posted February 21, 2011 09:06 PM
Knicks finally land Anthony
Marc J. Spears
By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports 1 hour, 3 minutes ago
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The Denver Nuggets have finally completed their long-awaited trade to send Carmelo Anthony(notes) to the New York Knicks.
The Knicks are sending Danilo Gallinari(notes), Raymond Felton(notes), Wilson Chandler(notes), the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two second-round picks New York acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the David Lee sign-and-trade and $3 million. The Knicks will also trade Anthony Randolph(notes) and Eddy Curry’s(notes) expiring contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who will send Corey Brewer(notes) to the Nuggets. The Knicks will receive Anthony, Chauncey Billups(notes), Shelden Williams(notes) and Renaldo Balkman(notes) and Anthony Carter.
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Carmelo Anthony is headed to the Knicks in a blockbuster trade with the Nuggets that also includes the Timberwolves.
(Jim Prisching/AP Photo)
The Nuggets requested on Saturday that the Knicks also include center Timofey Mozgov(notes) in their trade package and New York complied.
Anthony is expected to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Knicks. If all the players involved in the trade report on time and pass physicals, Anthony’s first game with the Knicks is expected to be Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
“I’m extremely happy for ‘Melo,” said Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose. “We are very appreciative to the Denver Nuggets organization for their efforts in assisting ‘Melo to get to New York. ‘Melo is excited and looking forward to playing for the Knicks.”
The New Jersey Nets had interest in trying to acquire Felton and maybe Mozgov from the Nuggets for draft picks, but Denver general manager Masai Ujiri said the team will keep all the players it acquired in the deal.
“We are excited about the young guys we’re getting,” Ujiri said. “But we are losing a great player in Carmelo and a fantastic player in Chauncey Billups, a professional and the leader of our team.”
Ujiri has reason to want to keep Mozgov: He’s close with the young center’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye.
Another Ndiaye client, Portland’s Nicolas Batum, had been one of Ujiri’s primary targets in previous trade proposals, but the Blazers have been reluctant to part with the young forward.
“We got a few young, good players and we’re excited,” Ujiri said. “All four players are key pieces. All of them. We are going to enjoy all four of them.
“They all play hard. They are all very skilled. I think they will fit well in George’s. We traded for all of them to be Denver Nuggets.”
Nuggets president Josh Kroenke and Ujiri had initially preferred the Nets’ offer for Anthony, which was built around rookie forward Derrick Derrick Favors(notes) and four first-round draft picks, but Anthony was unwilling to commit to signing a contract extension with the Nets.
Nuggets coach George Karl had pushed team officials to make the deal with the Knicks over a straight trade with the Nets because it would better position the Nuggets to contend for the playoffs this season, a source with knowledge of Denver’s plans said.
The Denver Post first reported the trade’s completion.