The Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes continues to play out, and now the New York Knicks appear to be the front-runners once again.
Is it any coincidence that this happened just as the defending NBA champions were getting into the mix?
When the Carmelo Anthony trade drama began a couple of months ago, Anthony was rumored to be headed to Chicago to pair with Derrick Rose and the Bulls.Â Then he was being suited by Jay-Z and the New Jersey Nets, hoping to make the Nets relevant in the New York area and help lure some free agents in the future.Â However, there was talk all along of Anthony heading to Broadway to play with Amare Stoudemire and the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.
This morning, ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that the Denver Nuggets had begun speaking with the Los Angeles Lakers regarding Carmelo Anthony.
Now, word comes along from ESPNNewYork.com that Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan has been speaking directly with Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke regarding a deal for Anthony.
According to the report, however, there is one major obstacle in the way of the potential trade.Â Knicks forwards Wilson Chandler, who has been one of the major names rumored to be headed to Denver in exchange for Anthony, is said to be having pain in his surgically-repaired knee and may need offseason surgery.
Still, it appears that the Knicks continue to be the top choice of Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn.Â In thinking about the teams who have actually discussed a trade for Anthony, like Chicago, New Jersey (which is moving to Brooklyn in 2012), New York and Los Angeles, they are all large market basketball cities.Â It seems pretty apparent that Carmelo Anthony wants to play in one of the major basketball markets in the country and there is no bigger stage than Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.
And with the owners now getting involved, the trade talks have become serious.Â Owners rarely get involved in rumors because rumors have nothing to do with money.Â When word comes that the people who need to open the wallets are discussing the situation, there is a good chance that there is fire where the smoke is coming from.
Besides, there is a lot of talent on the Knicks' roster right now.Â The stud continues to be Amare Stoudemire, but other players like Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Landry Fields are very impressive in head coach Mike D'Antoni's offensive system.Â It remains to be seen which players will be on the roster if and when a trade is completed.Â Still, the team is full of offensive threats, but lacks a lot of veteran leadership.Â Carmelo Anthony might be just the guy that the team is looking for in terms of direction and leadership.
Carmelo Anthony wants the Knicks and the Knicks want Anthony.Â Now, it's just a matter of millionaires fighting with other millionaires over a ton of money.Â Stay tuned.
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