The New York Knicks have revised their "final offer" in a trade for Carmelo Anthony, reports Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, and the package does not include rookie center Timofey Mozgov. Late Sunday, Alan Hahn of Newsday reported that the Denver Nuggets would not trade 'Melo to the Knicks without receiving Mozgov in the deal. That came after a reported "final offer" from the Knicks that was later revised.
The Knicks have offered Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton for 'Melo and veteran point guard Chauncey Billups. Spears reports that the Knicks would also send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who would send Corey Brewer to the Nuggets. Denver would also receive New York's 2014 first-round pick.
Mozgov would be an odd sticking point. The 24-year-old Russian center plays sparingly for the Knicks, and have averaged four points and three rebounds per game this season. He is promising, and has a three-year contract worth $8 million. But given that he was an unrestricted free agent that few teams made a run at just months ago, that he has become a make-or-break player in a trade involving a current All-Star and possible a future one in Gallinari is just weird.
With such a deal, the Nuggets would be looking for an accelerated rebuild with no drop-off. Denver is currently locked in a tight playoff race in the West, barely hanging on to the No. 8 seed.