The latest bit of Carmelo Anthony buzz comes in the form of an espn.com report that the Knicks have reached out to Memphis about a potential three-team trade, in which Carmelo Anthony would go to the Knicks and O.J. Mayo would go to Denver. Needless to say, that’s a juicier story — pardon the O.J. pun — than yesterday’s “Did Amar’e Text Carmelo?” drama.
Of course, that very espn.com report says that Denver has no interest in Mayo. (Mayo, by the way, reportedly wants to end up in New York, because he wants to go to a winning situation. Not that the Knicks have any interest in acquiring him, but it’s still nice to hear, even through anonymous sources, that players might again consider the Knicks a winning situation.) Also, Donnie Walsh himself has denied that the Knicks are in talks with the Nuggets and Grizzlies. So there’s that, too.
The Bergen Record, meanwhile, reports that the Nets, Nuggets, and Pistons are once again involved in serious discussions, and that a deal could be reached next week. The Post has a similar report, and writes that, according to a source, the trade could happen as early as Tuesday, when the league offices reopen after the holiday weekend. (Something to keep in mind: Mikhail Prokhorov is scheduled to fly in from Moscow next week, to attend Russian Culture Night on Wednesday against the Jazz.) In other words, we’re pretty much back to where we began the week on Monday, minus the imminent Russian Culture Night, and the opportunity for the Nets to announce a splashy move when their owner’s in town.