Carmelo Would ‘Take A Real Hard Look’ At Extension

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The good news: New York is still considered to be in the lead for Carmelo Anthony.

The bad news: Donnie Walsh’s Knicks have company.

According to the Daily News, the Denver Nuggets are going to take offers for Anthony until right before the February 24 trading deadline expires.

“The plan is to wait until as close to the 24th as they can, and see what other teams are going to offer between now and then,” said a Daily News source. “They’re in no rush.”

Frank Isola reported on Tuesday that Los Angeles’ Jim Buss rejected a deal that would send Carmelo to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum, “to the dismay” of Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.

“Andrew is beloved by Jim Buss, and that’s that,” a source close to Buss said.

A Lakers official refuted the report, telling the L.A. Times, “What’s out there is inaccurate.”

Also considered to be possible destinations for Anthony are the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.

Further complicating matters is the option for Anthony to stay in Denver.

Anthony said he would “take a real hard look” at signing a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets if he isn’t dealt by the NBA’s Feb. 24 deadline, according to the Denver Post.

Meanwhile, the Daily News reported on Tuesday that Knicks owner James Dolan “is taking a more active role” in the pursuit of Anthony and “has had direct negotiations” with the Nuggets.

“Dolan’s decision to become more involved in the Anthony trade talks is a sign that the Knicks are closing in on a deal for the All-Star forward,” reported the paper.

“A lot of GMs believe ’Melo’s agent is trying to make the Knicks believe a deal could get done with the Lakers to get the Knicks to give more,” said one league executive, according the the NY Post.

Knicks fans are hoping the reported three-team negotiations between New York, Minnesota and Denver will be enough to land Carmelo at MSG.

The Post reported on Monday that the Knicks have discussed adding Wilson Chandler, Anthony Randolph, rookie Andy Rautins, and the expiring contracts of Kelenna Azubuike and Eddy Curry to the trade mix.

Minnesota would send a first-round draft pick and Corey Brewer to the Nuggets, while adding Randolph and Curry from New York.

Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire spoke with reporters on Tuesday, and said the Carmelo rumors can’t “affect your game and your professionalism.”

“You still have a game to play. You have practice. You have teammates depending on you,” Stoudemire said. “So you have to continue to stay professional and continue to work.”

With all the talk surrounding him, Anthony has remained tight-lipped.

“I don’t really want to talk about that, man,” he said on Monday night. “I’m not talking about no Nuggets management right now.”

Will the Knicks land ‘Melo, or will he end up with the Lakers? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Shawn Sypher

    the knicks better get carmelo becuse if he signs with denver were not getting him for another three years, then knicks management will say ohh ok well get dwight howard or chris paul in three years and it will go on forever you need two big superstars to win in this leauge, if we have to give up gallo chandler and fields do it it will be worth it well be better then a 500 team i gurantee it

  • Nick

    I just love how this is a rigged poll to overwhelmingly have fans predict the Knicks. No Nets choice? No “other” choice?

  • harold jones from Bayonne

    We don’t need melo. He’s a complainer that will ruin the team.

    Dolan listen to me . let the lakers have melo

    • new.lamby

      Dear Mr., Jones.

      What do you know about running a sports team. Obviously not much. Without Carmelo, or melo as you so say to make your self esteem seem cool in your empty like, is more athletic and talented than anyone on NY Knickerbockers right now.If we stay with your stupid logic, mediocrity will stay forever

  • Marty

    I hate to say this but if Kobe really wants Melo, the Lakers get Melo.

  • Josh Landau

    Carmelo Anthony will be a Knick by the trade deadline. Melo, Amare, Felton, Gallo, can u say championship? Lebron can now suck our balls. I am a home an i like it when i get rim jobs from other guys.

  • Sal Gobernaly

    If I was the Knicks, my offer would go down as the deadline approaches. Nuggets are between a rock and a hard place.

    If I’m the Nets, I stay out of it, keep developing Favors, and package picks to trade up in the draft, or acquire players to trade later.

    And all this BS about losing money if Melp doesn’t sing the extension??? If they cut the cap by any substantial amount, say 20%, they are going to have to roll back salaries 20% also, or else alot of teams out there gonna be F’d.

  • Hal Mann

    If Dolan is taking on a more active riole, expect disaster. Incompetent boobs rarely succeed. Dolans only know how to succeed when they enjoy a monopoly advantage.

  • Tony

    Yeh man i hear u. It would be messed up if Melo decides to sign an extension with the Lakers if the trade was to go down. After everything he said about his dream being to play in NY in front of his home fans. It would be heart breaking and devasting to Knick fans and even for ppl who arent really big baseketball fans. Everyone wants a team to cheer for, but if your hometown team has been bad for 10 years no one wants to admit that their a Knick fan until their relevant again. Melo to NY would draw so many more fans and create more ticket sales and buzz around the whole NBA. I just dont know if he would stab us in the back esp since he is a New Yorker. I wish he would wait it out til free agency and sign with the Knicks so Denver could lose him for nothing for being so Greedy. Denvers management has absolutely no idea what their doing. Walsh needs to get this deal done and Dolan needs to butt out so we dont get setback another 10 years.

  • Angel Betances

    If the Donnie Walsh allows another big ticket superstar go, I dont know if New Yorkers can take it. LeBron James snubbed us and the city of Cleveland on National TV, Cliff Lee was in the grasp of the Yankees last July only to lose him to the Rangers and then underbid by the Phillies this past offseason.

    The Knicks cannot afford to lose out on this deal. Without a doubt the Knicks need Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks fans DEMAND Carmelo Anthony. New York needs Melo and deserves Melo. I don’t know if I can sit here and endure having my emotions toyed with over and over again only to be devastated by a superstar athlete saying he is “COMING TO NEW YORK…”!

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