The Carmelo Anthony saga has finally come to an end. To few people’s surprise, Carmelo Anthony is now a member of the New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks are sending Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two second-round picks New York acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the David Lee sign-and-trade and $3 million in the Carmelo Anthony trade.
The New York Knicks will also trade Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will send Corey Brewer to the Nuggets. The New York Knicks will receive Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman.
Carmelo Anthony is now expected to sign a $65 million, three-year extension with the New York Knicks.
“I’m extremely happy for ‘Melo,” said Carmelo Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose. “We are very appreciative to the Denver Nuggets organization for their efforts in assisting ‘Melo to get to New York. ‘Melo is excited and looking forward to playing for the Knicks.”
Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl is said to have pushed team officials to make the Carmelo Anthony deal with the New York Knicks over a straight trade with the New Jersey Nets because it would better position the Denver Nuggets to contend for the playoffs this season.
So, at the end of the day what does this mean for the New York Knicks?
Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups should not miss a beat. The two have developed a solid chemistry at Denver and it will carry over to New York. However, Amar’e Stoudemire has lost the teammates he had worked with to become one of the top scorers in the NBA in the 2010-11 season.
Remember how long it took Miami to get right when they started LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. That is because the new teammates needed to learn how to play together. Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups have a head start but Stoudemire will face a learning curve here.
Expect Amar’e Stoudemire’s stats to drop initially but, when the three men start to click, the New York Knicks will start making some noise.
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