In the world of basketball all the talk is on Carmelo Anthony and where he was going to be traded to. Mainly the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks made big time offers for him but only one could have him. This trade finally got finalized today and it was less than a mellow (melo) trade, ha ha. It was a three team trade and somehow the Minnesota Timberwolves were the third wheel. The trade resulted in the Knicks getting Carmelo, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman from the Denver Nuggets and the Nuggets getting Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov along with a 2014 number one draft pick, 2012 and 2013 second-round draft picks, and to top it all off 3 million dollars. So that is the big part of the deal and I think a pretty fair deal. The Knicks get Melo, even though they had to give up Chandler and Felton, but they do get the veteran point guard in the trade to fill in the lost spot of Felton with Billups. The Wolves traded Corey Brewer to the Knicks and received Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph, both of these guys bring a filled bench with centers and power forwards. I think Curry could still live up to his potential if he can ever stay healthy for a full year and with Randolph only being 21 we are all still trying to see what he has to bring, I think a good backup to Kevin Love. Along with this the Wolves send center Kosta Koufos to Denver for second round 2015 draft pick. Now if the Wolves could find a good point guard by next year we might have a great team and I would watch them on a weekly basis. The team that got the most out of this was obviously the Nuggets because they got two good players with three draft picks and four solid bench players with potential for more from them. The Knicks just added one awesome player and one very good veteran player. The only thing is that they have to win in the next three years before Billups gets too old and slows down. I think with Billups at point guard, a good young Landry Fields at shooting guard with Melo at small forward, and Amare Stoudemire at power forward this team is pretty good at scoring. My question is can this team out rebound people with just Stoudemire and Carmelo, I mean what other good big men do they have that can rebound and defend, I think they should add a Ben Wallace for cheap. Otherwise they will just have to mess around with there bench players to see who best fits at the center position with the starting team. This team is not the only team that got better, I think the Nuggets did too because they pretty much traded a superstar small forward and a good point guard for a superstar point guard and a good small forward, if you can catch what I’m saying. Now Denver has a great point guard in Felton and a good small forward in Chandler along with J.R. Smith at shooting guard, Kenyon Martin at power forward, and so many good choices that can be at center, they have more depth in there bench at the lower post. So I think if these teams ever play each other the Nuggets will out rebound them but the Knicks will out score them. Each team in this trade got what they wanted or needed. Knicks got there superstar and Denver got a lot more role players with more draft picks, now they can mess around with those picks. This trade had big hype and lived up to it with 13 players being traded, money being given, and 4 draft picks being traded. I mean all this trade was missing was the Nuggets giving up a washing machine to the Knicks, right? That’s what they did in the olden days, traded some lock room stuff or some copper.
Happy February 22nd!