Future Star Danilo Gallinari: Why The Knicks Should Not Trade Him

Sam SiegelContributor IIFebruary 4, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27:  Danilo Gallinari #8 of the New York Knicks drives past LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden on January 27, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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When Carmelo Anthony first announced that he wanted out of Denver, the Knicks immediately came into the picture after losing out on super star LeBron James over the summer. 

Anthony has made it clear that he wants to become a Knick, and the Knicks have been trying to work out a trade with Denver all season long in order for him to come to New York. 

However, the trade rumors have inolved the young and talented Danilo Gallinari.  I think it would be wrong for the Knicks to trade him.

Danilo Gallinari was drafted in 2008 in the first round by the Knicks.

Since then, he has improved every year. 

His three point shooting, his low post defense, and his ability to drive to the basket are big assets to the team. 

The Knicks havn't made the playoffs since 2004, and ever since then, they have been one of the worst teams in the NBA, except for this year. 

Gallinari has been a huge part of their success, and he can only get better.  Gallinari could be a future Dirk Nowitzki if he keeps improving like this every season. 

Gallinari is averaging 16.1 points per game this year and is shooting 38% percent from behind the arc, which is very good.  Furthermore, he is a very underrated defender, especially in the low post.

Personally, I would not want to see Gallinari in a Denver Nuggets uniform. He's too important for the Knicks to give up. 

If I were Donnie Walsh, I would come up with a package of Wilson Chandler, Anthony Randolph, Bill Walker, and a first round pick for Melo. As the trade deadline approaches, the Nuggets are running out of time.

If they don't trade Melo, he would leave them over the summer; the Nuggets would then get nothing in return and wind up like the Cleveland Cavaliers when they lost LeBron James. That's why Denver has to ask for a cheeper package from the Knicks. 

Anthony has said that he will only sign an extension with the Knicks.

So what should they do? 

Trade for him by the deadline, or wait until the summer? 

I personally think they should wait until the summer to sign him in free agency. 

Even if they trade for him this year, I don't think they will win a championship.  The chemistry would have to build between Amar'e Stoudamire and Carmelo Anthony, then we can talk about a championship in a year or two.