Carmelo Anthony met with James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks franchise, on Thursday to discuss a possible trade and contract extension, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. That reported meeting has triggered a conference call between Dolan, Knicks president Donnie Walsh, Denver Nuggets franchise owner Josh Kroenke and GM Masai Ujiri today, Isola says.
Earlier Friday, reports that the Nuggets and New Jersey Nets had reached an agreement on the parameters of a 'Melo trade surfaced. But such a deal would require Anthony's signature on a three-year, $65 million contract extension. It has been widely reported that 'Melo would prefer to sign that extension with the Knicks.
The last reported package demanded by the Nuggets in any Knicks trade including four of New York's top five players: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Raymond Felton. The Knicks would also apparently send Denver a draft pick and Eddy Curry's expiring contract in the deal, and would receive veteran point guard Chauncey Billups.
That trade package may not be as attractive as that of New Jersey, which includes Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and up to four first-round picks. But if 'Melo refuses to sign an extension with the Nets, Denver has few other options.
During All-Star media availability on Friday, 'Melo maintained an air of ignorance on the entire trade saga.