It only took forever but Carmelo Anthony finally got what he wanted after finally being traded to the New York Knicks yesterday. It had been speculated that he was going to New Jersey and even Los Angeles, but in the end, he got his wish.
Message to all up and coming NBA stars: If you bitch and moan long enough, you can decide what team you play for next. You know Chris Paul is getting that memo.
The Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks worked out a massive trade that where the Nuggets will get Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round pick. Meanwhile, the Knicks will get Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
It’s actually a pretty good trade for Denver considering they were running the risk of getting absolutely nothing for Melo. Now, they take all of the Knicks best young prospects and shed an aging point guard in Billups, a solid defensive back-up point guard in Carter, and two role players. Oh, and they get rid of a volume shooting, whiner, who hasn’t played a full season of defense since he wore Syracuse across his chest…Even then, they were in the 2-3… Not bad at all Denver.
As for the Knicks, I’m hearing so many people saying that Carmelo won’t help them win games this year. I don’t believe that. Granted, Carmelo and Amare Stoudemire will have to learn to play together, but that’s Billups’ job to make sure that ball gets spread around, and he’s a veteran at managing misfits and emotional players. He might the best in the league at doing exactly that.
I think Carmelo shows up in the Big Apple and starts lighting it up right away. I think he’ll find that no one can guard him out East at all. I think Carmelo will find the East as ripe for feasting as Stoudemire did, and with something now to prove, I think he’ll tear it up.
Will the Knicks move up in the standings? Doubtful. But they’ll be a dangerous team in the playoffs.