MILAN - Throughout the Carmelo Anthony trade drama, the prevailing belief was that the Knicks did not have enough pieces to make a deal with the Nuggets. One of the supposed biggest obstacles was that the Knicks did not have a first-round pick they could offer until the 2014 draft.
In his preseason address to the media last week, Donnie Walsh made reference to the talk about the Knicks' lack of an earlier first-round pick to offer in a hypothetical blockbuster when he said, "I need to go out and see if I can get one.'' A person with knowledge of the team's strategy told Newsday that Walsh is confident he can do that. "That will not be a stumbling block,'' the source said.
A four-team deal that would result in Anthony going to the Nets has been tabled, and it appears he might begin the season as a Nugget. There remains strong mutual interest between Anthony and the Knicks, according to sources close to both. The only real stumbling block is the reluctance of the Nuggets, who are well aware of Anthony's desire to join the Knicks, to work with them on a trade.
The situation could carry deeper into the season, such as before the February trade deadline, when the Nuggets will face more pressure to move their star so they don't lose him for nothing in free agency. The Knicks will be able to open up the needed salary-cap space to sign Anthony next summer.
Gallinari, the author
Danilo Gallinari coordinated this trip along with the release of his autobiography, titled "Da Zero a Otto'' ("From Zero to Eight''), which was co-authored by Italian broadcaster Flavio Tranquillo. "It's a book about me,'' Gallinari said. "Some nice stories that nobody knows.''
Gallinari, who was a teenage star for Armani Jeans Milano before he was drafted by the Knicks in 2008, said, "Since I was a little kid, everybody was looking at me and there was pressure on me. I was talking to a journalist and everything that came out, what you read in the papers, nobody knew a lot about me. So it's the first time people get to know about me.''
The book currently is available only in Italian and isn't being sold in the United States.
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