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January 21, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan
  (2:01 PM)

Good afternoon. Four in a row in the loss column, so I know y'all will want to talk about that -- along with a certain someone from Denver. So let's have at it ...

eyerishyank (Hoboken, NJ)

Think you have been tops on all the 'melo stuff...but in your interview with Kay yesterday on 1050 you said that you thought the knicks would ask for harrington back in a package...wouldnt taking his contract be something denver wants nyk to do, not the other way around?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:03 PM)

What I said was the Knicks would likely be willing to take back Harrington in a package despite his long money because a) they have no backup at the 4 if Randolph is traded and b) he was a pretty effective player for them off the bench last year, and c) Donnie Walsh has traded him or traded for him about 61 times. Remember, Denver wanted to dump long salary in the NJ deal, so it can be assumed they'd want to do the same in a Knicks deal.

bobby (westchester n.y)

hey chris ive noticed that you have stayed constant that melo only will sign a extension with the knicks but do you think he can become so frustrated by denver not willing to deal him there that he would be willing to sign a extension with another team just to get out of denver?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:10 PM)

I've always said there's a 5 percent chance he'd get traded elsewhere because there are a couple places that'd be desireable to him from a winning and/or contractual standpoint. Take the Lakers for example. If they could get him for Bynum, don't you think Melo would take the $83 million to stay there for the next four an a half seasons? I made the same argument with Orlando before they acquired Arenas, Turkoglu and J.Rich. And what about OKC? He'd have a much better chance of winning a championship there over the next five years than he would in NY if the Thunder could get him for Mo Pete, J.Green, D.Cook and the Clips' No. 1 that the Thunder own the rights to. So you never know. But I do know what he has told the Nuggets, which is that he'll only sign the extension with them, or, if traded, with the Knicks. And it is because of that that I think NY stands the best chance of ultimately acquiring him.

Cameron B (NYC)

Seriously, when will this Melopocalypse come to an end??

Chris Sheridan
  (2:14 PM)

It is like the LeBron story on steroids. This one has been on since training camps, with huge peaks and valleys. That one only lasted the first week of July. One thing to take note of is the Nuggets easy upcoming schedule after tonight vs. Lakers. They have Indiana at home, then a five-game trip to Wash., det., Cleve., Phila., NJ. They could go 6-1 over that stretch, which would solidify their playoff standing and give them pause to think about whether the best route to travel might be rolling the dice and see if they can get back where they were two years ago, thereby convining 'Melo to stay. It's maybe their best available option if they simply refuse to deal him to NY out of spite or a refusal to be lowballed.

Neil (NYC)

who's better Walker or Williams? I keep going back and forth between the two, they are like the same player...

Chris Sheridan
  (2:17 PM)

Good question. They are similar players, both have a nice 3-point shot despite totally different shooting strokes. Walker was a little more athletic before he hurt his knee. He may still get some of that back over time. And since they duplicate one another, one of them would likely be a throw-in in a Melo deal.

Neil (NYC)

Why haven't the Knicks been attempting to run the pick-and-roll as much with Felton/Amare, something that made them so successful during their great run just a few weeks ago?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:19 PM)

They try to run it as much as they can, but their offense is predicated on first looking to get that quick open shot before the defense is set. And with defenses collapsing to cheat in on Amar'e, it's harder to feed him the ball off that roll. That's one of the reasons why he is taking so many 15-footers this season compared to when he was with the Suns. (Not having Nash is another).

Kyle (Brooklyn)

Why is Denver wasiting time looking for a trade partner when they know Melo only wants NY? Even if a team is looking to rent, where is the thank you for all you've done we will accommodate you for your 7 years of service? Den is terribly managed...

Chris Sheridan
  (2:23 PM)

You can't blame the Nuggets for trying to get all that stuff they were going to get out of Jersey. That was a boatload of valuable merchandise: Favors, the Nets' own No. 1 (a lottery pick, which no one ever trades when they are a lock for the lottery), a second No. 1 and Devin Harris). If 'Melo hadn't refused to hold steadfast in his Knicks-or-nothing stance, the Nuggets would have fleeced the Nets and doomed them to replications of their 12-win disaster of 09-10 for their first five years in Brooklyn. Nets are better off using those assets to go into Brooklyn with an OKC plan.

Rhonda (clifton park)

Watching the Knicks lately is painful. They seem to be regressing in not moving the ball, giving up layups, and relying on jumpshots, like first few games of the year. Why?!

Chris Sheridan
  (2:27 PM)

They give up a lot of layups and second-chance points when they are playing without Turiaf, and we've all seen by now how relucatnt Stoudemire is to even put his hands up when he is in danger of foul trouble. He plays whistle-shy defense when he's in danger of going to the bench. And aside from those two guys, Chandler is their only other key interior defender. And even though his blocked shot totals are impressive, you never really want to have a team on which Chandler is your third most important interior defender. As far as relying on jump shots, Rhonda, they are never, ever going away from that. D'Antoni loves the 3. It is 50 percent more valuable than a 2. That's a piece of fundamental mathematics that he has always tried to use to his advantage in his coaching philosophy.

Isaac (NYC)

What is your sense of how the Nuggets rate Wilson Chandler, Gallo and Landry Fields?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:30 PM)

I am told they like Fields, they like Chandler but don't want a key piece of the trade to be a player entering free agency, and they are not all that enamored of Gallinari. So that's why a lot of people think this ends up being a three- or four-way trade in which Chandler ends up with a team that would not be entering the type of rebuilding mode Denver would be moving toward.

Ryan (NYC)

Anyway the Knicks can pry Nene' out of a potential Denver deal? He's a perfect fit for the Knicks need at C.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:31 PM)

Melvin Ely is the best they can hope to do there, Ryan.

REALLY IMPORTANT CAP question (NY / Atl)

If June 30 comes around and there is no new CBA, can the Knicks sign 'Melo under the terms of the old CBA on July 1 (assuming there is no lockout on July 1)?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:33 PM)

The current CBA expires June 30. The one that replaces it will contain the free agency rules under which the Knicks and everyone else would have to operate from July 1 onward, and nobody yet knows what those rules are going to look like.

Nick ((Flushing))

Do you think the Knicks are going to pick up Melo? He's mentioned he wants to come to the garden and hopefully the Knicks will put up a deal that the Nuggets will be intrested in. The knicks could really use that one star player to help out Amare when Gallo's threes go dry and when the bench cant produce.

Chris Sheridan
  (2:35 PM)

If they get him, it's about much more than just this season. It's about having him and Amar'e as the foundation pieces locked up and under contract through the 2014-15 season. That's a long time, and that's the same amount of time the Heatles are going to be together in Miami.

tony (florida)

Do you think that Melo will make the Knicks a championship team?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:38 PM)

They'd be a championship contender by the end of NEXT season. This season, at the very least, they'd be a handful for somebody in the first round.

Daniel (NY)

Would the Birdman be out of the question as a throw-in in a Melo deal?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:40 PM)

No. He has a long contract and a very bad back after taking that nasty spill in his first game back after missing the first 25 or so of the season. Balkman is another long money prospect in any Denver trade. Andersen would also replace the tattoo count that Chandler currently supplies.

Ed (NJ)

Yes Shawne Williams and Bill Walker have some great games shooting the basketball but they have always had a number of games where they combine for 4 or 5 points.. I just dont understand why on those nights when the 3 isnt falling that Coach doesnt give Randolph a chance.. the team is lacking hustle, rebounding and effort I think Randolph could give the team a spark

Chris Sheridan
  (2:42 PM)

They are planning to trade him and don't want him to get hurt. That's what it basically comes down to IMO. Same with Curry.

Justin (Brooklyn)

Is there any way that the Knicks end up with Billups in a Carmelo deal...

Chris Sheridan
  (2:44 PM)

No. Couldn't make the money match unless it was a three-team deal, and Knicks are ecstatic with Felton.

Michael Sweetney and Fredric Weis (Unknown)

Where are we?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:45 PM)

Forever in Knicks first-round lore, like J.Mustaf.

Sean (Jersey City, NJ)

Major sports leagues and unions have always looked disproportionately to protect the interests of the top players. Does Stern not see the value in drawing the world's top talent to the NBA with large max salaries? Why is everyone assuming that max players are going to get killed under the new CBA when history tells us that it is the mid-grade players who take a beating in collective bargaining?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:47 PM)

I do not understand why people are buying that argument either. Bottom line: If the players union puts a deal to a vote that dratically cuts existing salaries, it will not get ratified and Billy Hunter will get fired.

Jorge (NY)

Hey chris great stuff on melo...how far along are the knicks in terms of talking with denver to get a deal done ?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:48 PM)

They speak more often than Donnie Walsh would have people believe. But they are not getting clear timetable signals from Denver, which is understandable from the Nuggets' perspective. They want to do all they can to keep the Knicks guessing.

Donnie (LA)

Doesn't it behoove Walsh to try and get a deal done for Melo now, so they have the MLE to play with in the summer and don't have to renounce some nice bench pieces?

Chris Sheridan
  (2:52 PM)

I repeat: The No. 1 reason to get the deal done NOW is to lock him up through 2014-15 alongside Amar'e. This is a long-term thing, not a short-term thing. If they get him, the rules of the new CBA will not impact their pursuit of a second superstar, which has been the ultimate goal of the four-year plan that began 2 1/2 yars ago. If they get him now, they know exactly what main long-term pieces they'll have coming out of a lockout. And the MLE might not even exist in the new deal (although the union has asked for two of them).

MP (Atl / NY)

Saddens me that we've given up on AR. In 2 years, he's gonna be tearing up the league, and we're AGAIN gonna be looking for a Center, having just traded away 2 decent ones (Hill and Randolph)...

Chris Sheridan
  (2:57 PM)

Hill and Z.Randolph were PFs, they just played C for Knicks (same as David Lee). To the Knicks, AR is a better asset as a healthy trade chip right now. If the deadline passes and they don't get Melo, I could see them going to AR for 13-14 minutes a game. He is their only backup PF, and they could need him in the playoffs, or down the stretch if Stoudemire gets injured or keeps racking up technical fouls and the accompanying one-game suspensions that begin with No. 16. (He has 12 techs now).

Andy (NY)

What happened to Randolph... when the D Lee trade went down Coach was raving about all the possibilities and ways he wanted to use AR... did it really only take 2 or 3 weeks for the Knicks to give up on him..

Chris Sheridan
  (2:58 PM)

My favorite AR line from D'Antoni came in training camp: "He's going to guard everyone from Dwight Howard to Rajon Rondo."

ASN (NY)

There's constant mention of Gallo/Chandler/Fields as part of a trade. Why would the Knicks be willing to give up any of the 3? Fields has far surpassed all expectations for his rookie season, Chandler has been growing, and Gallo was the guy they chose to keep when they were dumping everyone left and right. Maybe giving up one of these guys makes sense, to get a major player like Melo, but if they give up too many then they aren't really helping themselves because they need to replace the guys they gave up.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:02 PM)

At the end of the day, they'd probably have to give up two of the three to provide the Nuggets with enough value to trump whatever other offers will be out there. I think the Knicks would prefer to give up only one of those three, but I also can't see Fields being a dealbreaker when it comes to geting a player like Carmelo Anthony and having him for the next 4 1/2 years.

Chris Sheridan
  (3:02 PM)

Over and out.