Oh Jim, you poor tortured soul. You've waited a long time for the opportunity to finally make right with the masses of New Yorkers who have so frequently called for your head in the past.
Whether it be disgruntled fans constructing a makeshift pink-slip for Isiah Thomas (whom for some reason you still turn to for advice) outside of the Garden, fellow businessmen who for the love of God could not understand why you would offer Allan Houston a 6-year $100 million maximum contract in 2001 (yes, I know his last minute tip-in in Game 5 against the Heat was epic, but still Jimmy), or just a swarm of pissed-off Cablevision subscribers when you blacked out their Yankees back in 2002: let's just say it hasn't always been pretty, James.
But now you're on the cusp of landing one of the premier forwards in the NBA, a fan-favorite, and to some extent, a hometown hero. Your Knicks are once again relevant and there's a feeling around town that the storm is finally over and the beloved Orange and Blue are ready to compete again. This seems like a no-brainer, a real opportunity to spark some fan-friendly excitement into what has already been a pretty optimistic season.
Time to pull the trigger and acquire 'Melo, right James? Wrong.
Carmelo Anthony would be a terrific Knick and there's no doubt about it. Yes, sure, the Knicks need a defensive spark and it's a well-known fact around the league that defense really isn't in 'Melo's vocabulary, but his current 25.2 points a game and 7.6 rebounds a game would do wonders for an offense solely dependent on Amar'e Stoudemire. His jerseys would fly off the shelves, the Knicks will make the playoffs, and yes, finally yes, James Dolan you might actually get an, "OK Jim, not bad" from Knicks fans.
But the problem here, Jim, is you're giving up a whole lot of your team's future in exchange for one primetime player who more than likely, will not be enough to finally compete with either the aging Celtics or that three-headed monster constructed down in South Beach. There's a reason why Donnie Walsh doesn't want to make this trade: he's smart. There's also a reason why your main man for advice, Isiah Thomas, is urging you to make this deal: he isn't.
The proposed deal between the Nets and Nuggets which came out yesterday and made huge headlines was a bluff. Both the Nuggets and Knicks know Carmelo wants to join Amar'e in the Garden and that Newark/Brooklyn/Wherever is really not an option. The Nets? More than likely, they're just in denial.
If the Nets are seriously considering sending Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and four first-round picks to Denver in exchange for Anthony, then David Stern should really look into opening an investigation into whether or not Isiah Thomas is secretly running that show as well.
The Nuggets want the Knicks to include more into a deal, to get as much as they can before the trade deadline or else New York's dream scenario occurs: Carmelo Anthony signs with the Knicks in the offseason after opting out of his contract, thus allowing the Knicks to keep a good majority of their roster. What's the best way to make James Dolan squirm and push the Knicks to the bargaining table? Approve a ridiculous deal with New Jersey and make it seem like Anthony would be open to donning a Nets uniform.
Dolan won't let Carmelo set up shop across the Hudson, it's just not an option. By the end of the weekend, look for the Knicks to make the deal with Denver, more than likely including Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, and a first round pick—at least. Dolan will push the envelope (and Donnie Walsh's buttons) in order to acquire Anthony because he feels like it's the New York thing to do, not necessarily the right thing for the team.
The Nuggets are bluffing and they've picked the perfect opponent to play against. Sorry, James.
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