Despite the reported deal between the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets, the New York Knicks remain active in trade talks to acquire Carmelo Anthony.
As the trade deadline looms, Anthony's name has been a trade-deadline fixture with both the Nets and Knicks interested in a deal, but with the Nuggets apparently more interested in the Nets' pieces than the Knicks' offerings.
The main holdup in the trade talks is whether Anthony would be willing to sign with the Nets before the end of the season.
The Knicks apparently don't want to part with certain players, but also don't want to lose Anthony to their division rival.
The trade rumor at the moment has New York sending Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, and a 2014 first-round pick to Denver. The Knicks would also send Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, plus $3 million to Minnesota. The Timberwolves would send Corey Brewer and either Memphis or Utah's 2011 first-round pick to Denver.
The Knicks would receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups, along with Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams. The Nuggets are also interested in Knicks rookie center Timofey Mozgov.
A frontcourt tandem of Anthony and Amare Stoudemire may be the recipe for the Knicks to challenge the Celtics, Heat, Magic, and Bulls.
The Nets trade that is basically a done deal but contigent upon Anthony signing with the club, would include New Jersey adding Anthony, Billups, Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman from Denver. In turn, the Nets send Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks to the Nuggets.
Anthony, an All-Star in last night's competition in Los Angeles, appears to be more interested in playing in Denver than New Jersey, but still most interested in playing for the Knicks. The former Syracuse star has had meetings with both the Nets and Knicks.
The trade deadline is February 24.