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Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Report Says 3-Team Deal Could Come by Next Week

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 21:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets gets open and lookls for the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Eli ChesnerCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2011

As we all know, Carmelo Anthony wants out of Denver. He wants to be in a much bigger city—New York City—and play for the Knicks and in Madison Square Garden 41 times a year instead of just once or twice.

But numerous reports emerged Saturday night about a "Carmelo to New York" deal that could happen within the next week, according to ESPN.com.

The deal would be a three-team trade between the Knicks, Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Knicks would send rarely used Anthony Randolph and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry to the Timberwolves. Minnesota and New York would each send one player to the Nuggets.

The T-Wolves would send Corey Brewer and the first-round pick the Nuggets have been asking for the past—I don't know—six months, maybe.

The Knicks would also give the Nuggets the underrated Wilson Chandler.

But the main piece of the deal—no, not Eddy Curry (I know your very excited, Minnesota, about having Curry warm the bench for when Kevin Love works his butt off every night)—would be shipped to New York, as the Knicks would get Carmelo Anthony.

Obviously this doesn't sound like the best deal the Nuggets could have netted.

Two times this year New Jersey tried to craft a trade scenario that appealed to the Nuggets. Both did the job, but the Nets reportedly couldn't get a guarantee that Anthony would sign long-term, the speculation being that he still wanted to be a Knick.

The Pistons benched Rip Hamilton for 10 straight games, thinking he could be traded any minute since he was in the talks. But then Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov called off the deal.

So the Nuggets are not exactly happy campers. But if they want to do the smart thing and get something for Anthony unlike the Cavaliers with LeBron James (Cleveland settled for a sign-and-trade that produced far-off future draft picks), they will do this deal. They know 'Melo would sign that extension and go to the Knicks.

It's a win-win for both the Nuggets and Knicks (sorry again, Minnesota, but hey—you guys have Michael Beasley!), as both teams would be getting talent.

Either way, the Knicks become the better team and Anthony becomes a happier man.

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