The season long drama involving Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has finally ended. Carmelo Anthony goes to the New York Knicks in a three team deal that sends Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first round pick, two second round picks in 2012 and 2013 and cash considerations, Kosta Koufos to Denver. This trade also sends Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Corey Brewer, and Shelden Williams to New York to join Anthony. Minnesota gets Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and cash considerations.
This trade is indeed massive and reshapes the futures of both the Knicks and the Nuggets. The Knicks have essentially traded away their youth and depth for a second superstar who could fill arena seats and sell jerseys.Many sports writers have lambasted the Knicks and have said that they gave up way too much and should have waited for free agency where they could have had Carmelo for the cost of losing Wilson Chandler. A few of them have praised the Knicks for being able to acquire a rare superstar who could bring back the glory days of Madison Square Garden. The Nuggets meanwhile, have been widely praised for being able to acquire nearly the whole starting line-up of New York and getting some draft picks to restock.
While Carmelo is a rare superstar, New York has given up too much. To compete in the East, you have to be fully stocked at all positions similar to the composition of the Boston Celtics. While the acquisition of Anthony guarantees a perennial trip to the playoffs, this would not be enough to bring New York back to the promised land. Unless they could acquire cheap decent pieces or be able to sign up coveted free agents like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul or Deron Williams in 2012, New York would be a mere first or second round playoff team.