The Knicks offered to send Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and the Knicks’ 2014 first-round draft pick to Denver. The Knicks would also trade Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who would send Corey Brewer to the Nuggets. The Knicks would receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman.
The Nuggets requested on Saturday that the Knicks also include center Timofey Mozgov in their trade package. Denver could then reroute some of the pieces in the trade – including Mozgov – to the New Jersey Nets for draft picks.
So the Knicks caved.
They gave up Mozgov, Felton, Chandler, Randolph, and Gallinari for Melo, Billups, Shelden Williams, and Balkman. Did they improve their team? Yes they did. I’ll take Felton over Billups despite the high powered name at this point, and Williams/Balkman probably aren’t worth as much as anyone else in the trade package, but Melo is still worth a bunch of role players.
You have to give up to Denver though. That’s an extraordinary haul for Melo given that they basically had no leverage whatsoever. They still come out behind because they lose a superstar, but they’ll save 20 million dollars in cash due to avoiding a luxury tax bill and they’ll stock the roster with decent young players and good trade assets.
They’re still a threat to make the playoffs after this trade if George Karl can get things together.
As for the Knicks, they’re looking a bit more dangerous as a #6 seed that we’ll have to face than they did a couple days ago. I still think the Bulls beat them fairly handily, but their team is still improved considerably.
For those thinking Chris Paul or Deron Williams ends up in New York in another year, don’t count on it. The Knicks won’t have remotely enough room under the cap to make an offer, and the earliest draft pick they can give up in a trade is a 2016 1st. They don’t have any contracts to match salary, and they don’t have any talent to offer in a S&T either.
Simply put, not going to happen. The Knicks landed two stars, but I’d be surprised if they topped out at more than 4th in the East with this group over the next five years given the limits they’ll be under from here on out. However, it was just as unlikely that they’d top out that high without making this trade either.
As for any thoughts on the Bulls getting Anthony, well, I think when you look at the output of this trade that Denver got, you can see why the Bulls simply weren’t going to be in the picture. The Bulls didn’t have remotely enough to get a deal done, and even if they were willing to include Noah, I think New York’s offer trumped ours because of the 20 million bucks that Denver saved which it wouldn’t with our deal.
Great to finally have this saga over. It will be interesting to see what other shoes fall now.
Does JR Smith get bought out? Possible to trade for Afflalo? Who knows. Maybe the Bulls still get in on the action somehow.