With roughly a week remaining until the Feb. 24 NBA trade deadline, Carmelo Anthony trade rumors abound. The Knicks? The Nets? The Rockets? The Mavericks? The Lakers? All those teams have been rumored as possible destinations for Carmelo Anthony since last summer. Only the Nets were the closest team to working out a deal.
The Knicks are the current team attempting to work out a deal for the star player, and the Nuggets are looking for Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton as part of the return. Now word from New York Newsday's Alan Hahn is that the shape of a potential trade between the two teams is changing. It appears that either Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler would be the main piece moving, with the Chauncey Billups-Raymond Felton swap still happening. Additionally, Timofey Mozgov and Landry Fields could be included in the deal. A first-round draft pick to Denver would likely be necessary.
But if the Knicks can't complete a deal, who else is left? Hahn writes that the Lakers, the Nets and the Rockets are all out, but the Mavericks could be willing to make the trade (well, if they can find a bunch of pieces):
At this point, a source with knowledge of the situation said the biggest -- and perhaps last -- remaining threat to the Knicks could be the Dallas Mavericks.
Though Mark Cuban hinted recently that he would be willing to trade for a superstar without an extension, the source said Anthony would be amenable to signing an extension with the Mavs, who are already a championship contender and yet have a huge hole at small forward after the injury to Caron Butler.
Melo's willingness to sign an extension with the Mavericks is a new revelation, as it was previously reported that he would only sign an extension with the Knicks.