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Holes and Melo Rolls

Posted By Alex Belth On February 22, 2011 @ 7:16 am In Basketball,Commercials,Games We Play,Television | Comments Disabled

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He didn’t come cheap [2], but the Knicks finally got their man [3].

Over at ESPN, Mike Wilpon likes the deal for the Knicks [4]:

Anybody who says the Knicks traded away too much is nuts; they clearly upgraded at point guard, and if Gallinari, Mozgov, Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton were that good, the Knicks would have been better than 28-26 at the break.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting the Knicks are going to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals this June. They won’t. What I am saying is they’ve got pieces, good ones, enough to be a credible team by the end of March. They’ve got two top-15 players, perhaps two top-10 players, which is something the Knicks couldn’t truthfully say during the Patrick Ewing days and probably since the championship days of the early 1970s, if then.

SI’s Ian Thomsen adds [5]:

Did the Knicks give up too much?

Look at it this way. They weren’t planning to re-sign Wilson Chandler (who went to Denver) as a free agent this summer, because they were planning on using his cap space to sign Anthony as a free agent. So that means Chandler wasn’t part of their future.

They had signed Raymond Felton (who went to Denver) to a two-year contract. And now in this trade they’re receiving Billups as his replacement at point guard for the short term. So that’s a wash.

So now it comes down to forward Danilo Gallinari, Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 pick in the first round and a pair of second-round picks in 2012 and 2013 to Denver for Anthony (along with Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman). Is that such a bad deal?

Awww, look out now.


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[1] Image: http://bronxbanter.arneson.name/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/99247.jpg

[2] He didn’t come cheap: http://nymag.com/daily/sports/2011/02/carmelo_anthony_is_a_new_york.html

[3] the Knicks finally got their man: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/sports/basketball/22carmelo.html?_r=1&ref=sports

[4] Mike Wilpon likes the deal for the Knicks: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=wilbon/110222

[5] SI’s Ian Thomsen adds: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/ian_thomsen/02/22/carmelo.anthony.trade/index.html

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