Knicks Building Deal to Land Carmelo: Report

By Michael Preston
|  Friday, Jan 14, 2011  |  Updated 4:04 AM EDT
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Much to the chagrin of the New Jersey Nets, there may be a new competitor in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes: the New York Knicks.

While the Nets' three-team mega deal is stuck in a holding pattern, New York is starting to construct its own trifecta with Memphis and Denver that could bring the all-star forward to Madison Square Garden, reports Pro Basketball Talk.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, Knicks star Amare Stoudemire reached out to 'melo via text about the possibility of playing together in New York, but wouldn't confirm the account.

"I've got so many friends I talk to throughout the league, but I haven't really talked to Carmelo at all," he told the News.

Knicks General Manager Donnie Walsh also denied any possible deal.

"I don't have anything going with Denver," he said. "Nothing."

But ESPN's Chris Broussard - who was among the first reporters to confirm LeBron James' intention to join the Miami Heat last summer - tweeted that the Knicks have reached out to the Memphis Grizzlies about the possibility of sending guard OJ Mayo to Denver in a move that would also bring Anthony to New York.

Anthony, a Brooklyn native, has expressed an interest in playing in his hometown and it now seems he may get his wish, one way or another.

Suggested Reading: Pro Basketball Talk, New York Daily News, ESPN

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