Take it or leave it, Denver.
League sources said the Knicks, still feeling good they can complete a trade for Carmelo Anthony, would not budge yesterday, feeling adding anything more to their offer would be overpayment. The Nuggets, however, want rookie center Timofey Mozgov added to the package, but it isn't a deal-breaker.
As it stands, the Knicks would send point guard Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, and a 2014 first-round pick to the Nuggets. They would also send Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and $3 million to Minnesota, who would send Corey Brewer and either Memphis or Utah's 2011 first-round pick to Denver. The Knicks would receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups and non-rotation players Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter.
Their final offer remained on the table last night for Denver to accept or not by Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The Nuggets have threatened to turn to the Nets and try to bluff Anthony into signing there. The Knicks hoped the Melo-drama would conclude by today, after All-Star weekend, because they didn't want to return to practice with a pending deal hanging over their heads.
According to a person familiar with the holdup, it will come down to whether Denver caves and allows Anthony to make the decision and choose the Knicks, or if the Nuggets decide to make the call.
The Knicks' fear is the Nuggets could decide to turn down their offer and tell Anthony to either sign a contract extension with the Nets, re-sign with Denver or risk free agency. A league source believes Anthony is "petrified" of free agency, so there was concern among the Knicks he would fall for Denver's possible bluff.
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