Knicks' trade talks for Melo should heat up

It's official: the Nuggets have hired a new General Manager in-house, former international scout Masai Ujiri. Although the Nuggets now have an advantage with a guy in charge to retain Carmelo Anthony, trade discussions with the Knicks should at least become more legitimate and less speculative. But now it's being reported that Anthony has more interest in the Rockets, and you have to wonder if Texas' lack of a state income tax factors in.

Knicks notes:

  • If you're looking for more evidence to prove that the best thing about Eddy Curry is his expiring contract, here you go: the Knicks center has not shown up once at the team's training facility. Even David Lee has made an appearance. All Curry has done is pick up his $11.2 million option for next season.

  • It now appears an Earl Barron re-signing won't happen.

  • Ronny Turiaf has not only stepped up as a leader for the Knicks, he's also been representing the entire league. Turiaf was in Africa recently to promote NBA's Basketball without Borders, the league's global community outreach program.

  • Knicks legend Cal Ramsey, who's the team's director of special projects and community relations, gave his thoughts on the upcoming season. And he shared a great story about how he encouraged the Knicks to sign Raymond Felton. "When Amar’e Stoudemire was at the press conference, I went over to Amar’e and then I went to Spike Lee and I was telling him that now that we have Amar’e, we need to go out and get Raymond Felton because he can play. Spike Lee told me, 'Why would we want him? Michael Jordan don’t want him. Larry Brown don’t want him. Why would you want him?' I told Spike that Raymond has talent. And sure enough the next day we signed him [Felton]. I’m really glad the Knicks got him."

  • Amar'e Alert: The Knicks star beats out Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki as the best power forward in the game today.

Jared Zwerling is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN RISE. You can follow him on Twitter: @jaredzwerling