Well, the talk changed VERY quickly post the All Star Game with the trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. Finally.
The deal sees Melo, Billups, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman and Minnesota’s Corey Brewer go to NYK. Denver gets forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, guard Raymond Felton and centers Timofey Mozgov (NYK) and Kosta Koufos (Minnesota). Minnesota gets Eddy Curry’s fat… ummm… ‘expiring contract’ and Anthony Randolph. Some draft picks fly around too.
So… the Knicks got their man, and can be happy. Or will they be?
Here’s some reactions around Bloguin…
Mookie – A Stern Warning
Well, well. This certainly is a mammoth trade.
There is no doubt that the Knicks have done very well out of this and have put together a very formidable unit in the “win now” category. Where I say “win now”, I refer to the inclusion of Mr Big Shot, Chauncey Billups. He is as great a competitor at the point guard position as there is out there, but clearly he does not have as much time left on the clock as if they had been able to stick with Raymond Felton.
With a core of Carmelo Anthony, Billups, Amar”’e Stoudemire and Landry Fields, not to mention a slew of role players, the Knicks are a team that no one in the East will want to meet in the playoffs.
Denver have done as well as they could hope under tough circumstances. They have gone into rebuilding mode and in the process have picked up some very attractive future pieces in Danilo Gallinari, Felton, Wilson Chandler and draft picks, whilst offloading the older Billups and malcontent Melo. Well done.
The Timberwolves were a bit player in this trade, but they may be laughing down the track if indeed Anthony Randolph has that breakout season that has been touted since he entered the league — who knows?
Andy Furman – Ultimate NYG
As a ny giants blogger, I don’t consider myself a bb authority by any means. With that said, as a mild Knicks fan, I don’t like the trade because it disrupts the progress the franchise was clearly making since cleaning house. I hear that the head coach is stepping down after the season.. That speaks volumes.
Joe Tetreault – Tetreault Vision
And… Zeke’s calling the shots again. I believe by law that means this is a bad deal. I kid.
College Wolf – TWolves Blog
I don’t see this significantly and positively affecting the Knicks final results this season (aka championship contention), but they should be better off down the road, depending on the new CBA and if/when they can add more supporting players.
More importantly: Does this mean Isiah Thomas is back?!? If so, I’m all for it! Maybe now David Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahn won’t be the consensus Worst-GM-in-the-NBA anymore!
Edward Isaacson – NBA Draft Blog
This trade is bad on so many levels. Yes, the idea of a superstar like Carmelo playing in NYC is great for the city, but they gave up way too much – and I’m not even a fan of players like Gallinari and Mozgov. Too many young pieces and draft picks for a guy who can only score, dosn’t do anything else well.
Joey Pinzone – Buffalo Wins
Melo is nothing more than a wannabe LeBron James.
There was no reason to come to NYC, expect to get more endorsements and have a bigger plateau to play on. He wanted to try and upstage what James did in the summer. That’s why he wanted to get traded, because he knew the media would run with it and shove it down our throats.
He’s always been envious of James, going back to when they both were drafted the same year. If you look at the rosters, you can’t tell me that the Knicks were better than the Nuggets.
It’s all about recognition these days, not about wins. Back in the 80’s, Karl Malone wouldn’t have demanded to goto New York because of the pageantry. He wanted to win.
I get to a certain extent why James left for Miami, I mean, he had a chance to play with Wade and Bosh. However, don’t tell me that the cast of the Knicks are better than that of the Nuggets. It’s all about marketability and the fledgling career of a former MTV DJ.
Lives – Knicks Fanatics
This is a horrible trade. This is a wonderful trade. It is what it is, everything else is nothing but interpretation until it fails or turns into a Championship. So let’s flow with it.
On one hand Dolan gave up far too much for any one player not named Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Bill Russell. Can you imagine equating Carmelo Anthony to four starters? This trade feels bad on so many levels, especially since it seems as though the Knicks were held hostage by Carmelo who was afraid of losing $40 Million which the Knicks will surely pay. It feels like we caved in in a game of Russian Roulette when it was little more than Prokhorov’s poker face.
We not only lost four of our top six players, we surrendered two years of work building our international cache with the likes of Mozzy and Gallo and Curry, who certainly played like he was in a foreign land. Yea, that’s what I mean: he was never on the same court as his teammates.
On the other hand, what the Knicks gave up was going no where. The Knicks, at best, were a .500 team, absolutely no better than they were when D’Antoni took over a team that included Zach Randolph, Jamal Crawford, Chris Duhon and David Lee, a group that had a winning record when they were split up. Mozgov, a project at best, was not enough to hold up the opportunity to add one of the best players in the league which would attract more players to a spot which had become famous amongst players for being a hell hole for the discontent.
Dolan’s treatment of Marbury, instead of just releasing him, and the Knicks penchant for rentals was attractive only to Stoudemire and only because Phoenix would not give him a long contract. Stoudemire surprised a lot of people because he came here motivated to make a name for himself without Nash.
Studdy brought swagger. That swagger brought Melo. Stat-Melo will bring someone else and now New York is a place where players will want to play.
Now it is time for the Knicks to get a GM that can handle building a championship quality team. Walsh is a nice guy, but his time had come and gone two years ago. He was essentially doing Stern a favor by keeping Dolan and Isiah out of sight and out of mind. This deal is not a Walsh deal. This deal does not favor D’Antoni. This changes everything. It was not a great deal, but sometimes when there is an opportunity so rare and so special, you spend the extra value to create even greater value.
This move brings the Knicks closer to a Championship than having Mozgov, Chandler, Gallo and Felton on the same team.
Phillip Rossmanreich – Orlando Magic Daily
Carmelo is undoubtedly one of the top talents in the league and New York has certainly returned to making splashy moves. In the long run this might be a good move. But as for this year, I think it might be a terrible move. The Knicks gave up a lot of their depth to make this move happen and I am not quite sure Chauncey Billups can run Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced offense. The fact it seemed D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh were against this deal says something. New York fans should be pretty happy, they will get a show every night.
Whether that means wins this year I am not sure and I am not hopeful. I don’t see New York moving out of the six spot in the East.
I posted some more thoughts and what the trades mean for the Magic over at Orlando Magic Daily…
Andre Purtell – The Fantasy Dudes
We just put a story up on our site covering the trade, with a focus on its fantasy impact. Check it out.
Ezra Poe – The Purple and Gold Blog
I’m not sure if Chauncey Billups was happy with the trade or is willing to run D’Antoni’s system, but he’ll probably ask for a buyout anyway. The Knicks gave up players from different positions for basically an offensive machine.
How are they going to compensate for the loss of all of those players while keeping a straight face saying that they are still a contender?
Will Melo and Amare have enough chemistry now or even later?
It will be interesting how the Knicks will built their team around Melo and Amare.
For my money, the Knicks gave up too much. I knew that they had that on the table… but at what cost does this acquisition come?
Melo’s not exactly an ideal pairing next to Amar’e Stoudemire. They gave up some very nice pieces to put a guy who plays next to no defense next to a guy who plays next to no defense.
Sure… they’re better than they were. But at a price that Walsh seemed unwilling to pay.
Yet pay it they did.
It’ll pan out interesting, that’s for sure. I think Denver win big time here. But a few more days, and they get nothing for Melo.
Now? It seems like they robbed a bank, and the bank gave them a free lunch whilst they did it.