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Knicks eye 'bigger' needs than Melo

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Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks?

Uh-uh. At least, not the way things look right now.

A week after the Nets dropped out of the sweepstakes for the Nuggets’ 6-foot-8 scorer, the Knicks are reportedly looking elsewhere, too — at bigger needs. And by bigger, they mean altitude.

According to the Daily News, the Knicks (23-21) have set their trade sights on a center to shore up what has been a weak defensive interior. They’ll have company in that search. Orlando is also thinking big, and the Magic has already shown it has trade ammunition in last month’s swap of reserve center Marcin Gortat for Suns forward Hedo Turkoglu.

The Knicks have reportedly discussed dealing Anthony Randolph, the young center/forward whose health issues have limited him to one appearance the past month, for Portland’s Joel Przybilla or Memphis center Marc Gasol, each of whom has an expiring contract. Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari, a solid scorer who provides little defense, could also go.

Wilson Chandler, who sparked the team off the bench in November, was promoted to a starting role. But his demotion back to sixth-man status after the fourth of six straight losses last week has left him open to trade rumors, too. Clearly, starting Chandler at forward and Amar’e Stoudemire at center, where Stoudemire was uncomfortable, didn’t work.

With Chandler back on the bench and Ronny Turiaf at starting center, the Knicks beat the Wizards Monday and will now look for a second consecutive victory tonight against the Heat (31-13).

In addition, general manager Donnie Walsh is also said to be searching for an upgrade over Toney Douglas to spell point guard Raymond Felton. They looked into Minnesota’s Sebastian Telfair, a Borooklyn native who has bounced around the NBA, but as one source told the News, “He’s not the answer.”

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