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Anthony only the latest to be featured in Knick rumors

Pick an All-Star. Any All-Star.

Okay, are you ready? The Knicks want him. Badly. And they are going to wait as long as it takes for him to become a free agent, and then sign him.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to the specifics. Specific as in an actual name and an actual date, but less so in the legitimately confirmed interest in a player that may not even be available at all in circumstances that could be significantly altered all during what could be a lockout crisis. But none of that really matters, right?

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

LeBron James this summer, Carmelo Anthony next summer? The Knicks actually are in position to work the 2010-2011 superstar exacta if things fall a certain way. Anthony, who headlines the 2011 free-agent class, visits the Garden tonight with the powerhouse Nuggets, looking to duplicate the 50 points he hung on the Knicks in Denver on Nov. 28 in a 128-125 win.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh has been on a campaign to alert the team’s fans that all the cap room does not have to be filled this July, when the Knicks have space to sign two maximum free agents. If they sign one maximum guy such as James or Joe Johnson and re-sign David Lee, they’ll probably be in position to have enough room for another maximum player in 2011, with Eddy Curry’s $12M coming off the books after next season.

Of course the Knicks want Anthony. He’s one of the best players in the league. But it’s a bit early to start talking 2011 free agency with so much to work out between now and then.

Perhaps more interesting is Donnie Walsh’s declaration that he won’t spent the Knicks cap space just to spend it, an obviously positive development for the Knicks that I’m cautiously accepting as a possible truth. After all, what if not only LeBron, Wade, and Bosh pass on the Knicks this summer, but Joe Johnson as well? I have a hard time believing that the Knicks wouldn’t aggressively pursue someone like Rudy Gay, else Walsh and Mike D’Antoni’s jobs could be the forfeit.