(Can’t wait to see him in a Knicks jersey!)
While the Knicks’ acquisition of Carmelo Anthony may not be a surprise, the lengths they went to to get him are pretty impressive… or rather desperate, depending on how you look at it.
James Dolan pulled the trigger Monday night on a blockbuster deal for Anthony, the Brooklyn-born All-Star forward and former Syracuse standout, who for months was angling for an opportunity to join forces with Amar’e Stoudemire in New York. It’s all part of the Knicks’ ambitious plan to eventually add either Chris Paul or Deron Williams next year and give the club its own Big Three to compete against Miami and Boston.
The price for Anthony was steep, as the Knicks traded Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and rookie center Timofey Mozgov to the Denver Nuggets. They also gave Denver $3 million in cash plus a 2014 first-round pick and two second-round picks they had acquired from Golden State in last summer’s sign-and-trade with David Lee.
The Knicks get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman and Anthony Carter. In a separate deal, the Knicks traded Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to the Minnesota T-Wolves, who in turn will reportedly send Corey Brewer to the Knicks. As a condition of the deal, Anthony will get a 3-year, $65 million extension.
The trade has been speculated ever since Carmelo’s huge “New York City Wedding” this past summer and was fueled even more after The Denver Nuggets offered Carmelo a 3 year $65 million dollar extension, that he refused to sign. And it looks as though the Knicks may not be done yet. Chris Paul, the superstar point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, has also expressed extreme interest in playing with the Knicks when his contract is up next year. During Carmelo’s wedding to media personality Lala Vazquez, he gave a toast and hinted that he, Carmelo and Amar’e Stoudemire would build their own Big 3 in the Big Apple!
Denver is the only team Carmelo has played for since entering the league in 2003. Sources say Denver refused to trade him to any team in the Western Conference (like them), so the chance of Carmelo going to the Lakers like he was supposedly considering wasn’t going to happen. Leading players are teaming up with other leading players left and right. Now that Carmelo is on the same team as Amar’e Stoudamire, it is about to get real in the Eastern Conference…and at the Garden!
Welcome back home Carmelo! This is huge for NY. Ever since Amar’e signed with the Knicks he has revived the franchise and we are now close to the play offs, which hasn’t happened in years. So now with the addition of Anthony they will create magic on the court. I have been to a few basketball games, once before Amar’e signed, last February and MSG wasn’t sold out and there wasn’t any energy like you normally feel when you are at the Garden. I went recently on Christmas to see the Knicks VS Bulls and I couldn’t believe the difference, the impact one man, Amar’e has made. There wasn’t an empty seat and the fans were on fire. It was nice to see. Now it’s going to be hard for me to get those court side and floor seats because soon as it was announced that Melo is now a Knickerbocker ALL tickets to upcoming Knicks game has been sold out!