Is This the Way the Melo-Drama Ends? Not With a Bang But a Whimper?
The Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks are discussing a three-team trade that would make forward Carmelo Anthony a Knick before the Feb. 24 trade deadline, according to league sources.
In the proposed trade, New York would send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota and the Timberwolves would send Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to Denver. Denver would also receive Wilson Chandler from New York.
The deal is not expected to happen until the middle of next week at the earliest, and one source said it could drag out until the trade deadline. Denver, which has been exchanging proposals with the Knicks for the past couple weeks, is weighing other options.
Could this really be how it ends?
Might Carmelo Anthony actually just be acquired for Wilson Chandler, Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry?
Now don’t get me wrong, this is no offense intended to Anthony Randolph. He might very well develop into a tremendous NBA player, but if he is going to become a great NBA player, it sure did not seem like it was going to happen on the Knicks. So this trade would be giving up Randolph and one of the three young assets that the Knicks currently have (Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields).
I’ve long said that I would be fine with a Carmelo deal if it included only one of the three young assets (along with AR, as he seemed like a given). I did not hold out much hope for that happening, though. Especially when ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan wrote a few weeks back:
[I]t’s far from a done deal that the Knicks are going to get Anthony.
They are going to have to pay a fair price, or they are going to have to settle on playing out this season as the fifth- or sixth-best team in the East, then rearrange their roster next summer to clear enough cap space to make a max offer to Melo.
At the end of the day, it comes down to a question of what is a fair price?
The guess here is that if the Knicks acquire Anthony, they will give up Chandler or Gallinari (not both), Fields, Walker, Anthony Randolph (or a No. 1 obtained through a Randolph trade), Eddy Curry, plus an additional No. 1 pick (perhaps New York’s own 2014 pick), with the Knicks getting back an additional big body — something they’ve been scouring the league for throughout December and the first half of January. And I’m not necessarily saying the Nuggets would be taking on all those pieces, because a three-team trade might make it easier for everyone to walk away satisfied.
But apparently, it sounds like it might be very close to a deal getting done for a great deal less than what Sheridan felt was a “fair” price.
It is still early, of course, and as we saw with the New Jersey Nets mega-deal, these things sometimes collapse at the last moment, but either way, this is still major news. And I’m sure you all are a-buzzing with reactions, so have at it!