Friday , Jan , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: OJ Mayo the key to New York getting Carmelo Anthony?

The Knicks have reportedly reached out to the Grizzlies to see if they would be willing to include O.J. Mayo in a three-team deal for Carmelo Anthony.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Carmelo Anthony saga has again changed.

Just when you thought the small forward was finally on his way to the New Jersey Nets with the help of the Detroit Pistons, the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies weighed in.

Apparently, the Knicks and Grizzlies are hatching out a separate trade for OJ Mayo, who the Knicks would then include in a package to the Denver Nuggets for Anthony.

The Knicks and Grizzlies have entered, or re-entered, the Anthony saga for separate reasons.

The Knicks are back. After years of being the league laughingstock, Madison Square Garden is enjoying a renaissance, and eagerly waiting to return to the playoffs.

However, to challenge the big boys in the Eastern Conference – like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic – the Knicks will need to add another piece.

Enter Anthony. There’s a belief he’ll team with Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton to take the Knicks to another level.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are looking to ditch ties with Mayo. The controversial forward has had a poor season and recently scrapped with teammate Tony Allen over an unpaid gambling debt.

Of course, Mayo’s due for a contract extension, so the thrifty Grizzlies are exploring ways to cut ties with him.

Bottom line: the Nets have significant competition for Anthony.

–Oly Sandor.


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