Yes you remember it. It was the trade that seemingly solidified the East as the new power conference in the NBA, but in case you forgot some of the smaller details of the trade, here it is again in full:
New York Knicks receive:
Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman
Denver Nuggets receive:
Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov and three draft picks: New York’s 2014 first rounder and second round picks from the Warriors in 2012 and 2013.
*As another part of the deal, the Knicks sent Eddy Curry’s massive (but expiring) contract and Anthony Randolph to the Timberwolves in exchange for Corey Brewer, who was bought out by the Knicks later in 2011 and is now, ironically enough, the backup small forward for the Nuggets.
And a couple more details:
- On the night of the 2011 NBA draft, the Nuggets traded away Raymond Felton for Andre Miller.
- Before the start of the 2012 season, the Knicks used the new amnesty clause to buy out Chauncey Billups.
The Nuggets finished 38-28 this season and the Knicks finished 36-30, but both teams are on the brink of elimination with 2-0 series deficits to the Lakers and Heat, respectively.
So now let’s break things down and really look at how this trade has morphed the two franchises both positively and negatively. With both of their seasons all but over, which team is in the best shape going forward?
The Knicks have one of the most offensively gifted players in the NBA locked up through 2014 with a player option for 2015. Despite Amare’s recent feud with the fire extinguisher and his injury trouble this season, when on the court, the Knicks have one of the most dangerous duos in the league.
When you’re looking to build your team towards championships in the NBA, superstars are an absolute necessity. The only championship team in the past 20 years (or maybe even longer) without a player undeniably better than Amare was the 2004 Pistons and that was a sort of anomaly where every player fit perfectly in the system. With Carmelo, you can see that stepping stone towards the 2006 Heat or last year’s Mavericks. Anthony has shown us he has the ability to take over games in the way Wade and Nowitzki can, but the question is whether he can do it when it matters most.
While not a direct result of the trade, the Knicks made two key offseason moves in making up for the depth they lost in the trade. Signing Tyson Chandler through 2015 gives a great backbone to the team’s defense, while the drafting of Iman Shumpert gives the Knicks a great perimeter defender. Then there was the midseason explosion from Jeremy Lin while the team’s stars were on the bench and we’ll see if he’s the long-term answer at point guard when he returns from injury next year.