ESPN’s Chris Sheridan reports that, according to a source, the Knicks got back in the bidding for Carmelo Anthony about two weeks ago — after the Nuggets star made it clear that he would not sign Denver’s three-year, $65 million extension — and that in recent days, they’ve made “significant progress” in their efforts to bring Anthony to New York. Sheridan even gives specifics of what such a deal would look like: The Knicks’ proposals have centered around packages including Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry (and, more importantly, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract), and a first-round pick they’d acquire from a still-unknown team. (The Knicks have also “softened” their stance on including Danilo Gallinari in a potential trade.)
The current obstacle? The Knicks’ plans to use one of those assets to acquire a player more desirable to the Nuggets than Randolph or Gallinari. For what it’s worth, though, ESPN’s source says the Knicks are confident they can pull that off. These things can change, of course — remember how close the Nets reportedly were to acquiring Anthony? — but this is the most specific (and the most promising) Carmelo-to-the-Knicks news to date.
Carmelo Anthony still on Knicks’ radar [ESPN New York]