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.