Carmelo Anthony trade: New York Knicks deal featuring Danilo Gallinari looking more likely

We've known that Carmelo Anthony has wanted to play for the New York Knicks since that July wedding toast. The problem to date's been the lack of assets the Knicks have had to offer in exchange for his services. But a new report suggests that a fresh offer is in the works that might finally satisfy all parties.

The story comes courtesy of ESPN's Chris Sheridan. According to him, the Knicks have been dangling "Anthony Randolph, the expiring contract of Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick they would acquire from a third team" -- the definition of not enough. However, Sheridan reports that the Knicks are now more willing to include Danilo Gallinari in a deal.

Of course, Gallinari's not a name likely to excite Nuggets fans, either -- but a source tells Sheridan the Knicks might be willing to use him or Randolph "to acquire a player from a third team that the Nuggets value more highly than either of the Knicks forwards."

The key to taking this proposal from the theoretical to the actual will be finding another squad willing to part with the right puzzle piece -- never any easy task. Still, it's good news that Anthony remains a sought-after property. Sheridan notes that the Chicago Bulls are once again interested in his services, too -- although now that Joakim Noah has been locked down (and the Nugs are said not to like the size of Luol Deng's contract), that's a less likely scenario.

The Nuggets don't have to resolve this situation before opening at home against Utah on October 27, but it would be preferable for all parties involved not to let a state of Melo limbo stretch into the regular season. At this point, the Knicks' package remains underwhelming -- but one extra asset could change that situation. Let's hope it happens, and fast.

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