| News |

Carmelo Anthony trade: NY Knicks mull Melo price as pressure builds on Lakers to make move

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Reports that Amare Stoudemire's toe injury had ratcheted up pressure on the Knicks to make a Carmelo Anthony trade happen apparently weren't enough to get a Melo deal done yesterday. Meanwhile, the Lakers' alleged interest in Melo has been denigrated as a non-story -- but after the Lake Show's humiliation versus Charlotte last night, should it be?

The New York Daily News' Frank Isola writes that "Carmelo Anthony could have been a Knick Monday if only team president Donnie Walsh were willing to meet Denver's trade demands, which one team official classified as 'steep.'"

How steep? A source tells Isola the Nuggets want three starters, including Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton, as well as "Eddy Curry's expiring contract and at least one first-round pick." For that, the Knicks would get Anthony and Chauncey Billups, who seemed likely to stay a Nugget after the collapse of talks with the New Jersey Nets.

Isola notes that the Nuggets have also been talking with the Chicago Bulls, but Denver's interest in making Joakim Noah part of the transaction is a deal-breaker.

In the meantime, the Los Angeles Times' Marc Heisler portrays rumors that the Lakers were willing to send Andrew Bynum to Colorado for Anthony's services an example of ESPN pumping up a story to fill airtime. "Next," he concludes, "ESPNLA.com asks Lakers fans if they've seen Bigfoot!"

Then again, the Lakers' last two performances -- a loss to Orlando preceded the mauling by the Bobcats -- certainly suggests L.A. can't expect to cruise to a third straight championship with its present lineup. No wonder that this morning brings "L.A. Lakers: Do the Defending Champs Need To Make a Deadline Deal To Repeat?," in which contributor Bleacher Reports contributor Stephen Patterson prominently mentions Melo.

The prospect of the Lakers getting into the Anthony game for real remains ultra-unlikely. But the longer the Knicks wait to pull the trigger, the greater the odds that a dark horse will enter the field.

More from our Sports archive: "Carmelo Anthony trade: Mark Warkentien to be groomed as general manager for Melo's Knicks?"

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.