Its Now Or Never
The Nets and Nuggets have struck a deal. The deal in place would send SF Carmelo Anthony, PG Chauncey Billups, PF Shelden Williams, PF Reynaldo Balkman and C Melvin Ely to the Nets for PG Devin Harris, PF Derrick Favors, PF Ben Uzoh, PF Troy Murphy and 4 1st round draft picks. This deal is all depending on Melo signing a 3 yr/ $65 million extension. Now all Nets fans are rejoicing and getting excited, but hold on. This deal isn’t done yet.
The Nets and the Knicks ownership groups are flying out to Los Angeles to meet with Anthony to discuss a deal with him. Carmelo has already said plenty of times that he does not wish to go to New Jersey. He wants to go to New York. New York needs to step up to the plate. They want him, but they have been dragging their feet. Well, since they have dragged their feet the whole time, the Nets have swept in. Now the Knicks have to make a decision.
The Knicks have been rumored to have to give up PG Raymond Felton, C Eddy Curry, SF Danillo Gallinari and SG Landry Fields for Anthony. If I’m the Knicks, I have to go get Melo now. At first I was saying they could wait until the off-season to get Melo to the Big Apple, but now the Nets have really stepped up to the plate.
Time will only tell what Carmelo says and agrees to, but at this point, I think it is a forgone conclusion that he will not be in Denver much longer. The Knicks cannot let this deal between the Nets and Nuggets happen because after losing LeBron, Melo was their next target. Melo could help them become more serious contenders and also the money would be free for the Knicks to get a PG like maybe a Chris Paul through a trade and then the Knicks would really have star power and contender written all over them. With all this said, I think Melo ends up in New York playing for the New York Knicks. Nice try Nets.