Stop us if you’ve heard this one: New York closing in on Melo
Recently we spread the word on a Yahoo! report saying Melo’s people had informed teams that the Knicks were the only team he would sign an extension with. From there, there has been more movement towards an actual trade with New York, signaling a possible shift in Denver’s so-far ice-cold approach to dealing with the Knicks.
First, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Friday that Minnesota had entered into talks with the Nuggets and Knicks as a third partner. From Berger:
Then off that story, Chris Broussard advanced it by filling in some of the details of the players involved in a possible deal Saturday night:
Should this deal go through, it would mean an absolute coup for Donnie Walsh and the Knicks, a pretty perplexing move for Denver, and a pretty bad move for Minnesota.
The Knicks would be giving up Chandler, which is a shame given how he has played, but keeping Danilo Gallinari and offloading Eddy Curry to get Carmelo Anthony. It doesn’t solve their defensive issues nor their need for a legit center, but it’s adding an All-Star for Anthony Randolph, Wilson Chandler, and Eddy Curry. That’s a win.
The Nuggets? Going from Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and three first-round picks to Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and a first-rounder in exchange for Carmelo Anthony is kind of a disaster. Masai Ujiri kept pushing for more, more more in the Nets deal, and if this is what he walks away with from his All-Star, that’s a pretty terrible way to start your tenure as GM.
For the Timberwolves? Kahn. That’s about it. Anthony Randolph alongside Darko Milicic and Michael Beasley while paying Eddy Curry money and surrendering a first-round pick. You might as well rename them the Minnesota Island of Misfit Toys.
The deal isn’t imminent and as always, these deals are likely to fall apart at any time. But all signs are pointing towards the Knicks getting their Melo cake and eating it cheaply too.