Update- 11:26 PM: Apparently Corey Brewer is joining the Knicks, not the Nuggets, so there's one more role player and one less roster spot to chew on, or maybe not. From the Times:
The Knicks have not yet decided whether to keep Brewer or flip him in another deal.
So, it appears as if it's done. Here's what everybody is saying was the first official report from The Denver Post.
The Nuggets traded Melo to the New York Knicks tonight, a league source said. Denver gets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors' 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors' 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash. Anthony will go to New York, along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
The Nuggets traded Melo to the New York Knicks tonight, a league source said. Denver gets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors' 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors' 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash.
Anthony will go to New York, along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Take the jump and let's chat.
My thoughts at the moment:
- First of all, Carmelo Anthony is a Knick, and so is Amar'e Stoudemire. Those are two of the league's best scorers from inside and out, two All-Stars worthy of starting spots, and two guys who demand double teams. Any way you slice it, that's incredible. The whole "They both need to ball to score! They can't share!" thing may hold water for now, but they'll probably figure that out. They're really good and they're going to learn how to coexist. It'll take time, though.
- Seriously, though, don't try and approach the Melo/Amar'e tandem with any degree of certainty. The advanced stats tend to be frightening, but these two guys have never played alongside companions of one another's caliber. We have no idea how far those two can take us. None.
- Now for the losses. The Knicks gave up a bunch to get Anthony, and they probably gave up more than they had to. It sounds as if this had a lot to do with James Dolan, and it could have even been influenced by Isiah Thomas. If so, that sucks. There's nothing we can do about it, though. Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler were two of the team's brightest young up-and-comers who could score, defend, and electrify us in very different ways. We will miss them dearly, and a thread bidding farewell to those two will be up at some point in the morning. For now, bear in mind that Chandler, for all of his majesty, will be a restricted free agent this summer. It would have been very difficult for the Knicks to improve without losing Wil.
- It's a good thing the Knicks got Carmelo Anthony, because they just ditched their only two guys who have any shot at defending Carmelo Anthony!
- The new friends included- Timofey Mozgov, Anthony Randolph, and Raymond Felton- will be missed as well, in very distinct ways. Eddy Curry is a topic for another time. While the loss of Mozgov opens up an even bigger hole in the paint, the departure of Felton surely hurts the most. Even as you lament the loss of his solid play and unshakable grit, check out this excellent Fanpost comparing Felton to Chauncey Billups. Billups, while rather old, is a hell of a player with a short contract. Unbiased observers would probably consider this a point guard upgrade.
- It remains to be seen how Walsh and D'Antoni handle the three "fillers" joining the Knicks, but they're not slouches. Anthony Carter is short and wrinkly, but he's a perfectly serviceable point guard when healthy. I have no idea how healthy he his at the moment, but the Knicks needed that. I have never been a Shelden Williams fan, but the guy is among the league's leaders in rebound rate. The Knicks needed that, too. Renaldo Balkman hasn't been a useful NBA player in some time, but that man is a P&T LEGEND. It's a thrill to have Humpty back.
- Landry Fields is still a Knick. This is seriously wonderful news. If you're down in the dumps about this, consider that the Knicks haven't gotten any less Landry. They may have even gotten Landrier. Embrace Landry Fields, for he is yours to keep.
- Shawne Williams, Bill Walker, Toney Douglas, and Ronny Turiaf: All still Knicks. All will probably benefit from playing with two elite scorers and one very solid point guard.
- And yeah, that's Shawne Williams and Shelden Williams. That'll be fun.
- It's over, guys. The deadline's not here yet, and the Knicks may very well have moves left (they also have two roster spots to fill. Earl Barron, perhaps?), but the biggest wave has crashed. Now we can lose sleep over something that is real and concrete instead of something that is perpetually, threateningly imminent.
I'll probably add more to this post as I ruminate, but for now: Discuss. Lament. Celebrate. Most importantly, be kind to one another. For better or worse, a page has turned.