The NBA is aflutter this morning in the wake of the Carmelo Anthony deal, and I (hello!) will be acting as your hyperbolic news correspondent in reporting the aftershocks.
Does Danilo stay in Denver? What is the Nets Plan B? And will Otis Smith come to his senses in time to agree to my Dwight Howard for Antawn Jamison swap?
Let’s start in New York, where the Knicks now field a starting lineup of Billups, Fields, Anthony, Stoudemire and Turiaf. And a bench of Spike Lee.
Heading west are Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov; an impressive haul for a Denver team supposedly negotiating from a corner. In gutting nearly half the roster, Donnie Walsh (Donnie Walsh?) has landed his second star, but landed him to a Knicks team too top-heavy to get out of the first round of the playoffs. At least not this year.
Carmelo and Amar’e will combine to form one of the most potent scoring duos in the league—
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—but neither figures to improve the Knicks defensively, where they current rank second worst in the league.
Plenty more to come, including a potential Deron Williams to New Jersey deal. (How in the F are they going to pull that off?)