After months and months of speculation, the Carmelo Anthony saga is finally over and the New York-native is heading to the Big Apple. In a blockbuster, 12-player, three-team trade, Carmelo finally got his wish granted and will team up with Amar'e Stoudemire in New York.
The Knicks had to relinquish a hefty amount of their core in order to get the hometown superstar, but mission accomplished and Anthony will be wearing a Knicks uniform tomorrow against the Bucks.
New York parted with Danillo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov and Anthony Randolph, as well as a first round draft pick and $3 million in cash. Oh, and how could I forget Eddy Curry. Yes, the Knicks were finally able to get rid of Curry's useless contract after nearly three years of inactivity.
Although spirits are extremely high in New York right now with fans ecstatic about landing Carmelo, the fact still remains that the Knicks had to gut a large portion of their roster in order to acquire Anthony. Outside of the starting lineup, there aren't many players who can contribute on this team.
New York gave up 55.5 points of scoring in the deal, which is just under 50 percent of their offense. While they got a player than can be the best person on the floor most nights, they still gambled in relinquishing the majority of their depth and assets to acquire functional players in the future.
So, that means the Knicks will still need to make additional moves in order to fill out their roster. Star point guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams will be free agents soon and are at the top of the Knicks wish list as they begin to create their own version of a "Big Three."
Here is a rank of the next possible moves the Knicks can make both this season and in the future to eventually build a championship-contending team.