AP source: Knicks reach deal to acquire Carmelo Anthony

(AP) - Carmelo Anthony is getting his wish, and the NewYork Knicks are getting a second superstar. The Knicks have agreed to a trade with

NEW YORK - (AP) - Carmelo Anthony is getting his wish, and the NewYork Knicks are getting a second superstar. The Knicks have agreed to a trade with the Denver Nuggets forAnthony, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Presson Monday night. The deal that would end the season-long trade saga involvingDenver's All-Star forward and send him to his desired destinationcan't be finalized until Tuesday during a conference call with theNBA office. Assuming it goes through, it puts Anthony alongsideAmar'e Stoudemire in a potentially explosive frontcourt - at a heavycost to the Knicks. The person provided no other details of who was in the deal,which was first reported Monday by the Denver Post. The personspoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was notauthorized to comment publicly on the trade. The Post, citing a league source, said the Knicks would sendWilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgovand a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who would getadditional picks and cash. Along with Anthony, New York would acquire Chauncey Billups,Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman, according tothe Post. ESPN later reported it was a three-way deal with Minnesota,which would acquire Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph from the Knicksfor Corey Brewer. The Nuggets have explored an Anthony trade since he refused tosign the three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 millionthey offered him last summer. They appeared on the verge of sendinghim to the New Jersey Nets on multiple occasions, but the Knicksincreased their offer enough to land Anthony, who was believed toprefer New York all along. The Knicks would hope he could be in uniform Wednesday when theyhost the Milwaukee Bucks. Denver coach George Karl said there was "some sadness" to thedeal, which sends away not only Anthony but Billups, the popularDenver native. But he added it was "time to move on, reinvent."

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