On Sunday, Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets will march to the Garden with a ton of speculation, that later this season or next year, Carmelo will call Madison Square Garden home.
“Knicks President Donny Walsh has aknowledged he is willing to make a trade that elevates his team into the NBA’s elite, but he has cautioned he will not gut the roster in doing
so,”- Chris Sherridan, ESPN New York.
I agree with Donny, there is no need to obtain Carmelo during this season. As of now, the asking price is extremely high for a man who is a free agent at the end of the season. Many with knowledge of the Knicks situation, believe it would take Danilo Galinari and Wilson Chandler to obtain Carmelo along with the young Anthony Randolph if the Knicks included dead-weight Eddy Curry. To me, giving up two NBA proven young talents in Danilo Galinari and Wilson Chandler, is too steep a price when Carmelo can be had at the end of the season.
It seems likely the Nuggets will deal Carmelo somewhere before the trade deadline. They have a three year extension on the table, and want to retain Carmelo without the danger of losing him to free-agency. This year is especially dangerous as the CBA(Collective Barganing Agreement) is up at the end of the year. The Nuggets are afraid they will not be able to sign Carmelo in a possible uncapped year, in which the Knicks or other teams could simply outbid them.
…I am not sure, but am leaning to the Knicks not making deals at this point. Now, the upcoming weeks in which the Knicks play some steep competition, in the Nuggets, Celtics, Heat and Magic, may change my mind, but I do believe that the chemistry this team has is too good to mess up. They are currently roling on a seven game winning streak, they have won 12 of 13, and are tied with Atlanta for the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-9. I dont want to screw this chemistry up by brining in a superstar like Carmelo who Howard Beck of the New York times told us last week has the same type of skill sets as Amare Stoudamire…
Note: Amare Stoudamire has tied a club record by having seven consecutive games with 30+ points.