Denver's asking price for Carmelo Anthony is more outlandish than previously thought. The Post has learned the Nuggets made a whopping demand one week ago that is more exorbitant than recent reports. According to a league source debriefed on Carmelo Anthony negotiations, Denver asked for Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and a first-round pick (obtained via Anthony Randolph) for Anthony and point guard Chauncey Billups. Yes, it looks like the Nuggets demanded everything but James Dolan's Radio City Music Hall. The Knicks management was flabbergasted, according to the league source. They fear such a proposal meant they really didn't want to do a deal with the Knicks. Not much has changed since, though the Knicks believe the Nuggets eventually will soften on taking either Gallinari or Chandler, not both. (Eddy Curry's contract must be included for the cap numbers to work). Meanwhile, the Nuggets and Nets have re-engaged in trade talks -- which has seemed inevitable -- throwing another wrench in the Knicks' bid. As of now, the Knicks and Nuggets head to the All-Star break with a wide chasm, and all of New York crossing their fingers that the Knicks can snag Anthony before next Thursday's trade deadline. Denver's talks with the Nets are viewed by some as a ploy to get Knicks president Donnie Walsh to give up the farm. "They want everything," the league source said of Denver. "The Knicks didn't even have to sit down and talk about that offer. It's not even logistically possible. They'd have two miserable stars with nothing around them." The Nuggets feel they can package some of those players in trades for better draft picks.
Source: Nuggets want 5 Knicks and 1st-round pick in Anthony deal
New York Post | Feb 17