Carmelo Anthony Deal Should Trigger Flurry Of Moves

February 22, 2011 – 12:03 am by Ryan Phillips

Our long national nightmare is finally over. Carmelo Anthony has finally been traded to the New York Knicks. We can all stop holding our collective breath and move on with our lives. So can everyone associated with an NBA front office, because now that Anthony has been dealt, other teams can finally start swapping their useless pieces for future cap space. Awesome.

First, we need to look at what was moved in the Anthony deal. The Nuggets (reportedly) received Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round draft pick, two second-round picks and $3 million from the Knicks. The Knicks received Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman. In addition to that, the Minnesota Timberwolves will send Corey Brewer to the Knicks*, while receiving Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract from the Knicks.

Well, it turns out that the Nuggets don’t actually want Felton. In fact, they’re deep in negotiations with the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks in which they’d turn around and trade Felton and Mozgov to the Nets, and the Nets would send point guard Devin Harris to Dallas with…well we’re not really sure what would be going back to Denver. As for now it looks like some combination of first-round picks would be headed to the Nuggets.

On top of that deal, the Nuggets have been waiting to move two other players. Nene, is likely to be dealt to the Houston Rockets, who are desperate for post depth. Houston also has expiring contracts and draft picks to trade, which could help in Denver’s rebuilding effort.

The Nuggets are also looking to move J.R. Smith and his expiring contract, though it’s not certain where he’d go. The Chicago Bulls have long had people in the front office enamored with Smith’s skills, but his attitude leaves much to be desired. Still, the Bulls are looking to upgrade the shooting guard position.

Basically from the above we can assure you of two things. One, the Nuggets are going to get way below the luxury tax and two, they are handing the keys of their offense over to Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo, and will try to surround those two guys with help moving forward.

The Portland Trail Blazers are also looking to deal, with eyes on moving point guard Andre Miller and maybe Joel Pryzbilla’s expiring contract as well.

So now that the Anthony deal is finally done, we’ll get the flurry of moves we’ve been expecting for weeks.

*Knicks, not the Nuggets, received Brewer in the deal.

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  1. 6 Responses to “Carmelo Anthony Deal Should Trigger Flurry Of Moves”

  2. I said early-on that the “King james” move would usher in a CHANGED NBA, having a few ‘SUPER TEAMS’. However, only the rich would get richer…..most teams can least afford the new status. Could “team contraction’ be far behind? Some teams are destine to play the role of the ‘Nationals’…..guaranteed boredom, which will lead to a reduced fan-base. Remember, this is a players’ league, and a copy-cat (where possible) league. Nobody wants to talk about it, i.e., ‘contraction’. Least of all, Commissioner David Stern. But it is what it is, or in this case, ‘..what it will be’.

    By Berdell Hardy on Feb 22, 2011

  3. Will the Knicks regret the cost they were willing to pay in acquiring Carmello? It was high, ridiculously HIGH. Damn! But ‘quick’ fixes are always expensive. Ask any ‘junky’. However, if one is looking for consolation, think New Jersey Nets……..four first round draft choices? So much for long-term planning.

    The Nuggets cleaned-up. Sort of reminds me of the old Minnesota Vikings-Dallas Cowboys trade of yesteryear. And Denver isn’t done yet. Rumor has it that two of the players will be coming back (via the back-door) to the Nets. Maybe the Nets–as they alleged–“sweeten” the trade deal to get the Knicks to sweeten their offer, knowing all along that they would not their desired choice (Anthony), but could profit indirectly from the New York Knicks.
    Nevertheless, Denver cleans up, and emerges from this deal a better team.

    The Knicks? They now have more holes to fill.

    By Berdell Hardy on Feb 22, 2011

  4. Melo is a perfect fit, everybody should stop hateing! Knicks r gonna shock da world!! C.P.3 is next!!:)

    By Carmelo/Melo on Feb 23, 2011

  5. in not too in every bodys best getting a bad trade wrap but yeah i now what the mans doing

    By dionte@hotmailcom on Nov 13, 2012

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