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Hesitant to Deal Favors, Nets Fall Behind in 'Melo Race, ESPN Reports

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.