The New York Knicks have made what they consider their final offer for Carmelo Anthony(notes) and are awaiting an answer from the Denver Nuggets as to whether they’ll land the All-Star forward, a source with knowledge of the talks told Yahoo! Sports.
The proposal, which was first reported by CBS Sports, will send Danilo Gallinari(notes), Raymond Felton(notes), Wilson Chandler(notes) and the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick to Denver. The Knicks would also trade Anthony Randolph(notes) and Eddy Curry’s(notes) expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who would send Corey Brewer(notes) to the Nuggets. The Knicks would receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups(notes), Shelden Williams(notes) and Renaldo Balkman(notes).
The Nuggets continue to measure the Knicks’ revised offer against the New Jersey Nets’ bid, which is built around rookie forward Derrick Favors and four first-round draft picks, said a source involved in the talks. Keeping Anthony no longer appears to be an option, the source said.
Anthony has told confidants throughout All-Star weekend he’s hopeful he’ll be traded to the Knicks, but thinks the talks could drag to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline. He met with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and other team officials on Saturday, but has given no indication of wanting to sign the three-year, $65 million extension with New Jersey.
After denying he had any plans to meet with Anthony, Prokhorov told CNBC on Sunday that the two had a “fantastic” meeting. A source with knowledge of the meeting, however, told Yahoo! Sports that Anthony didn’t give the Nets any reason to feel confident about their chances to convince him to commit to the extension.
“I think we made a very good tactical decision to force [the] Knicks to pay as much as they can,” Prokhorov said.
As the season-long drama appears to be entering its final week, the Nets and Knicks find themselves bidding against each other for Anthony.
“It’s probably good for the league that basketball is coming to New York or Jersey,” Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire(notes) said. “But the team that we have now, we are not too bad. We are making our playoff push, but you never know how things may end up here in the next few days.”
- Mikhail Prokhorov