Carmelo Anthony Has Officially Been Traded to the New York Knicks

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Carmelo Anthony Has Officially Been Traded to the New York Knicks
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According to sources such as the New York Daily News, the Denver Post, Yahoo!, and others, Carmelo Anthony is officially a member of the New York Knicks.

The deal involving the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and Minnesota Timberwolves is as such:

 

Knicks Receive

Carmelo Anthony

Chauncey Billups

Anthony Carter

Renaldo Balkman

Shelden Williams

Corey Brewer

 

Nuggets Receive

Raymond Felton

Wilson Chandler

Danilo Gallinari

Timofey Mozgov

2012 Second Round Pick (Warriors)

2013 Second Round Pick (Warriors)

2014 First round pick (Knicks)

$3 million cash

 

Timberwolves Receive

Anthony Randolph

Eddy Curry's expiring contract

 

In a deal that was months in the making, the Knicks finally have Carmelo Anthony. They have traded most of their starting lineup, but finally have the second superstar they wanted.

Anthony had made it clear that he wanted to play for New York, and finally, his wish has come true.

Anthony will join Amar'e Stoudemire on the Knicks, who now become one of the most dangerous one-two punches in the league.

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Carmelo Anthony and teammate Landry Fields

The Knicks will need to go out and find some depth, possibly resigning Earl Barron after his strong showing with the Knicks last season to replace Mozgov at center.

After all the drama with the New Jersey Nets being involved, the Nets may now be able to grab Mozgov and Felton from the Knicks after failing to get Anthony themselves, but no deal is in place yet.

Anthony was excused from Nuggets' practice on Monday to make an appearance on The Conan Show.

This trade will now reopen discussions about the Knicks attempting to sign Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, or Deron Williams after the 2011-2012 season. This will be difficult due to salary cap limits, but the Knicks have two summers before they need to worry about this. 

The 28-26 Knicks (as of Tuesday) are hoping that the addition of Anthony will spark a big second half and playoff run. Currently the 6th seed in the East, the Knicks are 5.5 games behind 5th place Atlanta and 12 games out of the top spot in the East. The Knicks will likely be a road team in the playoffs, but can hope the combination of Stoudemire, Anthony, and Billups can help them beat the top teams in the East.

 

Will update with more details as they come in.

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