Probably the same source who claimed there was a meeting between Carmelo and Prokhorov (ie a bad one).
you know when youre around people, and a girl you like is one of those people whos around, and yet you talk to your friends instead of her, even though you like her? because youre afraid to talk to her/want her to see you and see you socializing? i think the knicks are that guy and melo is the girl...lets just hope the guy lets the girl KNOW he really wants her...
who knows...i just can't wait for this to be over.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] says "no meeting at all" is scheduled with the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
Speaking Friday at a community service event in south Los Angeles, Anthony says a reported meeting with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is "news to me."
Anthony says: "If I was to meet with that guy (Prokhorov) to be honest I really don't know what I would say."
Prokhorov told team executives last month to end drawn-out trade talks for the Denver Nuggets All-Star forward. Prokhorov's spokeswoman insists nothing has changed with the impending NBA trading deadline, despite multiple reports of a possible meeting and/or deal.
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I think a deal has to get done, the Knicks have invested 2 years clearing the way for it to happen, I think we've come too far in this to miss on Melo. We can't lose out on one of the best scorers in the game because we're too scared to lose a few role players. Donnie Walsh would never hear the end of it.
If you think about the terms of the deal that's been reported it's not all that unfair. Billups is a proven performer in the postseason, having experience like that running the point vs a team like the Heat or Celtics would be a plus, not a minus. Gallinari and Wilson are never going to have the type of impact that a player like Carmelo would on this team, so you can't let either of them hold up this deal. If the Knicks can at least hold onto Landry Fields so that we have a low cost option at the starting SG position, I think we have to make the deal. Timo Mozgov, Toney Douglas or any other extraneous piece is irrelevant, those guys can be easily replaced. A player like Carmelo Anthony can't.
One thing that I think I've really overlooked is the fact that we will be able to get those Jason Kapono/Kyle Korver/Kendrick Perkins/Tony Allen type players to sign for less money to play with us. It's the same reason the Lakers managed to lock in Ron Artest for so cheap (biting them in the ass, but still), because he took a discount to play with a contender, and the same reason Shaq went to Cleveland and Boston.
If we play our cards right we can get ourselves solid roleplayers like Sebastian Telfair and Marcus Banks and Jason Kapono and Anthony Carter, Kryrlo Fesenko, etc. for minimum contracts.
Pick up Kapono as an outside shooter, pick up Sebastian Telfair or Anthony Carter as our backup PG, pick up Fesenko as a backup C, and we're in business to be a damn solid team with a great bench.
We might miss our players but we can supplant them with solid roleplayers who are known for DEFENSE because we have Carmelo and Amar'e running the offense. Pick up Kapono to hit the outside 3, find a way to hold onto Landry Fields, and see Douglas and Kapono absolutely slaughter teams from behind the arc because Amar'e and Carmelo both demand double teams.
It's gonna be great.
Meanwhile, Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News says a deal is "essentially" in place, while Colin Stephenson of the Star-Ledger writes that their is neither a deal in place nor a meeting set up between Melo and the Nets. Ugh. Despite all the vague reports and misinformation, New Jersey and New York are still the most likely landing places for Melo. Feb 18, 2:51 PM
Dolan Met With Carmelo On Thursday; Knicks, Nuggets To Hold Conference Call On Friday
Feb 18, 2011 16:40 PM EST
The Knicks and Nuggets are set for a high-level conference call concerning a potential trade for Carmelo Anthony.
In a surprise move, James Dolan already held a meeting with Anthony late Thursday in Los Angeles, beating Mikhail Prokhorov to the punch.
In the afternoon on Friday, Knicks front office members will get on the phone with Nuggets officials. Expected to be on the call are Dolan, Donnie Walsh, San Kroenke and Masai Uriji.
The Nuggets want three starters, including Raymond Felton, plus a number-one pick. Danilo Gallinari may be the hold-up to getting a deal done.
Anthony said he is unaware of a meeting with New Jersey and in all likelihood he is hoping that a deal can be agreed to between the Knicks and
Nuggets before any meeting with the Nets is scheduled.
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Nothing is set in stone. This is likely to go down to the wire. There are perhaps four parties that can blink before the deadline.
Denver can say --take the deal with the Nets or we will not trade you. You will either extend with us or take your chances with the new CBA. If you extend with us, we can trade you wherever we want. If you do not extend, you are subject to a new and unknown CBA and will lose a lot of $$.
The Nets can say -- sign with us, but you have 24 hours to make a decision. We are not going to let you use us in order to increase a Knicks offer to Denver.
Melo can say I will sign with the Nets, whatever the timetable, unless the Knicks make an offer acceptable to Denver. In other words, I want my guaranteed money. Melo can also say -- I will take my chances in free agency. Get whatever you can from the Knicks now.
The Knicks can say -- this is our final offer, whaatever that may be, take it or leave it. We think we can get Melo as a free agent.
But anyone of these can blink. Who is it going to be? I have no idea, but I am afraid it might be the Knicks and that at Dolan's insistence we will give up too much.
As far as the suggestions that Gallinari is the hold-up, if so, I would like to know what the rest of the proposed deal was. Perhaps, though I doubt it, we already offered Fields and Mozgov, as well as Chandler, Felton and a 1st through AR..
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