At Carmelo Anthony’s wedding to Lala Vasquez back in July of 2010, it was reported by the New York Post that New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul toasted to a potential future in New York playing alongside friends Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. Since then, it’s been widely speculated that Anthony would force a trade to the New York Knicks this season or sign with the team outright during the offseason. After a long process that included other teams trying to reel in the All-Star forward, Carmelo Anthony is indeed the second domino to fall in the “New York Toast,” as a deal was completed to send him to the Knicks on Monday night.
In exchange, the Denver Nuggets received a healthy package that included point guard Raymond Felton, forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, center Timofey Mozgov, cash, a first-round pick and two second-round picks. On the way to New York with Carmelo Anthony are guards Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter, forward Renaldo Balkman and center Shelden Williams.
Many view this trade as a victory of sorts for the Nuggets, whose leverage to make a deal dwindled with Anthony’s reluctance to sign an extension elsewhere. It has been reported that the decisions of Knicks Team President Donnie Walsh were overridden by Team Owner Jim Dolan. Walsh was in the process of executing a plan that would have either sent less to Denver to acquire Anthony or brought him in as a free agent during the offseason, leaving the remaining trade assets to trade for a third superstar. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, a close ally to Walsh was quoted as saying, “This is all Dolan. All Isiah. All (Worldwide) Wes and Leon Rose.”
Still, the Knicks have to be excited to now floor one of the best 1-2 scoring punches in the league. Stoudemire and Anthony are currently both within the Top Six of the scoring list, averaging a combined 51 points per game. The addition of Billups and Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system make the Knicks an offensive threat every night.
There are a few concerns worth pointing out, though. Will the Anthony/Stoudemire tandem be able to function as a cohesive unit? Compromising their depth to make this trade, how do the Knicks compete with a team like Boston in seven games? How will teaming up two superstars who have never been known for playing great defense in a system that doesn’t encourage defense pan out? We’ll find out the answers to these questions in New York’s remaining 26 regular season games.
In a separate deal, the Knicks acquired forward Corey Brewer from the Timberwolves, sending forward Anthony Randolph, center Eddy Curry and cash to Minnesota.
What do you think about Carmelo Anthony teaming up with Amar’e in New York? Is this team good enough to win a championship as is, or is there still much work to be done?
The NBA Free Agency period saw its first aggressive chess move take place yesterday. Former Phoenix Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire has signed a 5-year, approximately $100 million dollar deal with the New York Knicks.
Of course Knicks fans, and the organization, have had their sights set on LeBron James for the last few years, which still remains a focus until LeBron signs a deal. However, signing Stoudemire reunites him with Coach Mike D’Antoni, who runs an offense that Stoudemire fits like a glove. This will
Although the Knicks might have their sights set on James this season, it seems to be next season that Amare is looking forward to. Stoudemire already planted seeds of Tony Parker and/or Carmelo Anthony coming to join him in New York in next summer’s off-season. Either of the two could end up in New York this year with a trade this year, but the Knicks freed up so much cap room over the last few years that the quality of player needed to trade for an all-star like Carmelo or Tony Parker, is non existent in New York.
Even if the Knicks were to only land Stoudemire in this year’s free agency, the team will be substantially better. Amare’s career averages of 21 points and nearly 9 rebounds per game, both hit the highest totals in his career with Mike D’Antoni running things in Phoenix.
With cap space for another max contract player, the Knicks getting Stoudemire is not only the first big name of the off-season, but it is a solid start to rebuilding the lackluster team that has disappointed fans in Madison Square Garden over the last few years.
The list of free agents is still full of talent that would fit nicely next to an all-star like Amare, so New York should be able to add another key piece to their rebuilding puzzle soon.
After being one of the best players in the league for his entire seven year career, LeBron James will officially be a free agent in two days. Of the possible teams he may play for next year, it seems to be narrowed down to a select few. I’ll break down the teams he could sign with and the pros and cons that come with each situation.
Be sure to comment on where you think he will play next year.
-He has lived in Ohio his whole life and the fans adore him.
-The Cavs drafted him and he has team mates he likes.
-The Cavs have made decent Playoff runs in LeBron’s career.
-He has lived in Ohio his whole life.
-The Cavs may not bring in enough talent to win titles.
-Cleveland isn’t exactly the Sports Mecca.
-The Bulls have a great history in which LeBron is fond of.
-The Bulls have some great young pieces LeBron could win with.
-Chicago would provide him with big marketing opportunities.
-He may live in the shadow of Michael Jordan if he doesn’t win titles.
-The unknown of if LeBron and the Bull’s new coach would mesh.
-Cold Chicago Weather.
-Could potentially play with Wade and Bosh making them an instant favorite to win the title.
-No income tax in Florida and Miami weather is amazing.
-Strong organization with Pat Riley in charge.
-Would he and Wade be able to co-exist?
-Not as many marketing opportunities as NY and Chi Town.
New Jersey Nets.
-New Billionaire owner.
-Big marketing opportunities in NY area.
-Very little talent around LeBron.
-Nets are generally overshadowed by the Knicks.
New York Knicks.
-New York is considered the Basketball Mecca.
-Playing on the big stage, Madison Square Garden in front of great fans.
-Huge marketing opportunities.
-The Knicks have been terrible in recent years.
-May never live up to NY sports heroes.
-Big city, no privacy.
These seem to be the most talked about teams that sound like they have a chance at signing LeBron. Only time will tell where he’ll end up when the free agent period starts in a couple days…
Where do you see LeBron playing in 2010-2011?