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Opening Tip: Time for a trade?

2/11/2013

Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: Carmelo Anthony says the Knicks shouldn't make a move at the trade deadline. What do you think?

Anthony has stated twice in the past two days that the Knicks shouldn't make any moves at the trade deadline.

Here's his rationale: the Knicks are in first place in the Atlantic Division and, entering play Monday, were just 2 1/2 games back of Miami for first-place in the Eastern Conference.

"I love this team. I love the chemistry we have on this team. And if it ain't broke, don't fix it," Anthony said.

The Suns have shown interest in Iman Shumpert, dangling guard/forward Jared Dudley as a trade chip. A team source told ESPNNewYork.com that a deal involving Shumpert is 'unlikely' at this point.

Shumpert, a second-year player an a salary-cap friendly contract, is one of the few pieces on the Knicks roster coveted by other teams.

Amar'e Stoudemire is playing well, but his contract is prohibitive. Ronnie Brewer is widely known as a strong defender, but his value is low at this point in the season. Chris Copeland and James White are end-of-the-rotation players for contending teams.

The Knicks are a "win-now" team, but there doesn't seem to be a deal out there that will put them over the top in the East. At least one that makes sense for both parties.

For what it's worth, Tyson Chandler agrees with Anthony's assertion that the Knicks should stand pat at the deadline.

"I feel like with the unit we've got, we've got a great unit. All (trade speculation) does is bring negativity to the locker room," Chandler said.

QUESTION: You've heard what Chandler and Anthony have had to say on the issue. What do you think? Should the Knicks make a deal before the Feb. 21 deadline? If so, what trade should they make?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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