Saturday , Aug , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nets and Knicks to battle for Carmelo Anthony?

The Nets will have around $20 million in cap space rroom next summer when Murphy comes off the books, making them just as plausible a destination for Anthony as the Knicks if Anthony decides not to sign the $65 million extension from Denver that’s been sitting there for a month. 

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: New York or New Jersey/Brooklyn?

If he decides to leave the Denver Nuggets, if he decides to leave a three year deal for the GDP of a third world nation on the table, if he decides to roll the dice on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Carmelo Anthony will have to pick between the Knicks and Nets.

Madison Square Gardens will still have significant cap space because they only signed one free agent this summer: Amar’e Stoudemire.

Meanwhile, their crosstown cousins, the Nets, still have financial flexibility because they shed salary all summer and acquired Troy Murphy’s expiring pact this week.

And so the war is on. Not just for Anthony, though.

New Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov – also known as Russia’s richest man – wants to establish a rivalry with the Knicks. He’s the ultimate Alpha Male and won’t accept second billing behind James Dolan’s squad or any team.

For instance, he’s plastered signs all over New York, announcing the Nets arrival. And after much delay, the Brooklyn stadium project has broken ground. 

Melo is just one part of the new Knicks-Nets battle. A little competition is good for all involved.

–Oly Sandor.

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