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For the life of me, I cannot understand the hesitation of the New York Knicks to pull the trigger on a Carmelo Anthony deal. For months now, we have seen on ESPN, and read in newspapers and magazines that Melo only has eyes for the Knicks. Now, Denver comes to the Knicks with what should be an easy sell and the Knicks balk. For what? Gallinari? Mozgov? Fields? Chandler? All nice players but all role players.

While the Knicks have been a nice story this season, they are what they are, a .500 team. The chance of obtaining Carmelo, and possibly Chauncey Billups if they deal Felton to the Nuggets as well are too good to pass up. You get another legit star to pair with Amar'e and a savvy playoff veteran in Billups who is just the type of player this team needs. Yes, you do gut your team for the rest of this season, but the players supposedly involved in this deal are all replaceable. Mozgov was an unheard of player in Russia, Fields was around in the second round of the Draft for a reason, Gallinari is still a bit one-dimensional and Chandler, while maybe being the best of Isiah's draft picks brings a scoring ability that could be replaced if necessary. The thing is this: even in a deal the Nuggets only want three of these guys, you can at least try to keep one of them.

The thing is why take the chance Melo will come in free agency or allow the possibility of the Nets or even the Lakers coming in with a more acceptable offer? If the story is true that all it will take is Eddy's contract, three of the afforementioned players, and the first rounder that will be obtained by flipping Randolph to Minnesota, then I'm sorry that's a deal that has to be done. Not done today, but done yesterday!

February 17, 2011  02:02 PM ET

Denver wants Felton, Galo, Chandler, Fields, Mozgov, Curry's contract and a number 1 for Melo and Chauncey. I wouldn't do it

February 17, 2011  04:00 PM ET

Or Melo could just play it cool as he's doing and sign with NY in the offseason.

February 17, 2011  09:08 PM ET

I just don't know if Melo will really come in the off-season. I'm just afraid someone else will either step in and get him in a trade or he'll balk and sign the extension just to get the guaranteed money before the new CBA starts.

 
February 17, 2011  09:08 PM ET

Comment #1 has been removed? Curious to know what the comment was. Sure it wasn't anything good.

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