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Carmelo Wants Out- Are Knicks Big Players?

Posted By Jordan Lauterbach On Aug 27 2010 @ 12:21 am In New York Knicks | No Comments

From realgm.com

 According to Yahoo! Sports, the Nuggets look ready to part ways with Carmelo Anthony who has made it clear he wants out of Denver. Anthony’s camp has advised the Nuggets to deal the superstar forward since he plans to leave as a free agent next summer…The Nets and Clippers have trade assets that most appeal to Denver’s management, according to the report. No mention is made of whether Anthony has agreed to sign an extension with those clubs.

 A related story broke two weeks ago claiming that Anthony would consider playing for the Nets, even though it’s no secret that the Knicks are his first choice. This poses a significant threat.  Would a package of Derrick Favors (or) Brook Lopez and Devin Harris get the job done more then a Gallinari (or) Chandler and Curry deal? Of course, other players may have to be included for salary reasons, but one would think that those players would have to be the principals in the deal. It’s closer if the Net deal doesn’t include Lopez, but I still can’t see an argument that the Knicks deal is a better one. 

 And then there’s this….

 ESPN’S John Hollinger tweeted earlier that he believes that Antony would be going to Houston as part of a three team deal with the Bobcats. Eric Dampier would go to Denver and Aaron Brooks would go to Charlotte.  Value wise, I still think a Nets package would trump this. Even if the Nuggets plan is to rebuild, the players the Nets would offer fit into that plan.

 On a somewhat similar note, it’s really interesting and, in retrospect, not totally unexpected that the Summer of Lebron has spawned this consequence. That being, we will no longer see teams as willing to hold on to big stars in the final year of a contract. The idea of “He’d never leave us! Why would he do that to this organization?” is dead. If ever their was a case for this kind of thinking, it was Lebron James and Cleveland.

 Whether or not others believed he would stay in Ohio is irrelevant. The team believed he would and was apparently flabbergasted when they didn’t receive that famous phone call on the night of the ESPN special. A lesson has been learned from the Cavs and what will happen to that franchise in the immediate future. Carmelo is just the beginning. Big stars in walk years will be moved like never before. Why risk being duped? Why take a chance and be “Lebron-ed”? 

 Also from realgm.com

The Knicks and Landry Fields have reached agreement on a contract. Fields was chosen in the second round with the 39th overall pick.
Fields looked excellent in summer league. He was, by far, the most impressive Knick on the floor. He can be a solid contributor on this team. He won’t play a ton, but will be effective when he does step on the floor. Alan Hahn of Newsday reported that the deal is for two years with $500,000 guaranteed.

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