A long multi month saga came to an end today when the Denver Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. ‘Melo now gets his chance to be the man on a team in a big time media market. His reputation and legacy will now depend on how he handles that, and how he deals with the New York media which is not exactly an easy thing to accomplish.
Before we go any farther let us take a look at the details of this trade:
- The New York Knicks get- Carmelo Anthony along with Guard Chauncey Billups, Guard Anthony Carter, Center Sheldon Williams, and forward Renaldo Balkman
- The Denver Nuggets get- Guard Raymond Felton, Forwards Danilo Gallinari, Center Timofrey Mozgov, the Knicks first round pick in 2014, and second round picks in 2012 and 2013. They will also receive 3 million dollars in cash
In a separate deal the Knicks will send Center Eddie Curry and Forward Anthony Randolph and another 3 million dollars to the Minnesota Timberwolves for small forward Corey Brewer.
Now the Knicks feature a starting five with ‘Melo, Amar’e Stoudamire and an aging Billups. Not to bad of a starting lineup even if Billups is not what he once was, but this hardly makes the Knicks a championship contender immediately. If does give them a potent one-two punch, and the hope is that Billups and the others can play in the Knicks high tempo offense.
As it stands right now I think we have to call the Nuggets clear winners in this deal. They got a lot for a guy who on longer wished to play for them and they can use what they got to rebuild for the future. We shall see how this one works out for the Knicks.
- The Business of the NBA
- Joshua Lobdell.com