Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks late Monday evening in a landmark three-team deal as reported by ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.
The Denver Nuggets sent Anthony, veteran point guard Chauncey Billups, backup power forward Shelden Williams, guard Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman to New York for small forward Wilson Chandler, Italian-born rising star Danilo Gallinari, rookie Russian center Timofey Mozgov and steady point-man Raymond Felton along with a 2014 first-round draft pick and two second-round picks.
New York’s seldom-used forward Anthony Randolph and nearly-forgotten big man Eddy Curry were sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves for defensive-minded and wiry small forward Corey Brewer to close out the blockbuster deal.
Although a total of 12 players were involved in this monumental trade, Carmelo was obviously the ultimate prize.
Anthony, 26, is a career 24.8 point per game scorer in the NBA.
The 6-8, 230-pound small forward is a four-time All-Star. He’s led the Nuggets to seven straight playoff appearances since coming into the league as the 3rd overall pick in the historic 2003 NBA Draft as a freshmen out of Syracuse University.
He leaves Denver ranked 3rd all-time in points scored, 3rd in field goals made, 2nd in free throw attempts, 3rd in free throws made, 6th in 3-pt field goals made, 6th in steals, and 8th in rebounds.
Pending league trade approval and mandatory physicals Anthony is expected to make his Madison Square Garden debut Wednesday night when the Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks.
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