The latest and greatest in the Carmelo Anthony trade saga has the Nuggets' superstar headed to the New York Knicks - if MSG chairman James Dolan pulls the trigger on a trade, according to the New York Daily News.â†µ
Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden, could decide as early as Saturday whether to agree to a blockbuster deal with the Denver Nuggets or risk losing the All-Star forward to the Nets.â†µ
The Daily News has learned that Dolan met with Anthony and Josh Kroenke, the Nuggets' president and son of team owner Stan Kroenke, on Thursday in Los Angeles. The meeting took place after the Nuggets and Nets had tentatively agreed in principle to a deal that would require Anthony to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey.â†µ
The Knicks, however, are Anthony's preferred destination, and he requested the face-to-face meeting with Dolan to get a sense of where the Knicks stood. The News reported on Tuesday that the Knicks felt the Nuggets' request for three starters, including Raymond Felton, plus a first-round pick and Eddy Curry's expiring contract was too steep.â†µ
The Knicks have been reluctant to part with both Danilo Gallinari and rookie Landry Fields, but late Friday Yahoo! Sports reported that the club had included Gallinari in its latest proposal.â†µ
It's also been reported that the New Jersey Nets - soon to be Brooklyn Nets - have reached an agreement for a trade to acquire Anthony, but it's up to Anthony to agree to sign an extension with the Nets. The potential nine-player trade is also believed to send four first-round draft picks to Denver, along with Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy and Ben Uzoh. Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman would head with Anthony to New Jersey - who is planning to meet with Nets
crook owner Mikhail Prokhorov on Saturday.