Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, and Timofey Mozgov. Maybe a few Golden State Warriors picks too.
It’s another “end of an era” and it looks like the Nuggets will be moving on without Carmelo. The funniest thing that can happen to the Knicks right now is that A) Carmelo suffers from a career ending injury or B) Carmelo decides New York isn’t right for him and leaves at the end of the season.
I like this trade for Denver because they actually got some quality pieces for a player that is an arguable top 10 player in the league. Chandler and Gallinari are both having pretty good seasons and Raymond Felton is having somewhat of a break out season. Even though Chauncey is a great player, his production has declined since last season and the Nuggets do not get as much utility out of Billups as other so called “win-now” teams would.
While the Knicks get their second star and if they play around with their salary enough, they could be in line to get their 3rd star, I feel the Knicks gave up way too much. They sent 3 of their top 4 players, another solid rotational player in Mozgov (who has getting it done just before the All-Star Break) and the give up one of their sky-is-the-limit guys, Anthony Randolph.
The reason why I don’t think this is that great of an idea is because we’re talking about Carmelo and Amare Stoudemire, and not LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Give LeBron or Wade a reasonable supporting cast, they can give you at least a 50 win season. The Nuggets were treated to first round exits in the playoffs every year until they traded for Chauncey Billups to handle the point guard duties, and Amare would be nowhere without his Canadian friend Steve Nash.
Anthony and Stoudemire are just not players that are worth trading the whole team for. The silver lining in this trade is that was a pretty fair trade *cough*Lakers*cough*Gasol*cough*.
I’m not going to give trade grades because I don’t want to look like a dumbass in a couple months time.
In the meantime, take a look at Serge Ibaka’s creativity.
Stealing a dunk from Christian Eyenga before he went into the NBA… 8)