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The Knicks gave up Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Eddy Curry Anthony Randolph and three draft picks to get Carmelo Anthony.
Talk about a huge price tag for one player (I know they got Billups too, but you and I both know New York is not planning any kind of future around him).
Compare that to what the New Jersey Nets gave up for Deron Williams. They sent Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and two draft picks to Utah for arguably the best point guard in the league.
If the Knicks hadn't been so consumed with the idea of having 'Melo, they may have discovered that they could get Williams for a much more affordable price.
New York could've offered comparable (and in my opinion, better) pieces to Utah.
Raymond Felton is more of a true point guard than Devin Harris. Derrick Favors is nothing but potential right now, while Danilo Gallinari has a ton of potential but is also producing right now.
New York also could have thrown in Anthony Randolph. He's an athletic, young power forward that many GMs still think will develop into a great player.
Plus, there's the three draft picks the Knicks could offer.
They're further in the future than the ones the Nets gave up, but Utah may have been willing to overlook that because the players the Knicks could have offered are better than the ones they got from New Jersey.
A deal of Deron Williams for Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Randolph and the picks would have made some sense for both teams.