Could we really be nearing the end of the Carmelo Anthony saga? The latest trade rumor is that the Knicks may have made their final offer to the Nuggets in an effort to make a swap.
CBS Sports' Ken Berger tweets this final offer from the Knicks, citing sources:
Sources: #Knicks have made final offer for Melo: Chandler, Gallinari, Felton, Curry, first. No Fields, no Mozgov. It's up to Denver now.
That's Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Eddy Curry, and a first-round pick for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, and Anthony Carter. The Knicks' core, should that deal be accepted, would be a very strong Billups-Landry Fields-Anthony-Amar'e Stoudemire-Timofey Mozgov lineup; Denver would be left with a host of young players.
It's also a fairly sane proposal on the Knicks' end: refusing to send their rookies, Fields and Mozgov, who both proven valuable already, likely makes the Knicks better both in the near term and the long term.
Of course, this deal now depends on whether the Nuggets think that package of players is enough. If not, it's possible Anthony could still go to the Nets, or nowhere — or to New York if this isn't a final offer. Really, we don't have any idea what the final move in this particular chess game is.
But we do know the NBA's trade deadline is February 24, this Thursday.