Nets and Knicks battle it out for Carmelo Anthony

Heading into the All-Star break in Los Angeles this past weekend, all anyone could talk about during the 2011 All-Star weekend at the Staples Center is whether or not the Denver Nuggets Carmelo Anthony would get traded and where the All-Star forward might end up.

Over the past couple of months, the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks have all been linked to a possible trade for Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets. With the former Syracuse star refusing to sign a three-year $65 million dollar contract extension with the Nuggets earlier in the season, the trade rumors started to circulate around the league involving one of the league’s rising stars.

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Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets
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Even though Melo has ties to the Big Apple and has already said that he would be more than willing to sign a contract extension with the Knicks if traded to New York, the Nuggets haven’t been satisfied with offers for the 26-year old forward. The New York Knicks have suffered a steady decline ever since the end of the Patrick Ewing era in the Big Apple, but this season they have become a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference once again after acquiring free agents Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton last summer.

With Stoudemire and Felton making the Knicks relevant again, New York has become a desired destination for big-name players in the NBA once again, but the consensus has been that the Knicks won’t be able to get to the next level without adding another scorer into the mix. Carmelo Anthony fits that description and would love to play for the Knicks, but a deal between the two teams has been hard to agree upon.

Reportedly, the Nuggets are asking a bit too much of the Knicks at this point in time as they want players like Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and maybe even rookie standout Landry Fields. With the Nuggets seemingly wanting too much from the Knicks, New York has been reluctant to make a deal and as a result the Nets have gotten back into the mix.

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New Jersey has exactly been a place that Melo wants to go, but with the Nets moving to Brooklyn in the next few years, that has sparked some interest. The Knicks may have to rip up their young core of players to get their hands on Anthony, but the Nets are willing to send any of their players to Denver with the exception of center Brook Lopez.

With that being said, the New Jersey Nets seem like the most likely destination for Carmelo Antony at this point in time. If the rumors are true, the Nets will get Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets and possibly other players from a third team. Melo and Billups are at the core of the deal, but things have been going back and forth so much as of late that anything could happen when a trade finally does go down.

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