Report: Carmelo Available, Price Too High For Knicks
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NEW YORK (WFAN) – How much is too much for Carmelo Anthony?
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Anthony “could have been a Knick Monday if only team president Donnie Walsh were willing to meet Denver’s trade demands.”
Isola quotes an anonymous source, who says “there is a deal to be made,” although according to the report, Knicks president Donnie Walsh is unlikely to meet the Nuggets’ current trade demands.
The Knicks, according to the source, would have to give up Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, an unnamed third starter, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract, and “at least” one first-round draft pick in exchange for Anthony and Chauncey Billups.
“I think this thing is going to go right down to the wire,” Isola explained to WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Tuesday. “I still think the Knicks are debating whether or not to just try to wait until the summer to sign him outright, or maybe hope that Denver lowers its asking price a little bit.”
LISTEN: Boomer & Carton – Frank Isola breaks down Denver’s steep asking price for Carmelo Anthony
Anthony has had trade talk swirling around him from New York to Los Angeles since he declined a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nuggets in June.
Two deals with the New Jersey Nets have collapsed, others have heated up and cooled off, but many still expect he’ll be moved by the Feb. 24 trade deadline so the Nuggets don’t risk losing him to free agency next summer for nothing.
Further complicating matters is the option for Anthony to stay in Denver.
Last week, Anthony said he would “take a real hard look” at signing an extension with Denver if he isn’t dealt by the deadline.
“I was thinking it was something that I would take a real hard look at … and make my decision,” he said.
Would you give up Felton, Gallinari, Curry’s contract, and a first-round pick for Carmelo? Sound off in the comments below!
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