The world can rotate again. The longest, most convoluted, and sometimes, most annoying story of 2011 is over. And, as these things tend to go, the most likely outcome is the eventual outcome.
Carmelo Anthony is a New York Knick.
Here’s the details:
Knicks Give: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, and the 2014 first round pick
Knicks Get: Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Anthony Carter, Sheldon Williams, and Carmelo
Denver also gets the Warriors 2012 second round pick, the Warriors 2013 pick, and 3 million dollars
Don’t look too deep into this Knick fans, its a good move. Too many times in sports, fans try to be contrarian by saying they don’t like trades where a lot of players are switched for the sole purpose of the movement one gigantic piece – but here’s the reality- this was a move that HAD to be made.
The NBA is not a superstar league anymore. It’s a two superstar league. Look at the Lakers. Look at the Celtics. Look at the Heat. Teams that win have two bona fide greats in the starting lineup. Before Monday, the Knicks were missing one.
It had become dreadfully obvious over the past month that the Knicks, as they were constructed, were not going to win a playoff series. With the uncertainty of next years labor agreement looming and the realization by Anthony that he had to go and had to go now. Without a championship caliber team on the floor, whats the harm at continuing to build one in-season, even if you sacrifice a few games of chemestry in the process? You’re not building unless you’re building for a championship. And passing on a top 7-15 (depending on who you listen to) player isn’t building for a championship.
As much as the word leverage was thrown around in the last few days, people forgot that Denver had the ultimate leverage. They, at the end of the day, controlled the major piece. Once it became clear that Anthony had no interest in playing Russian roulette with the union, Denver had all the power. They weren’t going to get “Lebroned” because Carmelo had no interest in “lebroning” them. He wanted out now, and if it was New Jersey, well, close enough.
Ultimately he got what he wanted. So did the Nuggets.
But the biggest winner in all of this is the Knicks. Why?
They now have two.
About the Author
Written by Jordan Lauterbach
Jordan Lauterbach began his career in sports media when he was just 15 years old at WKWZ - Syosset. He hosted a sports talk show for nearly four years before moving on to WCWP - Brookville in 2006. Lauterbach currently hosts a sports talk show every Wednesday night from 9pm - midnight (eastern) and a College Football talk show on Saturday mornings from 11am - 12:30 (eastern) (can be heard online at wcwpsports.com and on Long Island on 88.1fm). Follow me on twiiter: jlauterbach1