Nets May Get Ex-Knicks' Players If They Lose on Anthony Deal, ESPN Says

Current New York Knicks players may end up with the New Jersey Nets if New York agrees on a trade for the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony, ESPN reported.

With both the Knicks and Nets offering Denver multiplayer packages to acquire Anthony, the Nets are considering a separate deal with the Nuggets if they lose out on the bidding, ESPN said on its website, citing unidentified high-ranking league officials.

The Knicks’ offer to Denver may end up including forwards Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, guard Raymond Felton and center Timofey Mozgov for a package that includes Anthony and Chauncey Billups. The Nets would then consider using two first- round draft picks to obtain Mozgov and either Gallinari, Felton or Chandler from the Nuggets, ESPN said.

The Knicks are willing to trade Gallinari, Chandler, Felton and a first-round pick to Denver, though the Nuggets are pushing for Mozgov to be included in the package, ESPN said.

The Knicks and Nets competed in negotiations last year to land free-agent All-Star LeBron James, who eventually chose the Miami Heat. The Nets are moving to a new arena in Brooklyn from Newark, New Jersey, for the 2012-13 season.

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