“Lots of news out there today regarding the New York Knicks’ increasing chances and the New Jersey Nets’ decreasing chances of trading for Carmelo Anthony, ranging from a report of a supportive text message sent from Amare Stoudemire to Anthony to a report saying the Knicks have a 50-50 chance of getting Anthony to a report saying Anthony’s wife, LaLa Vazquez, will hold very little sway in the ultimate resolution of the Melodrama. As I first reported on Dec. 12, Anthony has made it known to the Nuggets that if he is traded, he will not agree to sign the $65 million extension that is on the table unless he is traded to the New York Knicks. I have stood by that report ever since, not wavering in my subsequent reporting, nor in every chat I have done over the past 30 days, nor in my “Things that make you go Hmmmmmm’ blog post from Monday, nor yesterday in my blog post about the Nicolas Batum factor. As ESPN colleague Chris Broussard is reporting in his news story today, nobody has been told by Anthony that he is agreeable to a trade that would send him to New Jersey. This all means the Knicks could still be in the catbird seat here unless Anthony warms to the Nets, or if the Nuggets decide to trade him to a team, such as Houston, that would be happy to use him as a rental for the rest of this season and then use him in a sign-and-trade over the summer (if sign-and-trades actually exist in the new collective bargaining agreement) if Anthony indeed opts out of the final year of his contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent.”- Chris Sheridan, ESPN New York
In another post to ESPN New York Jared Zwerling looks at a Plan B if the Knicks do not get Carmelo.
“While Carmelo Anthony remains on the Knicks’ mind, team president Donnie Walsh may have a Plan B if he doesn’t get the league’s most prized trade possession. According to the New York Post, if the Nets end up landing Melo and he agrees to a contract extension with them, the Knicks are expected to make Grizzlies center Marc Gasol their prime offseason target. Gasol, who is Pau’s younger brother and will be a restricted free agent this summer, is ‘the type of burly big man the roster lacks and team president Donnie Walsh covets.'”- Jared Zwerling, ESPN New York