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Breaking Down the Melo Trade

February 22nd 2011 15:30
The drama is finally over. I have a question to pose for you after looking at another cliche ESPN headline. Which rapper made the song "N.Y. State of Mind"? I will be in rage if somebody gives me Jay-Z as their answer. That was two big hints right there. Carmelo Anthony joins Amar'e Stoudamire as the Knicks' second prolific scorer that just doesn't know how to defend. Mike D'Antoni is their coach, so you know where this team is going. No D, all O.

The Nuggets gave up Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman. They got Danilo Gallinari, two second rounders, a first rounder in 2014, 3 million, Timofey Mozgov, Wilson Chandler, and Raymond Felton. They wouldn't know whether or not they would re-sign Melo in the first place, but they did give up a lot of talent. I think this deal was even personnel wise, and the Nuggets needed to add as much talent as they could in key spots- especially young talent- to make up for the loss of Anthony.

The Knicks finally forked over enough talent to make a reasonable deal get done, and it was a better deal for the Nuggets than I expected. The Nuggets got younger, and they saved a ton of money. This means that they can re-sign both Kenyon Martin and Nene if they wanted to. The Knicks gave Anthony Parker and Eddy Curry to the Timberwolves for Corey Brewer. I don't need to tell you how awful of a deal that is for Minnesota. Don't you love David Kahn?

Carmelo wanted to leave because he wanted a change. He sure got one. The Knicks desperately need another defensive player- especially a perimeter guy- to help out inside defensive stalwart Ronnie Turiaf. Billups is still solid, but they need one more guy. The Knicks might be able to recruit a third guy for a big three now that they have Melo and STAT. I personally don't want that to happen- too many stacked teams and the disparity between good and bad is too much- but it could happen.

Overall, we can all agree that the Wolves were the big losers in this trade. I give him a D for trading away one of their best three players for an average player and a scrub. I don't care that Curry is an expiring contract, the deal makes no sense. Brewer doesn't exactly have a heavy contract. The Nuggets and Knicks were both winners in their own ways. I give both teams a B plus. There is rarely a trade that gets into the A range. In terms of exposure and importance, this trade gets an easy A plus on a whole. Plenty of stars and quality pieces were moved in this one.
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Comment by nbageek

February 22nd 2011 23:55
Yeah, I agree with you. Hope that the Knicks don't get another guy and stack the team like the Heat did. Brings down the talent level of the league as a whole. Good stuff

Comment by Zamboni Diaries

February 23rd 2011 06:33
I like, and follow all the major sports and agree with you guys. I am a hockey guy #1 and the parody in the NHL has been great the last few years. There are still issues but currently in the West the 3rd place to 13th place (out of 15) has a 12 point gap, which in NBA terms is - 13th place is 6 games back of 3rd and all the other teams in the middle of that race. The East is similar. It makes the games all mean so much and anyone can win on any given night, and 2 or 3 teams may have their playoff chances decided on the final night. And in the playoffs the low seeds have almost as much of a chance to win as the top seeds, very even and exciting.

Comment by Joe Soriano

February 23rd 2011 16:09
Yeah, I know the hockey race is incredibly close. The teams in hockey are pretty even except for the 3 elite teams every year. In basketball, there's about 5 or 6 elite teams and 5 or 6 teams that can't win games.

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