Tuesday, February 22, 2011
TWTWTNBA: The Melo Conundrum is Over
Finally, the Carmelo drama is over. Now, the NBA can proceed with dealing what they need to deal, because the trade deadline has been. As what someone wrote, the new era has arrived. The player power play. Something that Lebron brought to new heights, thanks or no thanks to his decision. Now we look at the two point guards in Chris Paul and Deron Williams and Dwight Howard for speculation.
So, let's fillet the deal...
Denver gets: $3 million in cash, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks' 2014 first rounder, Golden State's second rounder for 2012 and 2013 that was acquired via David Lee. Raymond Felton gets to be with the man who succeeded him in Chapel Hill. JR Smith on-a-contract-year goes on overdrive. Yes, they lost Melo, but they have decent talent around. Expect a dogfight for the bottom two spots between them, Memphis, Portland, Phoenix and Golden State. Oh, and I expect more trade offers being fielded to Masai Ujiri in a matter of days.
Probable Rotation: Raymond Felton, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Kenyon Martin, Nene, Ty Lawson, JR Smith, Wilson Chandler, Chris Andersen, Timofey Mozgov.
Minnesota gets: $3 million cash, Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph. Kahn throws a bone to his buddy Donnie Walsh. Both players need a change of scenery (but speculations are rife with Eddy Curry buyout rumors). With Minny going nowhere, he'll be playing a lot. But as a Clipper fan, as long as they stink, the 1st rounder we have acquired from them is gold.
Probable Rotation - Luke Ridnour, Jonny Flynn, Kevin Love, Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic, Anthony Tolliver, Anthony Randolph and someone from the cesspool of Lazar Heyward, Martell Webster and Wayne Ellington.
New York gets: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams and Corey Brewer. Sure, they gave up a lot for Carmelo, but they did not really have a choice because of their assets. They're definitely thin up front, so they might try to look for a back-up big to bolster a small unit. They have a glut of guards and small wings that they can use as trade bait.
Probable Rotation: Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Ronny Turiaf, Toney Douglas, Corey Brewer, Shawne Williams, Shelden Williams
And just as I hear news of the trade, this musical clip came out.