The trade rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony have been circling the teams in play for what seems to be months now. It feels like nobody has been immune to the distraction.
Rumors have surfaced about Carmelo being traded to the Lakers or the Nets, but if you are asking me I think that Carmelo has his heart set on New York, and the Knicks have finally brought an offer to the table that might entice the Nuggets enough to pull the trigger.
It’s a complicated offer that involves more than one team, so let’s take a look at the potential players that are involved in this trade in an attempt to simplify the equation:
Carmelo is obviously the crown jewel of this trade.
He is a perennial All-Star and is always in the running for MVP.
Pairing him up with Amar’e Stoudemire would make New York a major factor in the East.
Billups is a former Finals MVP and is one of the better floor generals that you will find in the NBA.
He is starting to get up there in age though, so he is definitely not going to be the Knicks answer at point guard looking into the future.
For now he is still a great point guard to hold you over.
The official report states that New York would receive an additional role player along with Anthony and Billups.
Even though this is not confirmed, some have speculated that it would be Anthony Carter.
Money makes the world go ‘round.
Need I say more?
To say that Eddy Curry is a disappointment would be somewhat of an understatement considering his size and the potential that he possessed when he first entered the league.
He is part of this trade because he has an expiring contract and the Timberwolves will be able to dump him after the season, and the Knicks can gain some much needed salary cap space.
The Knicks are pretty much giving Minnesota a pair of tennis shoes.
The Knicks would trade Randolph, who is only 21 years old, to the Timberwolves in order to receive a first round draft pick.
Randolph would go really well next to All-Star, Kevin Love, so the trade makes sense for all teams involved.
Consider that it is the Timberwolves first round draft pick, so it will be high.
The Knicks would then send the pick over to Denver as part of their package.
Felton is emerging to be one of the better point guards in the league, and even though I wouldn’t call him elite, I would definitely be happy to have him on my team.
He is averaging 17.1 points and 9 assists per game, which is ideal for your starting point guard.
Felton would bring back a youthful energy to the starting lineup, but there has to be a concern about how Ty Lawson will fit into the equation.
In my opinion Gallinari is the centerpiece of this trade outside of Carmelo Anthony.
He was taken sixth overall in the 2008 draft by the Knicks, and he brings the traditional European size and shooting touch.
He’s 6’10’’ which gives him a huge advantage over most small forwards, and he would be an instant fan favorite in Denver because of his smooth shooting stroke.
It’s a thing of beauty.
Chandler is a great young player with tremendous upside, so if Denver is able to snag him along with Felton and Gallinari, they will be tremendously happy.
He is averaging 16.4 points per game, and when you consider the fact that he is only 23, the ceiling is very high for Chandler.
New York would take the first round draft pick that they acquired from Minnesota and give it to Denver.
This is an important piece of the puzzle for the Nuggets considering that they are giving away their franchise player.
The draft is going to become very important for Denver.
Obviously as with any blockbuster trade there are so many different scenarios and players that can get thrown into the mix, so I want to highlight those options.
Denver has reportedly demanded that Knicks center, Timofey Mozgov, be part of the deal, and that it would be a deal breaker if not.
Also the names of Sheldon Williams and Renaldo Balkman have been thrown into the mix as potential role players that the Knicks would receive from Denver.
Catch your breath real fast.
There are a whole lot of players and pieces that could be part of this potential trade, so let’s simplify the equation.
Denver Would Get:
Danilo Gallinari. Raymond Felton. Wilson Chandler. First Round Draft Pick
Minnesota Would Get:
Eddy Curry. Anthony Randolph.
New York Would Get:
Carmelo Anthony. Chauncey Billups. Role Player(s). $3M in cash considerations.
Timofey Mozgov. Sheldon Williams. Renaldo Blackman