KIYAN SOBHANI: Can the New York Knicks obtain Carmelo Anthony without giving up an important piece? The answer is yes. No matter who you ship off on the Knicks roster (besides Amar’e) for Melo you’re significantly improving that team. Randolph never really was that impressive for the Knicks. If the Knicks can get Melo playing alongside Amar’e and Felton they instantly become a contender. What a swing that would be. Especially if Chris Paul tagged along too and formed the next ‘big 3′ in the league – something that’s beginning to become a trend ever since Garnett and Ray Allen formed one in Bean Town.
If Melo choses the Nets, I think he’ll get more critics than Chris Bosh and Lebron James did when they chose to reunite with Dwayne Wade in Miami. There is nothing awaiting Melo in Jersey except for Jay-Z and Tomatoes. He has much more in store for him in Denver.
As of now though, it’s all speculation. We may see him ride out his contract with the Nuggets.
MIKE SILVA: Although the thought of pairing Amar’e Stoudemire with Carmelo Anthony is enticing, it can’t be done at the expense of gutting the roster. After ten years of a rudderless ship, the Knicks appear to be headed in the right direction with a young roster full of intriguing upside. That is why I am a proponent of Donnie Walsh monitoring the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but not trading either Danilo Gallinari or Anthony Randolph. In my opinion the waiting game works in the Knicks favor.
If Denver was serious about trading Anthony to New Jersey I believe they would have found a way to make the complicated four team trade work. It’s also hard to imagine teams trading for Melo without an extension attached to the deal. Anthony already has indicated that money won’t force him to accept a deal to an undesirable location. I grew up in Brooklyn and lived in the borough for 26 years. There is no way basketball on Atlantic Avenue will trump 2 Penn Plaza. Anthony going to New Jersey/Brooklyn is the equivalent of a star actor headlining off Broadway: it just isn’t the same.
Bottom line: I believe that Carmelo Anthony wants the Knicks, and the Knicks want Carmelo Anthony. If he does get traded it will be around the deadline, but more likely will sign as a free agent in the offseason. At that time Denver will be forced to accept a sign and trade, or risk losing him for nothing. Both scenarios should put the Knicks in a desirable position.
With Anthony you have a Knicks team with two stars (Stoudemire/Anthony), up and coming youngsters (Gallinari/Randolph/Mozgov), and complementary talent like Raymond Felton. That is a team to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference for years to come.