ESPN reports that Carmelo Anthony reported to the Denver Nuggets training camp for “media day” and stated that “I never said that I wanted to be traded.” Nonetheless, he wouldn’t commit to resigning with the Nuggets either. Instead Melo said: “I’m here today. Whatever the future holds, it holds. I’m leaving my options open right now. At the end of the season, I’ll sit down with my team, I’ll sit down with the Nuggets, and we’ll talk about it. This has been a long summer. I’m just excited to get back to the court.” — Carmelo Anthony
Despite the positive spin offered by the Nuggets and a well- rehearsed Melo, the news is good for the Knicks. The door is still open for Walsh and Co. to strike a deal with the Nuggets either before the mid-term trading deadline. It is even conceivable that after the Knicks play in Milan on October 3, Gallo will become available. Commissioner Stern as well as D’Antoni would be stressed out with Walsh if the Knicks attempted to trade Gallo prior to the long- planned game against the Italian team. Stern has vast global ambitions for the NBA and the Milan game is one of the steps toward that outreach.
If Melo and Denver can hold out until at least December 15, other Knicks players (Turiaf, Randolph, Azubuike and Mason) will become available for trade purposes. Walsh can also use the time to peddle either Gallo or Chandler along with a bench player (Walker, Rautins, etc. for a No. 1 draft choice) and thereafter move that No 1 choice (with either Gallo or Chandler-whoever remains from the prior deal) along with Curry’s contract to acquire Melo. Of course both Melo and Walsh could decide to play hardball with Denver and do nothing until the end of the season, when Melo becomes a free agent and plays wherever he wants and Denver get nothing. I for one believe that Melo’s first preference in this scenario is still the Knicks, even if he has to play in Denver for the entire season.
The point is that Walsh now has plenty of time and opportunity to make something happen. I am sure that suits his turtle-like inclination for prolonged procrastination, but hopefully he will not wait too long and let the opportunity to slip by. If Donnie W, blows this one now, he will bear exclusive responsibility.
At any rate our foremost blogger, Peaceman, no longer need despair and will decide hopefully to watch and offer his commentary on Knick games against the elite teams: Boston, LA, Miami and Chicago. Taz aka Peaceman is needed for his sarcasm, wit and sagacious basketball insight to keep this blog buzzing. And just maybe, the Melo man soon cometh and lead us to the promised land. LGK