It what is certainly no shocker, the New York Knicks will acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets — the deal is expected to be finalized Monday night. It finally puts an end to a season long drama that has been the top news story in the NBA this year.
The trade is a three-way deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves getting involved.
The Knicks will send forwards Danillo Ganillari and Wilson Chandley, point guard Raymond Felton, center Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ first-round pick in 2014, and second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts that originally belonged to the Warriors.
Anthony will be joined in New York by point guards Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter, forwards Shedlon Williams and former New York Knicks 1st round pick, Renaldo Balkman.
New York will also receive former 2007 lottery pick Corey Brewer from the Timberwolves as part of the three-way deal. In exchange for Brewer, New York deals off Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry.
The Knicks hope that Anthony and the rest of the other players will be in uniform on Wednesday night when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Legends night.
For a long time, it seemed like Carmelo was never going to get his wish and land in the Big Apple. The Nuggets had a chance to send him to the New Jersey Nets many times but Anthony never showed any desire to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the New Jersey that was needed for the Nets to finalize the deal.
Anthony met with both Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan during All-Star Weekend and hoped there would be a resolution before he set to return to the Nuggets on Tuesday.
Anthony did not want to take any chances on waiting for the free agent period. He was going to be the premier free agent after the season but with the new collective bargaining agreement coming up, Anthony did not want to risk in losing over $20 million dollars if he did not sign the extension.
Instead, Anthony gets his desire and now will make the Knicks his home for the next three seasons. With Anthony, the Knicks bring in another superstar to help put their lone superstar, Amar’e Stoudemire. After striking out with LeBron James last summer during free agency, New York made it a mission to bring Anthony to New York. It started back in July during Anthony’s wedding that Chris Paul made a toast by saying that Anthony should come to New York and he will follow him when he is a free agent in 2012.