Walsh: I can trade for first-round pick

Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh is confident he

Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh is confident he can get first-round draft picks with which to acquire Carmelo Anthony, if that's what the Nuggets want. (Dec. 22, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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If it is first-round picks that the Nuggets want for Carmelo Anthony (and it is, among other things), then it is first-round picks the Knicks will give them - if they decide to jump into the Anthony sweepstakes with both feet.

Knicks president Donnie Walsh declined to talk specifically about trading for Anthony on a day when there were conflicting reports about whether and when the Nets will meet with him. But he insisted he could deal for a first-rounder, and not just one.

"I could probably get more than one, but I'm not going to say how many," Walsh told reporters. "But I'm confident I can get a first-round pick."

Anthony Randolph is seen as the most marketable, tradeable piece. Randolph did not play Monday and has been in only one game this month - 4 minutes and 58 seconds of playing time in a 121-96 win in Phoenix Jan. 7.

"I'm just focusing on basketball right now," Randolph said after Monday's 129-121 loss to the Suns. "I have to just get better every day, so if I do get out there, I can show what I can do."

Knicks notes

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Ronny Turiaf was inactive because because of a sore hip that flared Friday. Mike D'Antoni said the center could not even say how it happened, adding that he could be back tomorrow.

Raymond Felton outdid Steve Nash 13-11 in assists, but his shooting problems persisted. Felton's field-goal percentage in his previous five games was 32.8 and he made only 3 of 13 shots.

Referring to the Knicks' 25-point victory in Phoenix, Nash said, "I don't like to think of things as retribution or payback, but it didn't feel good to get smashed at home, so this was a rewarding win today."

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