Knicks finally land Anthony

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» Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:52 am;_ylt=An0fl04NFekwlfjn02ZTcVW8vLYF?slug=mc-anthonyknicks022111

Knicks finally land Anthony

The Denver Nuggets have finally completed their long-awaited trade to send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to the New York Knicks.

The Knicks are sending Danilo Gallinari(notes), Raymond Felton(notes), Wilson Chandler(notes), the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two second-round picks New York acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the David Lee sign-and-trade and $3 million. The Knicks will also trade Anthony Randolph(notes) and Eddy Curry’s(notes) expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will send Corey Brewer(notes) to the Nuggets. The Knicks will receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups(notes), Shelden Williams(notes) and Renaldo Balkman(notes) and Anthony Carter.

The Nuggets requested on Saturday that the Knicks also include center Timofey Mozgov(notes) in their trade package and New York complied.

Anthony is expected to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Knicks. If all the players involved in the trade report on time and pass physicals, Anthony’s first game with the Knicks is expected to be Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.

“I’m extremely happy for ‘Melo,” said Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose. “We are very appreciative to the Denver Nuggets organization for their efforts in assisting ‘Melo to get to New York. ‘Melo is excited and looking forward to playing for the Knicks.”

The New Jersey Nets had interest in trying to acquire Felton and maybe Mozgov from the Nuggets for draft picks, but Denver general manager Masai Ujiri said the team will keep all the players it acquired in the deal.

“We are excited about the young guys we’re getting,” Ujiri said. “But we are losing a great player in Carmelo and a fantastic player in Chauncey Billups, a professional and the leader of our team.”

Ujiri has reason to want to keep Mozgov: He’s close with the young center’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye.

Another Ndiaye client, Portland’s Nicolas Batum, had been one of Ujiri’s primary targets in previous trade proposals, but the Blazers have been reluctant to part with the young forward.

“We got a few young, good players and we’re excited,” Ujiri said. “All four players are key pieces. All of them. We are going to enjoy all four of them.

“They all play hard. They are all very skilled. I think they will fit well in George’s. We traded for all of them to be Denver Nuggets.”

Anthony didn’t attend the Nuggets’ practice on Monday, staying behind in Los Angeles after the All-Star Game to appear on Conan O’Brien’s talk show. In an interview at the studio an hour before the trade was completed, Anthony told Yahoo! Sports he still didn’t know where he would be traded.

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke and Ujiri had initially preferred the Nets’ offer for Anthony, which was built around rookie forward Derrick Derrick Favors(notes) and four first-round draft picks, but Anthony was unwilling to commit to signing a contract extension with the Nets.

Nuggets coach George Karl had pushed team officials to make the deal with the Knicks over a straight trade with the Nets because it would better position the Nuggets to contend for the playoffs this season, a source with knowledge of Denver’s plans said.

The Denver Post first reported the trade’s completion.


Carmelo has finally been traded and to where he wanted to go as well, the Knicks.

Reckon the Nuggets did quite well in this trade. Felton has risen to be a very good PG this season, arguably top ten and Billups is coming to the end of his career. WChandler is a pretty good replacement for Carmelo, being pretty allround and an allstar type himself, likely he'll only get better now. Gallinari is a specialist with the three point shot and should definately play alot of minutes in Denver, at least early on and he seems to fit in as well.

They got alot of young talent in return the Nuggets and if they play their cards right, they could be as good if not maybe a little better then what they were before the trade.

The Knicks now have two superstars and Billups, who for now is still a real good PG, but likely for just another couple of years. CBrewer from the TWolves should also help out, especially defensively and they needed to add a few more decent players to fill their roster out, another two or three is needed it looks like.

The TWolves get ARandolph and I hope he really starts living up to his great potential. He really could have the chance to be Garnett like, but he has to work for it. The TWolves have quite a few young promising players, including Flynn, Darko and Beasley. Hopefully they can workout a starting lineup that uses them all well
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» Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:23 am
Wow, that is quite interesting, three teams and many players involved, it should be fun to watch how it will develop. Hopefully Nuggets will have some bad time at the beginning, so we could use that in our PO push.
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» Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:53 pm
ridiculous....really mad at the nba overall

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» Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:18 pm
There are so many angles to look at this trade, first and foremost was it fair for both teams ? One thing first glad this trade is over, the whole Melo trade talk was major drama and distraction for everyone involved.

The Knicks got the player they wanted, Melo went were he wanted. As far as value it is well known that Melo is an established player/allstar and a game changer, linked up with Amare, they could do some damage specially in the east.

As far as the Nuggets, they get so/so, potential type players, am liking Chandler in that deal for them, the rest they can use as trade chips in the future.Overall not a bad look for both teams, but the Knicks will be a problem in the future, they will only get better, and if they land an elite PG then it could b a real problem.

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