It’s finally over! Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the New York Knicks in a three way trade involving the Minnesota Timberwolves as well as Denver. Here’s how it breaks down and what each team gets in the swap:
Knicks Get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Corey Brewer
Nuggets Get: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round draft pick, Golden State’s 2012 and 2013 2nd round picks, $3 million cash
Timberwolves Get: Anthony Randolph, Eddie Curry
I like the trade on all accounts. The Knicks get their superstar player and will most likely get him locked up long term. They also get Billups who works well with Carmelo. It hurts how much they gave up, but Carmelo and Amara is a great nucleus of two superstars to build upon. They just need to keep adding solid players and build up the bench and they should be ready to compete by next season. Denver on the other hand gets a slew of players who fit the “good but not great” mold. Felton offers a solid starter to step in for Billups. Chandler has some versatility and can play the 2, 3, or 4 while Gallinari is a solid shooter. Mozgov also helps out as a big guy in the middle. What’s real interesting is Denver has some options. Nene becomes replaceable with Mozgov now on the roster, and Chandler and Gallinari ultimately are best at the same position (SF). Rumor has it Gallinari will be shopped over to a team like New Jersey or the Clippers for a first round pick. If that’s the case, respect needs to be given to Nets owner for Prokhorov for getting New York to give up more than they would have otherwise and also landing a rival player for less. The last team on here is Minnesota who gives up Corey Brewer who’s replaceable and receive Eddy Curry’s enormous contract and Anthony Randolph (the player they really wanted). Minnesota’s latest hobby has been hoarding underachieving forwards and centers so Randolph makes sense.