Knicks Make Offer for Anthony to Knock Nets Out of Bidding, N.Y. Post Says

The New York Knicks have made a new offer to the Denver Nuggets for All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony as they try to knock the New Jersey Nets out of the bidding, the New York Post reported without saying where it got the information.

The Knicks offered Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and a No. 1 pick for Anthony and Chauncey Billups, the newspaper said. Rookies Timofey Mozgov and Landry Fields were eliminated from the offer after the Nuggets said they wanted Gallinari instead, the Post said.

If Denver accepts the deal, Anthony, 26, could play alongside Amar’e Stoudemire on a Knicks team seeking its first winning season in a decade. New York, which failed to sign former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James last season, is 28-26, second to the Boston Celtics (40-14) in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.

Asked yesterday about a New York Daily News report that Knicks owner James Dolan met with Anthony in Los Angeles and that the Knicks were planning a conference call with the Nuggets, Knicks spokesman Jonathan Supranowitz said in an e-mail that the team had no comment.

The Nuggets, meanwhile, tentatively had agreed to trade Anthony, a four-time All-Star, to the Nets if he accepted a three-year, $65 million contract extension, the Record of Bergen County, New Jersey, reported yesterday on its website.

‘News to Me’

Anthony would be traded to New Jersey with Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman, while the Nuggets would receive Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round draft picks, the Record said, citing multiple unidentified National Basketball Association sources.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has no plans to meet with Anthony at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles this weekend, the Associated Press reported today, citing a release from the Russian billionaire’s spokeswoman Ellen Pinchuk. The Record said the two would meet, though Anthony told the New York Post nothing was scheduled.

“News to me,” Anthony told the newspaper at a pre-All- Star community function in Los Angeles. “If I was to meet with that guy, to be honest, I really don’t know what I would say.”

Move to Brooklyn

Anthony is averaging 25.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, his eighth since being taken with the third pick in the 2003 NBA draft.

The Nets are 17-40 this season, 12th in the Eastern Conference. They play their home games in Newark, New Jersey, and are scheduled to move in two seasons to a new arena being built in Brooklyn, New York, about three miles from where Anthony was born.

Anthony has averaged 24.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his seven-year career. The 6-foot-8 forward ranks fourth among active players in career scoring, and has finished among the top eight in scoring in each of the past five seasons.

Anthony went pro after leading Syracuse University to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championship in his only season at the school. He was selected as the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

He has led the Nuggets to the playoffs in each of his first seven NBA seasons. In six of those seven years, the team lost in the first round.

Anthony is married to actress and television personality Alani “La La” Vazquez, who also was born in Brooklyn.

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