New York Knicks: Were They Right To Decline the Nuggets' Offer?

Sam SiegelContributor IIFebruary 15, 2011

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It seems like this Carmelo Anthony drama has been going on forever.  One day it's this team, the next day it's a different team.  One day he'll sign an extension Denver, the next day he won't sign an extension with Denver.  It's ridiculous and I'm tired of it, and I'm sure all of you are too.  This deal needs to get done. 

The Knicks have not been playing so hot lately.  At one point this season, the Knicks were at a very solid 21-15.  At this day, the Knicks are 27-26 standing at only one game over .500.  I think we can all agree that the Carmelo Anthony drama is affecting the players, and that's why the Knicks haven't been playing up to their full potential. 

Wilson Chandler started off the season playing the best basketball of his career.  His name has come up in the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors, and ever since, he's been struggling.  Chandler has come right out and said "I don't want to go to Denver."  I think we can all agree that these trade rumors have affected Chandler's play and some of the other players, including Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton, who have also come up in the trade rumors. 

On February 9th, the Knicks suffered an embarassing loss at home to the Clippers, who had only won three road games until they won at the Garden that night.  The Knicks need to win these kind of games in order for them to do well in the playoff race.  During parts of the third and most of the fourth quarter, the fans at the Garden started chanting "We want Melo".  Donnie Walsh was at the game and I'm sure he started to feel some pressure.

After the game, Mike D'Antoni fired right back at the fans explaining how the chants were distracting to the players and the fans were disrespecting the team. Are the rumors surrounding the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony the reason why the team isn't playing up to its full potential?  Who knows, but losing a game to a team at home that only had three road wins the entire season is inexcusable. 

Besides from all of that, here's the latest news.

On Monday, February 14th, the Nuggets made an offer to the Knicks that would have sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to New York.  However, Denver's asking price was simply just too much for the Knicks to give up.  Denver asked for Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Eddy Curry, a first round pick, and another un-named starter from the Knicks in return.  My guess is, the other starter that the Nuggets asked for was Wilson Chandler. 

It has been reported that Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni believe the Knicks would be giving up too much in that deal.

I'm glad the Knicks declined this deal.  Let's be honest.  Chauncey Billups is getting up there in age and he's not the Billups that we saw a few years ago where he was one of the best point guards in the league.

Basically, we would have gotten Billups straight up for Felton.  Felton is younger and has much more quickness than Billups.  Is he better than Billups?  Well, no, probably not, but he's still a lot younger and is still developing.

Then, we would have gotten Carmelo for Gallinari, Chandler, and a first round pick, excluding Eddy Curry.  Gallinari is a future star who still has room for improvement, but he's improved every season and can only get better.  Chandler is another player who also has a lot of potential.  We've seen him play at his best, and he can be a really good player in this league in the future.  This deal would have favored the Nuggets, and it was just to much for the Knicks to give up. 

The Nuggets are going to realize that they will have to ask for a cheaper price from the Knicks in return for Carmelo. 

In my opinion, the Knicks shouldn't try to acquire Chauncey Billups unless Gallinari isn't included in the deal.  If the Knicks didn't have to include Gallinari, I would have been fine with giving up Felton, Chandler, Curry, and two first round picks in return for Carmelo and Billups.  I'd rather wait and try to trade for Chris Paul during this offseason coming up. 

On February 24th, the day of the trade deadline, this is my prediction:

The Knicks acquire Carmelo Anthony in return for Wilson Chandler, Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry, and two future first round picks. 

Besides from my opinion, what do you guys think? 

Did the Knicks make the right decision by declining the proposed deal by the Nuggets?  Or, should they have taken the deal?