NBA > Carmelo Headed To The Knicks

 

 ~ It’s apparently a done deal and finally the focus can return to basketball on the court. The Denver Nuggets have traded NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks in a blockbuster 3 team deal that finally brings an end to months of rumors, proposed deals, rejected deals, speculation and for Knicks fans … major suspense.

According to Yahoo Sports the trade has the Knicks sending Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, the two second-round picks the Knicks acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the David Lee sign-and-trade and $3 million. The Knicks will also trade Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will send Corey Brewer to New York. The Knicks will receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman and Anthony Carter. Anthony is expected to sign a 3 year extension for $65 million and if all the players involved in the deal pass physicals on time, Anthony’s first game could be this Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Sqaure Garden.

The Knicks gave up a lot to get this deal done. Reportedly Mozgov was a late addition that Denver asked be included in the deal. Losing Felton hurts, however Chauncey Billups is a proven winner at point guard and might feel energized by playing in the Garden with Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Because of Billups contract, it does set up speculation that in another year the Knicks could be pursuing Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Gallinari and Chandler were fan favorites this year for the Knicks, however I think keeping promising rookie Landry Fields out of the trade was a smart move. Can’t forget about getting rid of Eddy Curry’s contract either. The once promising big man who is still young enough to turn his career around goes to Minnesota to play or may have his contract bought out. The bottom line is the Knicks had to make this deal and right away. They didn’t want to take a chance on Denver trading Anthony to New Jersey or waiting to July when he would have become a free agent. The saying is that if you’re a team in the position the Knicks were in, you do what you need to do to get the superstar player. Once the rumors begin to spin again that New Jersey was back in it, the Knicks knew they had to make the deal happen at whatever cost. The Knicks now have two superstars to build a future around.Let’s not leave Denver out of this though, they came away pretty good from this deal. It’s hard enough to lose a Carmelo Anthony. They did a good job adding a mixture of young talent, contracts that can be moved if needed, and a nice bag of draft picks to work with in the future.

Carmelo gets to come home and play for the team he wanted to play for. He got his wish. The Knicks continue to execute the plan general manager Donnie Walsh has put in play since taking over the position from Isaiah Thomas. Time will tell how far the current team goes in the second half of the season, however the focus can finally turn back to basketball on the court.

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