Knicks Win Carmelo Sweepstakes

Felton, Gallinari, Chandler Part Of Massive Deal For Superstar

Updated: 2/22/11 6:45 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Knicks have finally agreed on a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves that would bring superstar Carmelo Anthony to New York.

The deal that would end the season-long trade saga involving Denver’s All-Star forward can’t be finalized until Tuesday during a conference call with the NBA office. Assuming it goes through, it puts Anthony alongside Amare Stoudemire in a potential explosive frontcourt — at a heavy cost for the Knicks.

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The Knicks would send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who would get additional picks and cash.

Along with Anthony, New York would acquire Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman, according to the Denver Post.

ESPN later reported it was a three-way deal with Minnesota, which would acquire Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph from the Knicks for Corey Brewer.

The Nuggets have explored an Anthony trade since he refused to sign the three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million they offered him last summer. They appeared on the verge of sending him to the New Jersey Nets on multiple occasions, but the Knicks increased their offer enough to land Anthony, who was believed to prefer New York all along.


There was no comment from the Knicks, but sources said Anthony could be in uniform Wednesday when the Knicks host the Milwaukee Bucks.

Denver coach George Karl said there was “some sadness” to the deal, which sends away not only Anthony but Billups, the popular Denver native. But he added it was “time to move on, reinvent.”

Anthony led the Nuggets to the playoffs in each of his first seven seasons in Denver after winning a national title at Syracuse as a freshman and had them positioned for another playoff run this year. But Denver advanced out of the first round just once in that time.

He stood to become the headliner of the 2011 free agent class, but didn’t want to risk free agency knowing a new collective bargaining agreement could cost him millions. But once he refused the extension with the Nuggets — plus put his Denver mansion on the market last year — the Nuggets’ new front office team of general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke had to begin trade talks so they wouldn’t risk losing him for nothing like the Cavaliers did with LeBron James and the Toronto Raptors did with Chris Bosh last year.

There were persistent rumors Anthony wouldn’t take the extension if traded to the Nets, which was a prerequisite for them agreeing to a trade. He instead gets his apparent wish to join a Knicks team that is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and in position for its first playoff berth since 2004.

But they’ll make their postseason run without the core of the team. Felton, Gallinari, Mozgov and Chandler were four of New York’s top six players, and there is some thought the Knicks gave up too much to get Anthony, a sensational scorer headed to a team that doesn’t necessarily need more scoring.

However, the Knicks felt they couldn’t pass on the opportunity to land another superstar once he became available.

Anthony wasn’t at the Nuggets’ practice on Monday night. Instead, the All-Star forward was in Burbank, Calif., taping a segment on “Conan.”

Happy the Knicks got their man? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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  • Cliff G.

    And what will we do for a big man up front? And for defense? And a bench?This is an extremely flawed design for building a championship TEAM!

  • nathan

    CHris Paul will now come here next yr. Perfect move.

    • rich k risty

      How they gonna get Paul w/probably lower cap? Miami fit the Big 3 in w/ sign and trades, less than max salaries, and Bird rights. Knicks got STAT and Melo by paying every dime they could, and probably a couple entourage jobs.

  • Cliff G.

    “A Fish stinks from the head”. This feels like a Dolan money-making scheme. Knick championships? FOGEDABOUIT!!!!!!!!

  • ro

    Will SEE!

  • happyman

    ive been hearing the word ”future” for the last decade and now everyones complaining, STOP CRYING N.Y.!!!!! overall your team is better now if u cry future future, when r u planning to win?

    • fry

      good point!

  • Russell B

    They were bluffed-out in the ultra high stakes game of Holdem. This move will costs the knicks their long-term future, and it reaks of Dolan arrogance. I know Donnie was was the pasty in this process; especially with the head coach of Fla. International pulling Jimmy’s chain.

  • Mike Weeks

    This ship is indeed sinking as fast as the titanic. Unfortunately, The eastern conference is full of teams who play defense ( Boston, Orlando, Chicago) and this team will be one that does not. If they make the playoff , they will not survive the first round……….its a sorry state of affairs…………

  • Nick

    I remember not too long ago the Nets landed Vince Carter…how many championships did he get them? Im worried Melo, will bring nothing but a Dolenesque cloud over the team….just saying.

  • johnny

    Who cares. How is this front page news?

  • Sam C

    It has been a few years since I enjoyed watching the Knicks and this year was a good change. Until today that is………. I hope that Dolan hasn’t dragged the team down again. It could be that too much was given up…….

  • Michael

    “I can’t help but think this will go down as the worst Knicks move since drafting Frederic Weis. We negotiated against ourselves, got a 200-year-old point guard, and tons of cap problems going forward. There’s no one to play defense, but that shouldn’t matter because the coach doesn’t have a clue and thinks “de fence” is what you put up around his ample, pathological and psychotic doghouse. Just when the Knicks were starting to pull me back in, I have to shift gears and remember the Nets will be really good in a couple of years. We gave up WAY too much. EMBARASSING! “

  • Rob N Kwivurs

    I hope this costs the Knicks the playoffs this year. That way, when Isiah comes back, he can keep the lights out at the Garden during playoff time. Dolan is the worst owner in NY sports, that is tough with the Wilpon’s around.

  • vincent gullo

    knicks gave a too much plus there’s no guarantee melo and stoudamire will play well together. I agree this deal has dolan/isiah written all over it. I can’t see walsh and dantoni think this trade makes sense.

  • Ashish

    Great Day to be a Knicks fan. This is the start of something special in NY. I see multiple championships in the future as key role players are added to the roster.

  • Bruce K

    I’m not happy. Without Felton running the point, the Knicks will be unlikely to get a new point guard integrated into the flow of the team by playoff time. Also they don’t have a center, and their defense will suck. Melo had better start having some 50 point games. I’m very happy they kept Fields, who could become a real star.

  • shellbrav

    time will tell , but the Knicks gave up a lot. Hope they don’t become superstars in the next few years and we come to regret this.

  • Chuck

    One of the worst trades in Knick history. We gave up a whole team for a scorer, not a great player, but a scorer. Denver is now in my opinion a much better team than the Knicks when you combine all the pieces. The Knicks became a two man team with no one surrounding them and Billups leaving (he made it clear he want to be bought out of his contract). This has Isaiah and Dolan all over it. I am done with the Knicks and will probably have to wait a decade to wash out the taste of this absolute disaster. As a matter of fact I might watch some Denver games, or dare I say even Nets.

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