DENVER
10/20/2010 12:15 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors Heat Back Up With Reports That Knicks, Bulls Still In Running

After a few weeks of relative calm, the Carmelo Anthony trade reports appear to be picking up again.

ESPN.com reported Wednesday that the New York Knicks have been working furiously over the last several weeks to secure a first-round draft pick to include as part of a package for the Nuggets that would include Eddy Curry's expiring contract, Anthony Randolph, and possibly Danilo Gallinari.

Lately, the team has also been shopping Gallinari and Randolph in order to potentially acquire a player the Nuggets like better, according to ESPN's Chris Sheridan.

Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn, has mentioned the Knicks and Bulls as two teams with which he would agree to sign a long-term contract extension.

ESPN also reports that the Bulls are still in the running, despite taking Nuggets target Joakim Noah off the table by signing him to a long-term deal.

Anthony, whose contract expires at the end of this season, reportedly nixed a promising deal with the Philadelphia 76ers in September because he didn't want to play for the team.

That set up an awkward situation in which Anthony--who has refused to sign a 3-year, $65 million contract extension with the Nuggets unless they have an acceptable trade in place--had to report to the team's training camp and answer the media's questions about his status.

By all accounts, Anthony has turned in solid practices and gotten along well with teammates despite his uncertain future with the team. ESPN reported that there was no indication of any timeline to pull the trigger on a deal, meaning Anthony could still be a Nugget when the regular season opens on October 27.