Carmelo Anthony ticketed for New York, but is price too steep?
Updated at 3:50 p.m.
With questions swirling about Isiah Thomas' possible involvement in the Knicks' acquisition of Carmelo Anthony, Donnie Walsh took a moment to deliver an "oof" to the midsection of Thomas.
"I'm assuming Isiah's getting ready for the NCAA tournament. That's what I'm assuming."
Isiah, of course, is the coach at Florida International ... 9-17 Florida International.
Filed at 8:11 a.m.
Even Carmelo Anthony, finally, was fed up with trade rumors.
He was in California taping Conan O'Brien's show as the trade that sent him from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks was finally really truly this-time-we-mean-it get-the-Hello-Melo-headlines-ready was gathering steam.
"I wish it would just come to an end. It's all fun and games," Anthony said, "and it's exciting to know that so many people want me to come and represent that city or that organization, but at this point, it's just like enough is enough already. Let's get something done."
O'Brien did try his best to pry some info out of Anthony. "What if you were really hungry and had a choice between a Denver omelet, New Jersey taffy and Manhattan clam chowder, which one would you want to eat?" Very sly move by Coco, but not sly enough. "The Denver omelet does have a lot of things inside of it ... it will fill you up, so I think I'll take the Denver omelet."
Wrong. You'll get chowder and you'll like it. Here, via Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, are the details:
The price for Anthony was steep, as the Knicks traded Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and rookie center Timofey Mozgov to the Denver Nuggets. They also gave Denver $3 million in cash plus a 2014 first-round pick and two second-round picks they had acquired from Golden State in last summer's sign-and-trade with David Lee.
The Knicks get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman and Anthony Carter. In a separate deal, the Knicks traded Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to the Minnesota T-Wolves, who in turn will reportedly send Corey Brewer to the Knicks. As a condition of the deal, Anthony will get a 3-year, $65 million extension.
In other words, as one New York TV reporter put it: "If your name is not Amare Stoudemire ... you've been traded!"
So...what to make of the move? Management, as Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post points out, wasn't exactly breaking up the '72 Lakers with this move. They're two games over .500 and didn't figure to beat Miami, Boston or Orlando in the playoffs. They asked themselves "why not do this and had no real answer.
The Knicks weren't winning a title any time soon -- make that ever -- with the team they would have fielded sans Carmelo. And they may not win one even now; the Nuggets couldn't throw in any guarantees.
But they're in position to go for it now.
Forget everything else and focus on that. They're closer this morning than they were yesterday. They had to get this done. And they did.
Some, like Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, break out in a rash (medical term: Cerrato-itis) over the idea that Isiah Thomas and James Dolan made the trade, which will hasten the departure of Donnie Walsh and competence.
Still, you have to know there is another bottom line to all this, for all the dancing up and down Seventh Avenue:
After Donnie Walsh made the Knicks viable and watchable again, Dolan shoved him out of the way to make this deal. Walsh wouldn't even be in New York if Thomas' reign running basketball at the Garden hadn't been such an epic, Old Testament failure, both on and off the court, in all ways, from Stephon Marbury to Anucha Browne Sanders.
As for the other team, Woody Paige's the "hick leaves sticks for Knicks" deal presents far more uncertainty. Mark Kizla says giving up Billups "rips the heart and soul out of Denver."
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| February 22, 2011; 8:11 AM ET
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