Report: Knicks Improve Offer, ‘Close In’ On Carmelo

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Knicks may be one step closer to acquiring Carmelo Anthony.

According to the Denver Post, the Knicks are “closing in” on a deal that would send the Denver Nuggets’ superstar to New York.

“The teams talked through the weekend and are working out the final details of what would be a blockbuster trade,” the Post reported Monday. “NBA commissioner David Stern did not want a major trade announced on the day of the All-Star Game.”

Citing anonymous NBA sources, the paper has New York sending Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and a first-round draft pick to Denver for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and either Anthony Carter or Renaldo Balkman.

Meanwhile, the NY Post is reporting that New York’s final offer is “on the table … for Denver to accept or not by Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.”

Also according to the NY Post, Anthony is “expected to inform the Nets by today at the latest” whether he will accept a trade and sign an extension to play with New Jersey.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh has been patient in his approach with Anthony, who can become a free agent after the season. The Knicks could just sign him then without having to give up any of their young core in a trade with the Nuggets, but Anthony would prefer a deal during the season so he’d be eligible for the three-year, $65 million extension he’s refused to sign with Denver.

“An extension will come into play, regardless of the situation,” Anthony said. “I haven’t talked to anybody today from the Denver Nuggets organization, so as of right now, I’m still a Nugget.”

The Melo-Drama reached perhaps its most bizarre point Sunday. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov essentially said the Nets drove up the Knicks’ price.

“I think we made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks to pay as much as they can,” Prokhorov said. “So it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive.”

Equally strange, the Knicks hierarchy insisted they were unified in their pursuit of the All-Star forward amid reports Isiah Thomas was pulling the strings.

“We want to make it abundantly clear that we have been in constant communication throughout this process and the three of us are in complete agreement with everything that we are currently working on. Together, we will do what is best for the long-term success of the franchise,” said the statement, which was attributed to James Dolan, Walsh and Mike D’Antoni.

“In addition, we want to make it clear that no one from outside our organization has been involved in this process in any way,” the statement read.

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The New York Daily News reported Dolan met Thursday with Anthony in Los Angeles, and Yahoo! Sports reported the Knicks had increased their offer to the Nuggets to include three starters, triggering speculation the owner was overruling his basketball people because he wanted a trade done before Thursday’s deadline.

However, there are still those pesky Nets.

The Nets still believe Anthony would agree to sign a contract extension with them that would be a prerequisite to making the deal, despite previous reports that he would only do so if traded to the Knicks.

“I was just listening,” Anthony said of his meeting Saturday with the Nets. “I didn’t give anybody a definitive answer. It was a good meeting to have. I’m not going to talk about the selling points and all that stuff. It was interesting. It’s hard for me to sit here and talk about what the Nets can do, because I’m not in a Nets uniform.”

Prokhorov told CNBC on Sunday he had a “fantastic” meeting with Anthony on Saturday night. The Russian billionaire had pulled the Nets out of talks last month, and even after they were recently renewed he said he originally had no plans to meet with Anthony during the All-Star weekend.

“As you know, my instinct was to stay away and I still think that is (the) right decision,” Prokhorov said. “But when the meeting was fixed, (Nets general manager) Billy King called me and said, ‘We need you.’ I was convinced and I still think I’m right to stay away, but we have teamwork so sometimes we need to be all together.”

Asked at Staples Center before the All-Star game if he had any news on a deal, Prokhorov said: “I don’t care.”

While the Tri-State area obsessed over “MeloWatch” this weekend, Amar’e Stoudemire endorsed another chip in the potential trade.

“Chauncey (Billups is) obviously a solid player,” Stoudemire said. “They call him ‘Big Shot’ for a reason.”

Billups would become the Knicks’ new point guard if Raymond Felton is dealt in the Melo deal.

“I want what’s best for the franchise,” he added. “I do want a championship. We have to go about it the smart way.”

Will we finally see an end to the Knicks-Carmelo saga this week? Let us know what you think below!

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pixy Report: Knicks Improve Offer, Close In On Carmelo
  • ro

    Hate nets don’t want them in brooklyn let them stay in NJ.

  • ro

    I’d will like to have melo but I hope it don’t bite us back like it happend with marburry,anthony mason ect.



  • Michael

    I don’t like this trade. The Knicks are giving up too many players. The are getting more scoring with Anthony. The Knicks are already 2nd in the league in scoring.
    The Knicks need a big man and a player who can defend. I’m not dissing Anthony
    but he does not play defense. We;re giving up scoring for scoring and less flexibility to sign new players with big contact money. Anthony may be the bomb but the tnt will destroy the Knicks overall team roster. I know you can’t count on next season’s salary structure but let’s not make rash impulsive decisions.

  • sheldon

    I stress … this trade will make the knicks more then compaetive, this makes the knicks a very dangerous team come playoff time … ppl has to remember that roll players can be replaced … and that’s all you have in galo and chandler, melo is arguably the best score in the lead … he’s a winner and he’s wants to play here and he’s not a afraid of the bright lights, he’s top 2 or top 3 player in th lead … perhaps some might want to push it some and say he’s top 4 player in the lead … he’s born and bread in bklyn ny, this is home and he’ll help them perhaps finally bring a championship back to new york it’s been about 37 yrs since the knicks has won a championship and this is opportunity they can’s let slip by … I think donnie walsh has done a excellent job … freeing up cap room, making the relevant, and given a chance to bring a superstar such as melo to new york, the signing of amare was big … the felton factor was major and l. Fields, pick up was hugh … and I think mr. Dolan head has no choice but to reward donnie with a extention, especially if they bring melo, home, now is the time and the time is now … it the meol deal them done, which would put them steps away from a championship caliber team …I’m excited and I think all of new york city, true and knowledgeable fans … who really and truly know basketball will be in agreement with this trade … get it done, let’s go knicks !!!! :-)

  • steve

    now new york can work around amar’e and melo. Gallo, chandler and felton will not get any better!.

  • Melo comes to NYC

    Everyone’s making a big deal about the Knicks giving up too much. Do people realize that we have to renounce Chandler’s rights at the end of the season anyway in order to sign Melo as a free agent? In sense the trade is Gallo/Felton for Melo/Billups, is just that it is five months earlier. The other players are irrelevant since they don’t even see the court. This is why you do this now, to secure the player. I do however would like to see Melo step up here and take less money in the extension to give the Knicks future cap flexibility. Instead of signing over 20 mil a year, make it 16-17 like the Miami trio. The knicks could be in trouble in the future with two players making over 20 mil, not much flexibility there. He says he wants to win championships, then prove it. There’ll be plenty of other opportunities to make up the difference in NYC.

  • sheldon

    I think it’s a trade, that the knicks must do, gallo is a roll player and so is chandler …. I like what felton brings to the table, but we all know once melo gets here, chris paul is almost sure 2 follow, if not d. Williams, will also b on the free agent block … this a chance 2 solidify a second superstar, I mean look @ boston, look @ maimi and look @ La and if the knicks intend on becoming a championship caliber team …. they must bring melo home, keep ing mind …. that mr . Big shot, aka bilups, is far from washed up, and will give a chance as floor general, to competein in the playoff, amare needs help … and with bilups and melo, help is on the way … shelden williams another body … a rebounding presents as well, we all know hw athletic, r balkman is as well … and roll place can b replaced, but supstars like melo is hard 2 come by … I say make the trade, and make the knicks more the competive … by make this trade, this will enable the knicks to be more then competive, this will make them a very dangerous team come playoff time, and alot closer to a champonship caliber … get it done, let’s go knicks !!! :-))

  • Trish

    Stupid trade… they are giving too much for one player in the hopes that they will get to the playoffs. I hope Melo does not get hurt.

  • Samuel Eliacin

    I think the Melo saga will end by the end of the day. There are 3 days left before the trade deadline and Denver probably will look to move Nene as well so that will require a day or two to work on. In the end I believe it’s a far trade because Melo gives us what we lose in Gallo and Chandler and more. I do however question if Billups at this point can run a fast paced Dantoni offense at this point in his career. How much will losing Felton affect the Knicks?

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