Q: Are the New Jersey Nets still in the Melo sweepstakes?
A: They believe they are, because that is what they are being told by the Nuggets and by Anthony's camp. But the reality is that they are out of it and have been for a long time, and it behooves Denver to create the illusion that other destinations besides New York are still in play. New Jersey still has the best offer sitting on the table that suits the Nuggets' primary need -- to make any Anthony trade a rebuilding trade. But the trade has not happened because Anthony will not sign an extension with New Jersey. He is trying to leverage his way into being dealt to New York.
Q: What pieces do the Knicks have that the Nuggets would want?
A: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Landry Fields, along with Eddy Curry's expiring contract. Denver also wants at least one No. 1 draft pick...They'd ship Gallo, Randolph and Curry in a heartbeat, but they are reluctant to trade Fields, who the Nuggets especially covet. One factor that both teams will have to consider: Fields, a second-round pick, is only on a two-year contract (the second year is a team option), then he becomes an unrestricted free agent.This is the part that is very confusing to me...
the Knicks are confident they can sign Anthony as an unrestricted free agent next summer if they do not acquire him in a trade. That being said, they'd prefer to trade for Anthony now and lock him up through 2014-15That seems more than contradictory. Here's what I continue to hear. The Nuggets obviously prefer Fields because of his talent and his contract, but the Knicks are completely against moving him in a deal that includes both Gallinari and Chandler. And if it's me, based on all the little things he's shown the ability to do, I'd be hesitant to include him at all. Do-it-all glue players are not very easy to find, but, to be fair, are easier to find than offensive superstars.
And as far as the Nets are concerned, I maintain that the reports that the latest Nets deal has any impact on a Melo deal moving forward is far more more about competitive journalism than actual truth. It's a no-brainer deal for the Nets, who are building and moving forward whether they feel like they have a shot at Melo or not.