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The Knicks got their wish. They have traded for Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets.
New York definitely had to give up a lot of big pieces to acquire him though.
The Knicks and D'Antoni will miss players Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler.
The final trade offer sends Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman out to New York.
In exchange the Nuggets received Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Raymond Felton and a first round pick.
However, if we break this down, it might not be a whole lot of value lost for New York.
Raymond Felton for Chauncey Billups is close to an even deal. Felton is probably better at running the Knicks offense, but Billups oozes playoff experience and big play ability.
Wilson Chandler is on an expiring contract. So now the Knicks will use the money they would pay Chandler (and more) to sign Carmelo on an extension.
The players New York will really miss are Gallinari and Mozgov. Both were European products that fit in great with Mike D'Antoni's system.
However, the Knicks now have the three headed monster of Anthony, Billups, and Stoudemire.
On top of that they were able to keep Landry Fields. Fields is having a great rookie season and is a very underrated player on the floor.
Watch out for New York to make some more moves and solidify their roster for a big playoff run.
Congratulations New York, you are NBA relevant again.