Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Sources: Carmelo won't sign extension with Nets
The re-emergence of the Nets this week in the Melopalooza did not come as a surprise and, apparently, it will not turn out a different result than the previous two other attempts for New Jersey to land Carmelo Anthony.
Multiple sources have told Newsday that Anthony has no interest in signing the three-year, $65 million contract extension that would be a requirement of a trade the Nets complete with the Nuggets. "He's not signing with New Jersey," one source with direct knowledge of Anthony's thinking said on Friday here in Los Angeles. The New York Times website is also reporting that Anthony has informed those close to him that he is not interested in signing with the Nets.
Despite reports that the Nets had a meeting arranged to meet with Anthony this weekend in L.A., Anthony denied he had anything scheduled. Then on Saturday, Mikhail Prokhorov, through a spokeswoman, released a statement that also said there was no meeting planned with Anthony.
Meanwhile, the Knicks continue to negotiate with the Nuggets. As Newsday reported in Saturday's editions (and first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Friday night), the Knicks made another offer that included Danilo Gallinari, along with Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton, that would return Anthony and Chauncey Billups, plus another peripheral player, with Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph headed to Minnesota and the Timberwolves sending a first round pick and another player to Denver.
A report surfaced on Saturday that said the Nuggets preferred to have rookies Timofey Mozgov and Landry Fields instead of Gallinari. While it would mean losing two starters at key positions, to keep Gallinari would be welcome to the Knicks, a person with knowledge of the team's thinking said. Newsday reported on Friday that including Gallinari had been a hang-up in negotiations with the Nuggets.
The Knicks have reason to be cautiously optimistic about getting something done, perhaps as early as Sunday, when Anthony will play for the West in the All-Star Game, but a source with knowledge of the situation said it might be overzealous to think Denver would make it easy on the Knicks. One source cautioned the situation could still extend to Thursday's trade deadline.