The New York Knicks are making progress in their efforts to trade for All-Star small forward Carmelo Anthony. The seven-year veteran is currently signed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets that will expire after the 2010-2011 regular season. According to multiple sources, Anthony has made clear to the Nuggets front office that he won’t have any part in signing the three-year, $65 million contract extension they offered back in June. Following the collapse of a four-team trade that would send Melo to the New Jersey Nets, the Knicks are officially back in the bidding war. Their previous offers have revolved around packages that include Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and a first round draft pick from a third team.
The Chicago Bulls are also present in the discussion for Anthony despite just recently re-signing starting forward Joakim Noah. The Knicks were previously hoping to cash in on LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwayne Wade. Carmelo would certainly complete the playoff picture for New York knowing he’d be alongside Amare Stoudemire, who netted 39 points in yesterday’s victory over the Nets. Anthony averaged 28.2 points per game last season with the Nuggets.