have the Knicks willing to give up Wilson Chandler for a pick. Alan Hahn of Newsday reports that there's "nothing imminent, or even in the negotiating stage" but that the Nuggets are finally willing to talk with the Knicks.
The Nets had been willing to give up Favors in an earlier four team trade that would also have sent Devin Harris to Charlotte and two first round picks to Denver. Trade speculation is on the rise again because the Nuggets have hired Pete D'Alessandro, an accomplished capologist, to help the Denver brain trust work a deal.
- Source: New York Knicks making progress on Carmelo Anthony trade - Chris Sheridan - ESPN
Source: Nuggets finally considering Knicks in Melo deal - Alan Hahn - New York Newsday
- The Carmelo Story - Al Iannazzone - In the 'Zzone
- Nets hope Favors can be used as trade chip to pry Anthony away from Nuggets - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
- Nets forward Derrick Favors stops worrying about foul trouble; Carmelo Anthony talks shift to Knicks - Conor Orr - Nets Blast
- Knicks willing to deal Gallinari to land Melo? - Zach Lowe - Sports Illustrated
Carmelo Anthony shrugs off latest New York trade rumor - Chris Dempsey - Denver Post
Melo goes about business amid latest speculation - AP