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IT WAS DOLAN!



The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that this was NOT a Donnie Walsh deal.  Plenty of reports have "sources" saying as much, but I don't buy into sources very much any more.  But, we just gave up way too much for this to have Donnie's blessing, or at least to be his handy work.

If Donnie was running this alone, he never would have agreed to adding Gallo.  He would have stuck with Wilson, Curry, and Randolph (or whoever).  Then, a few days ago he would have "caved" and added the Felton-Billups swap.  I believe he would have gotten that done.  At the very worst, he would add Gallo at the last minute to say "fine!" let's just make the deal.  But at least Moz would certainly have still been on our team.  And that final swap of 2016 first round picks is just ridiculous.  That's what sealed the deal for me.  Clearly Dolan just jumped in like an uninformed eager fool that he is, and said yes to everything Denver wanted days ago, not realizing that they would keep raising the price.  Once they had Dolan, they easily added Moz to the total, knowing the Knicks couldn't say no at this point.  And that final pick swap in 2016 was just their way of proving they could get what they wanted.  No way that happens if Donnie is doing his thing.

(a little time passes)

 

Wow, I was right!  This just came out in the NYT:

“Whenever the trade became close, it was myself and Jim Dolan on the phone and I didn’t have any direct conversations with Donnie,” Kroenke said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect with Donnie because Mark Warkentien, who was here the last several years and was just hired in New York, speaks very highly of Donnie.”

So here's a link to that press conference, as best I could find it:

http://altitudesports.typepad.com/files/nuggets-press-confrence-2-22.mp3

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