|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBASo, after all of the mid-season hype, anticipation, and backroom dealing, Carmelo Anthony is making the move to the New York Knicks. The Denver Nuggets and Knicks finally worked out the trade late on Monday night, although the trade will not be officially recognized until a conference call takes place with the league on Tuesday.
Carmelo has stated in the past that he would like to play in Madison Square Garden as a member of the Knicks, and he is expected to sign a three-year, $65 million contract. He will join Amare Stoudemire there, and the two are good friends. Anthony is also a member of the 2003 NBA Draft, a standout year for impressive players which also included LeBron James and Dwayne Wade.
The price for Anthony was high, though. The Knicks are sending a number of players to Denver, including Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov. New York is also giving up to the Nuggets its 2014 first-round draft pick. The Nuggets are sending more players to New York, as well, including Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, and Shelden Williams.
To clear salary-cap space for the newcomers, New York also brought the Minnesota Timberworlves into the deal. The Knicks get Corey Brewer, while the Wolves acquire Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry, and $3 million. Insiders expect these trades to be the beginning of moves for some of these players, rather than their end team destinations for the rest of the season.
So what is expected from the Knicks now that they have finally acquired Carmelo Anthony? While they are not in a position to dominate this year, they are putting some of the positions in place to have a strong season in a year or two. Even by April of this year, expect some improvement from the Knicks, as the addition of Anthony will help them in both the short and long term.
While the trade does not put New York back on the map or make the Knicks a title contender right now, their chances of playoff success improve dramatically. And while the Nuggets lose an outstanding scorer, they also made out well in the deal themselves.