With two days remaining till the trade deadline, the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks have pulled the trigger on a mega-deal that sends Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks.
The deal, which went down Monday night and is expected to be made official Tuesday, sends Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman to the Knicks for Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick. Additional picks and cash may also be involved.
"This was a long process and Carmelo is relieved that it is over and he’s thrilled to be joining the Knicks," Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose said in a statement. "He and I appreciate how the Denver Nuggets and the fans have treated him over the years and Carmelo wishes nothing but the best for the franchise, the fans and the city."
This deal finally brings an end to a season full of speculation on when Carmelo would be dealt to the Knicks, the destination he has spoke of as his first choice from the beginning. Anthony is expected to sign the three year $65 million contract extension. This waiting period had to be especially hard for Nuggets personnel and fans who had to continuously hear how their franchise player wanted out.
"I’m glad it’s over," Nuggets coach George Karl said, according to the Denver Post, which first reported the megadeal. "I’m glad it’s an opportunity to reinvent. I think everybody handled it as classy as you could handle it. There’s some sadness to it, there always will be."
The deal was reportedly done Monday instead of Thursday to give the Nuggets time to deal Danilo Gallinari. Gallinari is a young small forward who has shown flashes of greatness. It is thought that the New Jersey Nets might be interested in him and I wouldn’t rule out the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have draft picks and assets and are looking for young big men in their rebuilding process.
Also happening Monday night for the Knicks was a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves that sends Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and $3 million dollars to the T-Wolves in exchange for Corey Brewer. This trade was made to help the Knicks clear cap space for the players acquired in the Denver trade.