Ever since ‘The Decision’ was revealed, current Nuggets superstar and NBA All-Pro, Carmelo Anthony has clamored to play for the New York Knicks. Anthony, a native of Brooklyn, and wife LaLa Vasquez have publicly stated that they want to live in New York. For what it’s worth, Vasquez was recently spotted house hunting in Westchester. Anthony has already shunned one New York team in the metro area and has stated that he will only sign an extension with the Knicks. The Lakers have recently gotten involved in trade talks for Anthony, but there aren’t enough basketballs for Anthony, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol in Los Angeles. The Mavericks and Rockets have stated obvious interest, but neither team fits what Anthony is looking for.

Knicks President Donnie Walsh has handled Carmelo-Mania perfectly thus far and here are three reasons why:

1. Current Offers: We know that the Nuggets really don’t have much leverage, so Knicks are trying to acquire Anthony at a discounted price. We’ve seen a potential three-team trade proposal that includes the Knicks, Nuggets, and Timberwolves. The Knicks would send Eddy Curry’s expiring contract and Anthony Randolph to Minnesota. Minnesota would deal Corey Brewer, a future first round pick , while the Knicks would send Wilson Chandler to Denver. Clearly, the Nuggets were offered a better package by the Nets that included first round picks and 2010 first rounder, Derrick Favors so they are reluctant to accept this package. Plus, Anthony has basically stated that he would not sign an extension with the Nets. Issues with Chandler’s health have caused the Nuggets to demand either Danilo Gallinari or Landry Fields. If push comes to shove, I’d rather see the Knicks deal Gallinari simply because Fields gritty style of play meshes much better with Anthony. There’s no doubt that Gallinari can light it up from behind the arc, but Anthony is one of the best pure scorers in the game. Walsh knows that he has until February 24th to strike a deal, so he can afford to wait.

2. Not Buying The Laker Hype: I’m not buying the Carmelo-to-LA deal at all. There’s no doubt that adding Anthony would make the Lakers the most dangerous offensive team in the league, but are there enough shots? Kobe is averaging 20 shots per game, Gasol 14, and Anthony is averaging 19 shots per game. I wouldn’t even go into the touches needed to get Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, and others going. Dealing Andrew Bynum would also make the Lakers dangerously small up front. Gasol would need to become the Lakers full-time center, forcing Odom to play power forward on a more prominent basis. With Boston’s imposing size up front, mismatches would greatly hurt the Lakers in a potential finals rematch, even with a dynamic scorer like Anthony on board. I’m not buying the Laker trade talk and it’s obvious that Walsh isn’t, either. No desperate trade offers have been made. Walsh still has time.

3. Realizing the Need For Three Star Players: The Miami Heat have three bonafide studs. The Boston Celtics have four and one of the deepest benches in the NBA. The Knicks have only one, but have the leverage to get a second one in the fold. Walsh knows that if he wants his 26-25 club to go toe-to-toe with the league’s best, Anthony must come to the Garden. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard will become free agents in the next two years, so these two players remain options for the Knicks in the near future. Walsh isn’t going to sell the farm to bring Carmelo here, but he realizes the importance of having a solid foundation in place for Anthony.

Ultimately, Carmelo Anthony will be a Knick. I think it’ll happen next week as the Nuggets begin to become a little more desperate. The Laker story is being overblown (thanks, ESPN) and that’s simply because there aren’t a ton of stories right now. If it comes down to sacrificing Gallinari to acquire Anthony, Walsh will pull the trigger and bring Anthony back home.