Carmelo Anthony Finally Dealt. Are the Knicks Ready to Contend?

Carmelo Anthony will now be teaming up with Amare Stoudemire in the Big Apple

So the Melo-drama is over. The inevitable happened. I wonder how Mikhail Prokhorov is feeling right about now.

In case you don’t have twitter here’s how the deal went down. The Knicks gave up Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, and their 2014 1st round pick. The Nuggets will also receive 2nd round picks in 2012 and 2013 that originally belonged to the Warriors. The Timberwolves get Eddy Curry’s expiring contract, Anthony Randolph and $3 million cash. Most importantly, the Knicks will acquire Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Corey Brewer and a 2nd round pick.

Throughout this whole ordeal Donnie Walsh had been adamant in his refusal to include both Gallinari and Chandler. Whether or not it was pressure from above to incorporate both players, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that the Knicks have once again screwed themselves over for the future.

I’m also not alone in loving the idea of a ball-dominant wing player combined with a very good big man. Kobe-Shaq, Kobe-Gasol, Wade-Shaq, yeah, you get the picture. The problem with the Knicks picture is that selling the farm makes the combination significantly less lethal. Landry Fields, Toney Douglas and Ronny Turiaf ain’t going to get the job done by themselves.

The Knicks aren’t ready to contend. Anthony is a very good player but he doesn’t make those around him much better. Essentially a .500 team without Carmelo, it will become apparent that the Knicks will roll through the abundance of weak teams in the East but simply roll over when they face real competition.

Amare Stoudemire is not going to benefit from less touches and a ball-dominating non-creator.

Chris Paul or Deron Williams in 2012? Possibly, but like the Heat, the issue of adequate role players leaves them in quite the predicament. The combination of a superior point, wing and big player is as ideal as it gets from a star recipe stand point, but the headline ingredients cannot complete the meal without their lesser parts.

No draft picks and the potential for a hard cap in the future make the assembling of a quality supporting cast that much more difficult. Not to mention that putting all the eggs in the PG basket might not work out exactly as planned. Sorry to burst your Knick bubble if you hadn’t figured that one out. It sounds like the fool-proof Lebron plan all over again.

So what now? Do the Knicks just settle for a 4-6 seed in the Eastern Conference for the next couple seasons?

Donnie Walsh must know that his team can’t compete with the likes of Boston or Miami yet.

The much hyped Carmelo Anthony trade changes the complexion of things in the East but not drastically. The Knicks will be better but not as much as they should be given how much they traded away.

The Denver Nuggets suckered the Knicks into a bidding war with the Knicks paying not only in players but in their future as well.

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13 Responses to Carmelo Anthony Finally Dealt. Are the Knicks Ready to Contend?

  1. Couldn’t agree more man, it will be an interesting free-agency period in 2012. Or now that the Nuggets have set this standard maybe it will be an interesting regular season for the Magic, Jazz and Hornets next year. Also thanks for the read, I’ll be back here too like what I see!

    • Thanks for your comment on my blog. I appreciate any and all feedback. I am certainly glad the trade was finally consumated. It took a while and I am glad the Knicks (whoever actually pulled the trigger, be it Dolan or Walsh) decided to go through with it. It was questionable there for a while, especially with the Nets with Prokhorov suddenly re-entering the picture. I am glad that RUssian bafoon didn’t get his way. Carmelo had a good first game; a bit inconsistent but that’s to be expected after the whirlwind he went through 24 hours prior to the game. I am excited to see what he does from here on out and how Stoudemire handles playing second fiddle to Carmelo. I am pretty sure this is going to be Carmelo Anthony’s team.

  2. badnewsrapdudes says:

    I agree. Good trade for both sides, but Denver came out the winner. Lots of young talent, shed cap space, got a trade exception, plus draft picks. They have the tools to build a contender.

    The Knicks on the other hand have the foundation to build, but no tools.

    I feel like New Jersey really did the Nuggets a favor by creating a bidding war and driving up the price for Carmelo. I think Prokhorov knew they didn’t have a serious chance at landing Carmelo, and I’m sure he’s somewhere sitting back and laughing that he forced the Knicks hand and made them give up so much because they were “scared”.

    Still an interesting combination though, and I would like to see if the Knicks could possible lure Deron Williams to New York. He’s a better fit in D’Antoni’s offense, and he’s successfully burnt his bridges in Utah.

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    • I am not sure Denver came out the winner. How can a team who lost two of the better players in the trade (Carmelo and Billups) come out the winner? You mention the tools that Denver has. I am not really sure what those tools are. Gallinari? Felton? I consider them pieces that a team uses to acquire great talent. Solid players, nothing more. The Knicks did exactly what they needed to do with them. Trade them to acquire an All-star. The question is simple: Would Denver do the deal IF Carmelo was willing to resign with them? The answer is no. They would resign him. Therefore, they were forced to make the trade. If a team is forced to do something, it is already a loser. I will grant you that Denver did the best they could do in licking their wounds by taking some pieces from the Knicks, but again, they are far from consolation after losing one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA in his prime.
      Also, I am not so sure Prokhorov is laughing. If his biggest achievement thus far is forcing a team to overpay for an all-star that he himself wanted, that is pretty pathetic. He came in as the Nets owner talking the talk. Put up the huge billboard in front of the Garden as if he is the new sheriff in town. Then what happened? He swung and missed on LeBron and now has missed on Anthony. They did acquire Daron Williams, but let’s be real: there is no way Williams is resigning with the Nets when his contract expires in 2012. He will just jump across the Hudson to New York and the Knicks will have the last laugh. Prokhorov has not done anything and acquiring Williams (against his will) who is likely to bolt, is not going to bring more stars to NJ. Just a dumb decision. But hey, if he is laughing…he is the real fool here.

      • HighSchoolBasketballNerd says:

        Honestly, I don’t think that Denver lost at all. Billups and Melo were not taking them to the Finals, so they had to start over, especially with Melo wanting his way out like a petulant child, and what they got in return, as well as dumping some un-needed players gives them both cap flexibility, picks to assist in their rebuilding and more than adequate wing players and a point guard stud in Raymond Felton. Needless to say, the Nuggets really screwed over the Knicks here, as now, they’re pretty much Amare + Melo and no bench to be found at all.
        As for Prohorov, I’m sure its safe to say he fixed it up with D-Will. The last they they needed in Jersey was another wing player to mentor guys like Outlaw, Morrow, Damion James and Uzoh. What the needed was a PG who would give those guys the ball at the wing for open gunning opportunities. Basically, I think the Nuggets, Knicks and Nets went down Win-Lose-Win, for sure.

  3. Oatmeal says:

    Great ideas, I’m not too much big on the idea of Carmelo in New York alone, but don’t discount the play of Reynaldo Balkman and Sheldon Williams. They won’t confuse anybody as a second coming of Scottie and Horace Grant, but they will add quality minutes to the New York roster. Besides getting rid of Felton, I don’t see much New York will miss.

  4. I got an email that ‘Melo was traded, and I was psyched. Then I read your article (I am subscribed to your blog) and saw what they gave up. Wow, they really gave up a TON to get Carmelo. Felton was great this season and it’s also sad to see Gallo and Wilson Chandler gone. Chandler is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated scorers you’ll find.

  5. gk28 says:

    I bet Prokhorov is pretty glad, actually. He pushed for ‘Melo this whole time, and he didn’t get Anthony, but he got his plan B. The Knicks gave up EVERYONE. So now New York has basically no one to back up the two stars and Denver has zero stars and lots of quality back up players. He’s making offers everywhere to mess with the other team’s lineups.

  6. tophatal says:


    So the “maggot” got traded ? Does that mean the Knicks immediately becomes better ? Statistically on offense they do but ‘melo is a liability on the defensive side of things and as we all know that’s not one of this team’s strong points nor was it ever one of DAntoni’s to begin with ! I just hope that after this Stephen A Smith doesn’t start to act like SNL’s Tracy Morgan and start to pleasure himself because of this signing !


    tophatal ……………………..

  7. HOUSEsports says:

    I really like what the move does for the NBA. It brings the stars back to the big market teams, but I do agree with you in believing that the Knicks gave up too much to get Anthony. They really should have reconsidered keeping either Wilson Chandler or Danilo Gallinari. But, I think they will figure something out to put some more dependable pieces around him.

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  9. calvinaftercal says:

    Excellent blog post. As an LA fan I’m a huge proponent of center/wing combos, but if you’ve followed Bill Simmons on this he is still pretty skeptical of the “3-amigos” superstar formula. That’s why the Lakers imploded in 2004 (supposedly) and why the Heat could as well if Wade and James become at odds. I am curious what you think about the prospects of actually signing Chris Paul/Deron Williams after the CBA expires and contracts are drastically cut post-lockout? Because it’ll just be the sole PG taking a pay cut, not the entire trio. Like I said in my blog (see end), Melo+Amare+Paul/Williams will never rival the Miami trio in terms of defensive discipline, which wins championships.

    In the end, I think fans are going to win. They get to see another superstar team, playing in the largest media market no less. Unless those fans are living in Denver or New Orleans or whatever other small market their superstar is bolting from.

  10. chappy81 says:

    Anytime you can get a player as good as Melo you have to do it. It will take some pressure off Stoudemire as well which will make him even more unstoppable. I think it all boils down to what they do in the future. I like Billups being able to keep both of these guys on the winning means more than stats bandwagon. It will be an interesting experiment that’s for sure.

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