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Nets Looking at Knick "Consolation Prize" if 'Melo Goes to New York

Chris Broussard, Ken Berger, Al Iannazzone and Chris Mannix report the Nets are looking for a consolation prize in the form of Knick players if Carmelo Anthony is traded to New York.

All are quoting sources who tell them the Nets are willing to send Denver two of their five first round picks in 2011 and 2012.

In return, the Nets would get Russian center Timofey Mozgov and Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler or Raymond Felton.  The Nets have been willing to send Denver four picks, their own and the Lakers, protected 1-18, in 2011, the Warriors 1-7 protected, and the Rockets, 1-14 protected.  The Nets also have their own pick in 2012, but could not package it with the Nets' 2011 pick.

The deals, Broussard reports, would be separate transactions and not an add-on to any Knick-Nugget deal (which also may include the Timberwolves). If such a deal went through it would save the Nuggets at least $6.5 million.  Iannazzone writes the rumor is real but may very well be a tactic to make the Knicks rethink their pursuit of 'Melo.