The New York Knicks are still interested in trading for the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, but now it appears the Knicks are looking to work out their own three-team deal to land the NBA star. ESPN's Chris Broussard reports:
Knicks have reached out to Memphis about sending OJ Mayo to DEN in 3-team deal that would send Carmelo Anthony to New York, sources say.
There is no word yet on what the Knicks would send to Memphis in order to get Mayo and then send him to Denver. It appears as though these talks involving the Grizzlies are not far along and there is still much to be worked out.
O.J. Mayo, who played his college ball for the USC Trojans, was drafted third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008. But on that same day, the T'Wolves sent Mayo, Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric and Antoine Walker to Memphis for Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins, Kevin Love and Mike Miller. Love has emerged as a force to be reckoned with during his 2010-2011 season.
Mayo, though, is having a bit of a touch time in 2010. He's become a player coming off the bench this season, averaging 12.7 points per game. In his previous two seasons, he averaged 18.5 points and 17.5 points.
Mayo was recently involved in a fight with teammate Tony Allen, which led to banning gambling on team flights.
Will a change of scenery to anywhere help Mayo? The bigger question, at least in terms of making a deal happen is if the Nuggets really want Mayo. Let's see if this rumor has any legs.