The Denver Post is reporting that the New York Knicks have finally reached an agreement with the Denver Nuggets that will send all star Carmelo Anthony to the Big Apple. There are about a dozen players involved in the trade, so here’s a look at what each team picked up in the deal that ended MeloDrama once and for all.
New York receives: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman
Denver receives: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov
There are draft picks and cash involved in the deal, but in the fantasy world we will just focus on the players.
Carmelo Anthony: No one can deny that Melo was the No. 1 scoring option in Denver, but his value will not really take a hit by moving to New York. Yes, he has Amare Stoudemire, who ranks second in the NBA in scoring, to share the ball with, but there’s a reason the Knicks gave up so much for Melo: he’s that good. Expect Melo to thrive in Mike D’Antonio’s fast-paced offense while his rebounding numbers should also see an increase, even as he averages a career-high 7.6 boards per game. If anything, this hurts Stoudemire’s value. With Chandler and Gallinari gone, Melo will be the go-to guy on the wing and be expected to put up big numbers every night.
Chauncey Billups: There are rumors that Billups will be shipped out or request a buyout from the Knicks, but if he sticks in New York his value will increase. With Felton out, Billups will not have a Ty Lawson to spell him, meaning bigger minutes for the veteran. Having Anthony and Stoudemire to pass to will not only boost his assist numbers, it will also free things up for him on the outside and off pick and rolls. Rumors are still changing every second on where he will end up, but if it’s in New York then Billups owners should be very happy.
Raymond Felton: Much like Billups, even more so, Felton could be dealt by the Nuggets to open things up for Lawson as the main man. Regardless of where he winds up (New Jersey?), his value is going to take a hit. He was putting up career numbers in New York’s fast-paced, wide open offense and will now be forced into a more traditional point guard role wherever he winds up. Denver is a better situation fantasy-wise than New Jersey, so Felton owners should hope he stays with the Nuggets and has Chandler, Gallinari, and Nene around.
Danilo Gallinari: It’s hard to see this trade helping anyone who moves OUT of New York, but Gallinari now has a legitimate chance to become the No. 1 scorer on a team. New York’s offense was perfect for Gallinari but there are fewer options on offense for Gallinari to fight for in terms of shots, so a points increase could be on the horizon for him. It was rumored earlier that Gallinari and Mozgov might have been on the move, but those rumors have been put to rest and he will stay in Denver.
Wilson Chandler: It may have been the ankle injury that was hurting his production, or Chandler just wore out his welcome in New York, but a change of scenery should be good for him. The Nuggets might stick with Aaron Afflalo and Kenyon Martin in the starting lineup, but if they want to show off their new toys, Chandler could see a starting role that he lost with the Knicks. Either way, don’t expect his value to change much with the trade. If anything, it takes a slight hit leaving New York’s offense.
Timofey Mozgov: The Knicks were reluctant to give up the 24-year-old Mozgov, but in the end it was necessary to get a deal done. He had a few nice spurts while starting in New York but playing behind Nene won’t do him any favors. Throw Chris Anderson and Kenyon Martin into the mix, and you’ve got quite the crowded front court. It does help that he will play in a more traditional offense in Denver, but for now he doesn’t have a ton of value. That being said, the Nuggets really wanted Mozgov so they may be willing to give him a look. He projects better off long-term if Nene walks via free agency this offseason.
Sheldon Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman: Leave them on waivers.