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The Deal: Knicks get Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams. Nuggets get Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Kosta Koufos, Timofey Mozgov, cash and picks. Timberwolves get Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph.
New York's Record Since: 6-6
Denver's Record Since: 8-2
Better End of the Deal: Nuggets
The New York Knicks traded four young starters, who at least played some defense, for one superstar who's never proven himself in the playoffs and plays no defense, and an aging point guard whose skill set does not fit New York's system.
The Nuggets play much better team basketball now, and they've assumed a new defensive identity (something they never had when they were built around Melo).
They have several young players who have the potential to develop into stars. Ty Lawson, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Arron Afflalo are all helping Denver fans forget about the Melo era.
New York would have been much better off going for an elite point guard like Deron Williams (who they may still get after next year). Carmelo Anthony stops the ball on offense, and his game does not complement Amar'e Stoudemire's.
They are still at least one major piece (elite point guard) away from having even an outside shot in the rapidly improving Eastern Conference.