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Carmelo Anthony traded to Knicks. Finally.

Feb 21, 2011, 10:26 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the New York Knicks. Finally.

A saga that started this summer when Anthony and his representatives told Denver officials he would opt out of his contract and leave as a free agent if not traded — and that he would only sign an extension with the Knicks — has ended with Anthony getting what he wanted, according to the The Denver Post. That trade has now been confirmed by all the parties, including Anthony’s agent Leon Rose.

This is a three team deal with Minnesota a part of it. 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, as well as Corey Brewer from the Timberwolves. Minnesota will get Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry’s expiring contract from the Knicks.

Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri spoke to Yahoo’s Marc Spears:

“You lost a great player. A deal is a deal. But we lost a great player in Carmelo. We are excited about the young guys we’re getting”

Technically the league office was closed Monday so the deal can not be sent in and finalized until Tuesday, but all the parts are in place. Throughout the evening reports continued to come in that this got closer and closer.

Carmelo Anthony did not take part in Nuggets practice Monday (although he was set to be on Conan O’Brien’s show Monday night). Chauncey Billups did practice but refused to speak to media when leaving the facility.

The Nuggets have had talks about flipping some of those Knicks assets — specifically Felton and Gallinari — for picks. There was talk of those two going to the Nets  in a three-team deal that includes Devin Harris and the Mavericks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. However, ESPN’s Chris Broussard shot that down Monday night, but Broussard’s source also said they planned to keep Nene and J.R. Smith. Which makes me wonder if that source is not just trying to give the Nuggets some leverage for negotiations.

The Knicks balked at including this many players in any deal to get Anthony throughout the summer and into the season, with team president Donnie Walsh thinking if he could not get a trade done he would sign Anthony as a free agent. Knicks owner James Dolan came in and upped the offer — with advice from Isiah Thomas — and that seemed to make the trade come together for the Knicks.

But the Knicks now have traded away four guys who started — basically everyone not named Amar’e Stoudemire — and how they will fill in around their superstars to compete with Boston and Miami (and Chicago) remains to be seen. It will be a challenge under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, whatever that looks like.

Knicks fans don’t care, ticket brokers in New York have reported a rush and are increasing the prices they charge for Knicks games by 30 percent at least, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell.

  1. dolphinphan - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    please end

  2. blackglass3 - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Too much. WAY too much.

  3. dayrunner9 - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    First here. Wow, look I can be an NBA insider! Hear a floorboard creak and insist the house is about to collapse according to sources close to those in the house. Doesnt matter much what I say as long as I’m first.

  4. zackd2 - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Can we look back and link up all the posts that Kurt talked about the Knicks not getting Melo? When they had no chance to get a 1st round pick for AR? When it was “No Knick fans, keep dreaming”?

    • zackd2 - Feb 21, 2011 at 10:50 PM

      Edit: While they didn’t get a 1st for AR, he was still part of the trade

  5. jstrizzle - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Shall we assume a buyout of Eddy Curry will happen? Any word on that?

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:47 PM

      No word, but Curry being bought out would be logical.

  6. avermaver - Feb 21, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    The owner took Isiah Thomas’s advice over Donnie Walsh? I have a bad feeling about that for Knicks fans

  7. jmad34 - Feb 22, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    http://fanaticvice.com/knicks-acquire-carmelo-anthony-from-the-nuggets/

  8. mashoaf - Feb 22, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Didn’t Isiah Thomas get fired by the Knicks for making stupid trades?

  9. Chris Ross - Feb 22, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    I’m just so happy the Melo stuff is finally over with and we can get on with our lives for heaven’s sakes. Carmelo really did a poor job of handling this whole situation but the one thing is that he did allow his team to receive some assets in return, even if the motives were selfish. You can’t say that for Chris Bosh or Lebron James. The Nuggets now have some real pieces to work with while the Knicks pretty much having nothing to work with. We’ll see how the Knicks cope with their lack of players but I guess it’s comparable to the Heat in a way. Basketball just keeps getting more interesting, despite the increasing amount of stacked teams. Can’t wait for the playoffs!

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/carmelo-anthony-finally-dealt-are-the-knicks-ready-to-contend/

  10. passerby23 - Feb 22, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    For the Kincks:
    Continue to expect atrocious defense. This trade does not upgrade that department. Yes, they will score a lot of points. If they can surround them with some defensive-minded players in the next year, they might be alright. Getting Eddy Curry off the balance sheet is a good sign. We’ll see what Corey Brewer can bring to the table. As of right now, they appear about the same.

    For the Nuggets:
    Good move. Start the rebuilding/re-tooling process. They get a younger PG in Felton and some shooters. They can try to attract a franchise player and be competitive right away. They finally can end the Melo saga and open up cap space for other guys.

  11. alan3008 - Feb 22, 2011 at 4:15 AM

    Glad that scheeeittt is over with. Good riddance.

  12. hnirobert3 - Feb 22, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    I wonder if Billups gets bought out and then brings his talents to South Beach.

  13. dysraw1 - Feb 22, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    im happy for eddy curry who was never gonna get a real chance under dick dantone

  14. florida727 - Feb 22, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    “Knicks fans don’t care, ticket brokers in New York have reported a rush and are increasing the prices they charge for Knicks games by 30 percent at least, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell.”

    From what? $2 to $2.60? That’s about all Knicks tickets are worth. First round playoff losers… habitually from this point forward. Defense wins championships and ‘Melo can’t spell defense is you spotted him the D-E-F-E-N-S-…

  15. bangfloriohere - Feb 22, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Knicks fans:

    BANG IT HERE!

    You will have no defense, no teamwork. I can’t wait for the locker room drama to start.

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