Isiah Thomas Does Not Deny Pushing Knicks Toward Carmelo Anthony Trade

Isiah Thomas did not deny rumors that he is advising the New York Knicks on a potential Carmelo Anthony trade, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. Thomas, the coach of Florida International University, refused to comment on rampant rumors that he is pushing Knicks franchise owner James Dolan to deal several of his best players for the Nuggets' All-Star.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Saturday that Thomas has pushed Dolan behind the scenes to ignore current Knicks president Donnie Walsh's reluctance to part with both Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari in a midseason trade for 'Melo. Walsh replaced Thomas after the latter was fired in disgrace after a regrettable and embarrassing tenure.

Thomas has no official title in the Knicks organization, and the NBA in fact stepped in to prevent Isiah from holding dual roles as FIU coach and Knicks adviser. But Thomas reportedly remains close to Dolan, who is considered to be one of the least rational and sophisticated NBA team owners. Wojnarowski reported that Dolan likely wouldn't make Thomas the Knicks' official boss again after the travesty that was Isiah's last tenure. But Thomas does want to set up a puppet regime inside the Knicks' front office, one that Walsh wouldn't be a part of.

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