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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Knicks may be the last resort for Melo

By Jared Zwerling

While Carmelo Anthony may prefer the Knicks as a trade destination, the Nuggets have been reluctant to negotiate with them because of their unwillingness to give up Danilo Gallinari and Anthony Randolph (the Nuggets also realize Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler may not be available). But now there may be another reason why the Nuggets see the Knicks at the far end of the table. They believe New York may have done some "back-channel recruiting" of Anthony this past summer (ESPN.com), but Donnie Walsh is still determined to leave no stone unturned regarding Anthony's availability (CBSSports.com). Whatever the situation, the Nuggets are probably getting desperate. While Anthony told reporters at the team's media day yesterday that he never said he wanted to be traded, either Anthony has told the team privately he wants out now or he's given them assurances that he will test the free agent market next summer. He did tell George Lopez during a recent appearance on his show that if he were a free agent now, "That would be a different story" (The Huffington Post). If that's the case, the Nuggets don't want to be the Cavaliers of this summer and just see their superstar bounce like LeBron James did. They want to get something in return. The latest is that the the Nuggets have reached out to the Warriors to inquire about Stephen Curry and the Sixers could offer a packaged deal featuring rookie Evan Turner, the expiring contracts of Thaddeus Young and Jason Kapono, as well as future draft considerations (ESPN.com).

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