Congratulations, James Dolan! You are finally on the verge of making the best decision in your tenure as the New York Knicks owner. In a much-publicized and drawn-out circus that we have come to know as "Melo-Drama", it appears to be entering its final stages with Melo heading to where he belongs, Madison Square Garden.
Multiple sources have confirmed that Dolan could execute a trade for Carmelo Anthony as soon as today. The terms of the deal indicate the Knicks would send Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry's expiring contract and a first-round pick (obtained via an Anthony Randolph deal with Minnesota) in exchange for Anthony, Chauncey Billups and some other role players to make the salaries work under the CBA.
Melo requested the initial meeting with James Dolan on Thursday night to confirm the team's interest in him. Dolan has remained adamant in his pursuit of Anthony even if it means overruling general manager Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike D'Antoni. The thought of Melo winding up in New Jersey has not sat well with the Knicks owner, and he is determined to do anything in his power to see that Anthony winds up in NY.
The Knicks are better with Anthony then without. It's just that simple. Promising young asset Danilo Gallinari will never be Carmelo Anthony. Will he develop into a star player? Sure, but never on the level of what Melo is, and would be, playing in Mike D'Antoni's high-octane offense.
Raymond Felton has put together a brilliant season, but Chauncey Billups is a former NBA Champion who does nothing but flat-out win. Billups has a team option for next season and then becomes a free agent. This would set up the Knicks perfectly to complete the "trio" they have long wanted by signing Chris Paul.
James Dolan, I applaud you today for taking control of this situation and being on the verge of bringing arguably the best pure scorer in the game to Madison Square Garden. The Knicks are relevant again and the addition of Carmelo Anthony could lead to some serious noise-making come May.
As for the New Jersey Nets? Maybe they should seek a player who actually wants to play for them instead of trying to force one. They continue to remain a lost cause.