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Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:57 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 9:35 am
 
Seven months after the famous toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding, the second member of the Knicks' proposed Big Three is on his way to New York.

Just like he wanted all along.

And now that Anthony is finally a Knick, teaming with Amar'e Stoudemire to form one of the most lethal scoring duos in the NBA, the question of how it's going to work is as important as who's coming next.

The Knicks and Nuggets agreed Monday night on a massive, three-team, 13-player trade sending Anthony to New York, three league sources told CBSSports.com.

The deal, approved by league officials Tuesday night, is Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and New York's 2014 first-round pick going to Denver for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman and Anthony Carter. The Timberwolves agreed to take Eddy Curry's expiring contract along with Anthony Randolph from the Knicks and send Corey Brewer to New York -- not Denver, as was discussed in a previous version of the trade. The Wolves get $3 million from the Knicks, which will be used to buy Curry out of the few remaining pay checks on his $11.3 million contract.

The Nuggets also get Golden State's second-round picks in 2012 and '13 from New York -- an incredible haul for Denver general manager Masai Ujiri considering the superstar he was forced to trade in his first few months on the job only had one destination in mind. Denver also gets Greek center Kosta Koufos from Minnesota for a second-round pick, a wrinkle added during the trade call with league officials Tuesday. Mozgov and the second-round picks being added after the Knicks made what was described as their final offer Sunday further called into question whether Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan overruled his basketball staff to close the deal.

As they said on one of the news shows Monday night in New York, "If your name is not Amar'e Stoudemire ... you've been traded!"

"They gave up their team," one rival executive said of the assets New York surrendered for Anthony, the league's sixth-leading scorer and a four-time All-Star.

Despite the assets surrendered for Anthony, the deal was another bold step for Knicks president Donnie Walsh, who needed only two years to clean up a decade-old mess at the Garden and put two of the top 10-15 players in the NBA in Knicks jerseys in a span of seven months. Though the Knicks team that emerges from this trade will have flaws, it is the most relevant -- and most dangerous -- team that has inhabited the Garden in more than a decade. The key player the Knicks would have refused to give up in the deal was Landry Fields, a second-round pick who has emerged as one of the top rookies in the league.

Pending the passing of physicals, Anthony and Billups will make their Knicks debuts Wednesday night against Milwaukee at the Garden.

The question becomes whether Walsh will have enough flexibility to make the third member of the Anthony wedding trinity, Chris Paul, appear between 31st and 33rd Streets when he is a free agent in 2012. Deron Williams also will be a free agent that summer, and CBSSports.com reported last week that Williams began contemplating a union with Stoudemire last summer. It isn't clear whether Stoudemire and Anthony making a combined $40 million in 2012-13 will allow space for a third max player under a new collective bargaining agreement. But once the Lakers, Celtics and Heat set the precedent for superstars teaming up, it can't be good for them and not good for others.

The Nets, whose pursuit of Anthony ended Monday night in a crushing disappointment for Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov, could expand the deal by taking two ex-Knicks from Denver but are not fully committed to the idea, according to a person briefed on the negotiations. The Nets' involvement depends on which two of the four ex-Knicks the Nuggets want to trade. Nuggets officials have been pushing for some degree of assurance that they can flip two of the Knicks players they are getting for draft picks, which they value more.

It was presumed earlier Monday that Denver would flip Gallinari and Mozgov to New Jersey for two first-round picks, providing the final incentive for Denver to part with its franchise player. But sources indicated Monday night that the Nets may actually want Felton in that scenario, and that New Jersey prefers Felton over acquiring Andre Miller from Portland in one of several separate potential trades they are discussing.

Either way, Anthony finally will get his wish Tuesday -- a three-year, $65 million extension with the Knicks, the team he has pushed to be dealt to since September. CBSSports.com reported in December and again in January that Anthony, if traded, wouldn't sign an extension anywhere but with the Knicks. His persistence was tested in recent days, when Anthony agreed to meet with Prokhorov, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and other Nets management figures during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles as a condition of getting permission to meet with the Knicks' Dolan. Anthony was careful not to give any commitment to Prokhorov, but he also didn't turn the Nets down. To ensure that the Nuggets could get a competitive offer from New York, Anthony needed to leverage the possibility of signing the extension with the Nets. So in a way, Anthony and Ujiri were working in tandem all along to get Anthony to his preferred destination in a way that satisfied both their agendas.

Anthony, 26, will join fellow All-Star Stoudemire, 28, to form one of the most potent offensive duos in the NBA -- and the highest-profile superstars in their prime that the team has had in the lives of most Knicks fans. But with the Knicks giving up three starters and Mozgov, a 24-year-old 7-footer, New York will have a thin bench and still won't have a defensive big man to take pressure off Stoudemire. In addition, Stoudemire and Anthony will be scheduled to make $40 million combined in 2012-13 -- perhaps hampering the Knicks' efforts to land a member of that summer's star-studded free-agent class including Paul, Williams, and Dwight Howard.

Meanwhile, Denver's new basketball brain trust of Ujiri and executive Josh Kroenke passed an enormous test of their will, patience and negotiating chops with flying colors. Going all the way back to September, when they refused to pull the trigger on a four-team Melo trade involving Charlotte and Utah, Ujiri and Kroenke expertly played the Knicks and Nets against each other to the tune of a potentially massive package of assets for Anthony. The strategy resulted in an out-of-control groundswell of public support in New York for the Knicks to acquire Anthony, a player some significant members of the organization were determined not to give up major assets to acquire. And in an unimaginable twist given the obstacle that Anthony only wanted to re-sign with the Knicks, the Nuggets could wind up walking away with significant assets from both of the teams that pursued their star player.

It is common for general managers to print money in trades through contract-swapping. The Nuggets could essentially wind up printing draft picks by flipping two of the Knicks' players they didn't want for assets they value more. Even if the Nuggets wind up trading none of the ex-Knicks to New Jersey, it was an extremely impressive debut in the hot seat for Ujiri, a Nigerian-born former international scout who was part of the Toronto front office that got burned by free agent Chris Bosh last summer.

The Knicks get older, but arguably better at the point guard position with Billups, 34, taking over for Felton, 26 -- though Billups is not a classic pick-and-roll point guard and will have trouble playing the heavy minutes Felton endured. Williams, a disciplined, 6-9 reserve, will help bolster New York's undersized front court, and the addition of Brewer to the deal gives the Knicks a much needed wing defender.

In the end, this one's all about Melo -- a sidekick for Stoudemire who will cause problems for Boston, Miami and Chicago while serving as further magnetism for future free agents.  

They're still one shy of a Big Three.

For up to date news on the NBA trade deadline, follow Ken Berger on Twitter at @KBerg_CBS
For more on the Nuggets' trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks: 
Ben Golliver breaks down the winners and losers from the trade
Did this trade make the Knicks contenders? Royce Young has his doubts
Carmelo Anthony: No one man should have all that power , thinks Matt Moore. 


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Austin103
Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:11 pm
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Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

It is different. We dont have amare, melo and paul all agree to become free agents at once and then take pay cuts to play together. We signed amare to a max contract, we just traded 3 starters, which included wilson chandler and gallo for melo. The knicks had almost as good as package as NJ. And btw saying and doing is two different things. Chris Paul is in New Orleans right now not in NY. He had his chance to get traded at the begining of the season if you dont remember. This is managment making moves. Not 3 players taking control like wade, bosh and lebum did. The heat are awful. I believe they are 1-5 against top teams. Thats not including the loss to the knicks. Theres no way they are getting by the celtics and the lakers know what they have. When it comes time they will turn it up. I have a hard time believing the heat can even get past the bulls. This is the NBA not a street ball game. Just because you have three stars doesnt mean your good. All the heat do and can do is iso/1 on 1 and that is really easy to stop just ask the celtics. When did you become a heat fan? Probably over the summer just like the rest of the heat fans.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

Amare + Carmelo won't win a title nor even make the NBA Finals just like Amare + Nash never even made the NBA Finals.   Playoffs are all about defense and having two superstars that suck on D (grant Anthony isn't nearly as bad as Nash) is a recipe for failure.



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

Typical NBA caca...

A disgrace to the game of basketball.

I'd try and eleborate more to avoid people from bashing me for hating on their league, but I'm sure there are mroe than a few out there who agree with me

Riby,

I agree with you.  The NBA has officially became a JOKE!  From the horrible All-Star festivities, dress codes, bogus trades and free-agency to highway robbery of NBA teams(My Sonics!)...I'm fed up with the NBA.  They might as well dissolve all the NBA teams except for the Lakers, Spurs, Celtics, Heat, Magic, and now the Knicks!  Just have a 6 team NBA because that's all the media cares about. 




Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

As a die hard knicks fan, not like all the knick fans who have suddenly come out of the wood work within the last year, I am very happy that carmelo is on the team. But i feel that Dolan and Isiah have no place dealing with the team. Besides dolan owning the knicks he has no expirience in sports. He has never played or coached baketball and does not know what he is doing and it shows when he lets Isiah Thomas step in right when Donnie Walsh finishes cleaning up Thomas's mess that took years to fix. Isiah Thomas is a bum. He has not done one positive thing for the organization. Him and Dolan destroyed the knicks and until walsh came there was no future. We went from Eastern Confrence finals in 2000 to not making the playoffs in almost a decade. And most of that can be contributed to Dolan and Thomas' awful decisions. And now when things are finnally looking up walsh and dantoni have brought the organization back and we are having the best year since 1999 dolan is letting Isiah Thomas make decisions again and it seems like he will have Walsh's job next season. And I believe all knick fans agree with me when I say Dolan is a f'king moron and Isiah Thomas is just as stupid. Its like dumb and dumber, beavis and butthead. Walsh had the nuggets in a corner then dolan and thomas step in and half our team and 3 starters are gone for one guy. Now where are we? 2 stars with a bunch of mediocre players with a 35 year old billups. Hopefully the new agreement wont cut the salary cap otherwise we will not beable to get that 3rd player we desperatley need like Howard, Paul or Williams. But how cant I be a little bit happy, after ten years of losing im happy as hell to see the knicks 2 games over 500.



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

  Whatever tv station is carrying the Knicks and Heat game on Sunday is happy today.  I would be willing to bet it will the highest rated sunday evening basketball game ever.  Everyone is talking about all the stars aligning on one team.  Doesn't this give other players a chance to be that star on their own team?  Seems like sometimes players don't get the opportunity to be that leader because their college careers weren't so amazing therefore there skills never really improve.  Take that same guy and give him a leadership role and you may have another star.  The NFL didn't just sprout up so many stars; they got playing time and reached their full potential because you need 11 players on the field at a time as opposed to less than half that for the NBA.  I bet we would have never heard of James Harrison if he played basketball.  



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

NY isn't doing the same thing as Miami at all.  New York TRADED for 'Melo, they didn't have THREE players commit collusion by talking to each other, signing with the same team and trying to form a super team together.  There's a difference between TRADING for a player and committing collusion to sign THREE of the best players in the NBA.....actually, it's a BIG difference.



Ok..so let me get this straight. Its different because he was traded. New Jersey had the more favorable package of players and Denver would of rather traded Melo to them, BUT since MELO has said repeated times he is not signing any extension with any other team besides NY. Lets not forget "THE TOAST" at the wedding. Hmm...sounds like a gathering to me which i would bet next years world series that they will find a way to get Chris Paul to New York. Hence the reason i said BASICALLY doing the ssame thing.

They may still be able to beat NY, but they certainly can't beat Boston so it doesn't really matter.  LeChoke will NEVER win a championship in Miami, you can take that to the bank.


But we have Wade and Bosh incase lebron does choke.

Stick with the Phillies....ill agree with pretty much anything you say about them.



Since: Apr 27, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

Felton probably will be a better player than Billups next year, but there may be no next year with a lockout looming. In 2012 Felton will be gone anyway and the Knicks will look to sign either Paul or Williams, so trading Felton is a non factor.




Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

No disrespect to any of those players - but it was Jordans team. Great players today seem afraid to take that role.
Carmelo didn't want it.
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Pippen to his Jordan?

Is that a "bad" thing?

Anyone that would refer to Pippen as a "Role Player" clearly has no appreciation of history. Pippen was equally important to the six championships as Jordan. Equally.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Knicks, Nuggets agree to Melo trade

I'm not sure how much of this article is truth and how much is speculation, but if Melo was working with Denver mgmt to help get them considerably more than they should have in the deal by bluffing with NJ, than Melo deserves a lot more credit from Denver fans than he is getting. Regardless of the CBA, he could have walked at the end of the season for nothing. Instead, Denver gets a whole lot of potential, and in my opinion as a Knicks fan, the better end of the deal. Personally, I wish the Knicks would have held out and grabbed Melo in free agency. Now we have gapping holes. There's no way I can see Donnie Walsh pulling the trigger here. Must have been that idiot Dolan. Seriously, Duck Folan!!! Go play your guitar while stroking Isiah.


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