Well, it looks like it's finally happened. Denver have managed to give Carmelo Anthony everything he's been wanting for the last year—a shiny New York City address.
However, none of these teams is in the title hunt—at least not this season. While Anthony's decision will have an enormous impact on the future of all three parties, the repercussions won't be felt as heavily right now.
Oh, and this is good news for the Boston Celtics.
By parting ways with three of their starting five, New York has written off the 2010-11 season in favour of the future. In giving up so much of what has made the New York Knicks resurgent this season, the Knicks have ensured that they will be no competition for the Celtics this year.
It will be months before the "new" New York Knicks are able to gel as a unit, both on and off the court. There will be plays to learn and egos to manage—both of which take time.
We all saw how long it took for the Miami Heat to become the three-headed beast we all expected them to be this season. With the season past the halfway point, there is insufficient time for the New York Knicks to become a cohesive and competitive team.
So, for now, the Knicks have done the Boston Celtics a huge favour. One less Western Conference obstacle on their way to a potential eighteenth ring.
The real question that remains however is whether they will be an even bigger obstacle in the future.
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(Not as big a trade, media wise, as Carmelo to New York but surely more relevant to deciding who wins this years title)
(Shaq wasn't the first, and he won't be the last)
(Hint - it could be Rajon Rondo)