Done Deal: Melo and the Knicks

Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets

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I know that I’m posting this up late, and that EVERYONE has weighed in on last night’s news that Carmelo Anthony was part of a 12-player trade to join the New York Knicks. As with most things, my general sense of the landscape is that some people (i.e. Knicks fans, Syracuse fans, Melo fans) are happy, some people (Nuggets fans) are very disappointed, half of everyone else are finding plenty of reasons to be critical of the move and the other half just wishes we’d all shut up about it.

Same as it ever was.

As for me, I’m happy to see it. I’ve long felt that the NBA is generally a better place when the Knicks are relevant, if only because it raises the stakes for playing in the World’s Most Famous Arena.

I like Melo, and I like Melo in New York. Having attended my first Syracuse game during the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden, I have no trouble telling you how loved Syracuse is in New York City, and how exciting it’ll be for Carmelo to play in Orange and Blue again.

As for the details on how the deal got done, well, there’s really no other way to spin it. The Melo-to-NY storyline has been mind numbingly crazy, twists and turns from day-to-day, rumor and speculation from various anonymous sources, that one cigarette smoking dude leaking privileged information to Mulder and Scully. It’s been a mad house.

As John Hollinger puts it:

Anthony became the first player in memory to issue a trade demand and then list one team that he’d accept a trade to. And then somehow, the Knicks decided to start bidding against themselves and repeatedly agreed to up the ante in the final hours.

Were it not for a pending CBA negotiation, an impressive array of smoke screens and trade signals from the Nuggets, a made-for-TV soap opera in the Knicks from office and a surprisingly wily Russian named Mikhail Prokhorov forging a new, very expensive deal at the last minute, my feeling is that this trade would have never been made. The Knicks would have waited out the season and tried their hand at getting Melo in Free Agency, but, what are you going to do?

It was a strange trade that went down in a strange time, but the Knicks got what they wanted, the Nuggets got something in return, and Melo gets to play where he wanted to play.

Here’s a look at the trade from a 2010-11 stats perspective:

NYK -> DEN

Wilson Chandler, F 16.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 34.5 MPG
Raymond Felton, G 17.1 PPG, 9.0 APG, 38.4 MPG
Danilo Gallinari, F 15.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 34.8 MPG
Timofey Mozgov, C 4.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 13.5 MPG
Future 1st round draft pick 3 Million dollars

DEN -> NYK

Carmelo Anthony, F * 25.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 25.5 MPG
Chauncey Billups, G * 16.5 PPG, 5.6 APG, 32.3 MPG
Shelden Williams, F 4.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 17.0 MPG
Anthony Carter, G 1.9 PPG, 1.9 APG, 10.9 MPG
Renaldo Balkman, F 2.6 PPG, .8 RPG, 8.8 MPG

NYK -> MIN

Anthony Randolph, F 2.1 PPG, 2,4 RPG, 7.5 MPG
Eddy Curry, C 3.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 8.9 MPG
3 Million dollars

MIN -> NYK

Corey Brewer, F 8.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 24.3 MPG

* All Star

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~ by djepperson on February 22, 2011.

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