Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks Back On Thanks to Minnesota Timberwolves

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2011

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The New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and now the Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly discussing a three-team trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks.

The Deal

New York Gets: Carmelo Anthony.
Denver Gets: Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and a first-round pick from Minnesota.
Minnesota Gets: Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry.

Some are saying the deal could be finalized by the middle of this upcoming week, while others are thinking it may drag out until the deadline.

If there's anything this Melo saga has taught us, it's patience. I, for one, hope this deal gets done as soon as possible so we can all stop speculating.

Why It Works

For New York: Well, duh. Actually, the loss of Wilson Chandler may hurt a bit, but the acquisition of Anthony more than makes up for that. They also lose two big men that never see the floor anyway.

For Denver: It doesn't really, but they would have this whole mess over with. Wilson Chandler is not Melo, but he'd be an adequate replacement. Plus, the first-round pick from Minnesota will be in the lottery.

If this deal goes down, we may see the Nuggets enter full-scale rebuilding mode. Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith, Al Harrington or Kenyon Martin could all go next.

For Minnesota: They'd get another young big man with a lot of potential in Anthony Randolph. He hasn't played much in his young career, but he'd almost certainly be an upgrade over Darko Milicic.

Eddy Curry's big contract would come off the books at the end of the year. So, no big deal there.


Make It Happen

We've been constantly speculating about when Melo will leave and where he'll end up since this past summer. The sooner this gets over with, the better.

Every time a new deal is reported, we get our hopes up. Then, we're let down as talks fizzle out.

A few months ago, a four-team trade involving Denver, Charlotte, Utah and New Jersey fell through. More recently, a three-team deal with Denver, Detroit and New Jersey suffered the same fate.

At this point, everyone involved (including Denver's fans), would prefer for this entire thing to be settled so we can all move on.


Is New York a Legitimate Contender with Carmelo Anthony?

My instincts on this actually tell me no. They'd have a great deal of firepower with Melo, Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire. However, there's reason to believe their offensive prowess alone won't be enough.

Carmelo has had some very good supporting casts in Denver, but rarely made it out of the first round of the playoffs. When they did, Denver's defense proved too porous to stand up to elite teams.

New York coach Mike D'Antoni led some very good teams in Phoenix. Like the Nuggets, those Suns squads just weren't quite championship-caliber.

The combination of Melo and D'Antoni may yield results very similar to what they experienced individually in Denver and Phoenix.

However, the other side of the argument can be compelling as well.

New York is already one of the most difficult teams in the league to defend. Adding Melo to that mix makes them even more lethal.

Plus, every championship caliber team or player had their "first time" before they were labeled as such.

Hopefully, this is not just more overblown speculation, and the deal actually goes down this time. That way, we'll be able to finally see how Carmelo's dream of playing in New York will pan out.