Carmelo Anthony Trade: Re-Evaluating the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets Trade

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Carmelo Anthony Trade: Re-Evaluating the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets Trade
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On February 22, 2011, the New York Knicks acquired All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, along with veteran point guards Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter and forwards Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman.

In return, the Nuggets received point guard Raymond Felton, forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, rookie center Timofey Mozgov, two second-round draft picks (2012 and 2013) and a 2014 first-round pick.

Rounding out the deal was the Minnesota Timberwolves, who sent Kosta Koufos to Denver, Corey Brewer to New York and received Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph from the Knicks.

Now, initially, this trade was viewed as a huge victory for the Knicks, since they were able to bring in another perennial All-Star, Anthony, to couple with Amar'e Stoudemire, as well as Billups, an established veteran at the point.

Nevertheless, it was still recognized that they had to give up a lot in the deal.

And while the Nuggets obviously received a lot of young talent, people generally believed that the team would enter somewhat of a rebuilding period, seeing as though they dealt away their two star players.

However, things haven't exactly worked out as expected thus far.

Therefore, the next two slides will examine the Knicks-Nuggets trade, focusing on what we now know in order to evaluate how beneficial the trade was to the two franchises.

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