With just under a week remaining until the Feb. 20 trade deadline, the rumor mill has been curiously quiet. Maybe the teams working on deals have gone into double-secret stealth mode, and they’re waiting to drop a shocker like “Deron Williams to the Nets” on us. Or maybe all the general managers are too busy clearing snow and ice from their driveways to even think about deals.
Or maybe there just isn’t that much going on.
via NBA Waiver Wire: Rumor Mill Quiet As Deadline Approaches.
I don’t think the Knicks will trade Carmelo Anthony.
I also don’t think they SHOULD trade Melo, unless he asks for a deal. But if they did decide to move him, these trade scenarios make an awful lot of sense.
Potential Trading Partners for Knicks in a Carmelo Trade | Basketball Insiders | NBA Rumors And Basketball News.
Howard Beck’s column, “Flawed NY Knicks Still Paying Dearly for Carmelo Anthony’s Original Sin,” suggests that the Knicks would be much better off if Anthony had opted out of his Denver contact and then signed with New York as a free agent. It’s hard to argue with that logic. If Anthony had waited until after the season and signed with the Knicks, they would have been able to retain Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Raymond Felton and the draft picks they sent to Denver. (They almost certainly would have had to renounce their rights to Wilson Chandler to free up enough cap space to sign ‘Melo…) They wouldn’t have used the amnesty provision on Chauncey Billups – which means they may not have acquired Tyson Chandler, which also means they could have amnestied Amar’e Stoudemire instead. They also would have had assets available to possibly swing a trade for Chris Paul.
With all due respect to Beck – who is an excellent writer and reporter – there are a couple of fundamental problems with this thesis.
via Carmelo Anthony and the Blame Game - The Knicks Wall.