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MELLOW ON MELO..

Melo says "Dueces" to Denver as he makes his way to the Garden.

After months of speculation and rumors flying the basketball world, the “trade of the century”, has finally been completed. Brooklyn born Carmelo Anthony, one of the NBA’s premiere scorers and notable icons, is headed to The Big Apple to team up with friend and fellow superstar, Amare Stoudemire — just as Stoudemire predicted at Anthony’s wedding. Coming along with Melo from the Denver Nuggets are point Chauncy Billups, former Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman, forward Sheldon Williams, and the young swing man Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

What New York gave up is the problem I have. The ‘Bockers gave up three starters; point guard Raymond Felton, forwards Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Anthony Randolph (to Minnesota) and centers Timofey Mozgov and Eddy Curry.

Originally reports stated that the Knicks’ front office was only willing to part with Randolph, Curry and either Chandler or Gallinari, because they didn’t want to “gut the roster”. However, as the deadline moved closer, Denver kept demanding that more pieces be added to the deal. There were even rumors that the Nuggets threatened to trade Anthony to the New Jersey Nets if their demands were not met.  But Denver was never going to trade with New Jersey because they had already tried twice and rumor has it that Carmelo would not have signed his 3-year $65 million extension with anyone but New York.

With all of that said, New York overpaid for Melo. Sure he’s a top 5 player and a dynamite scorer, but the other pieces don’t add up to what the Knicks had. Especially at point guard. Billups is more experienced, but he’s much older and may not be on the team beyond next season, which means the Knicks have to go out and get another point guard.

Carmelo Anthony..The Newest Knickerbocker

The other problem I have is the Isiah/Dolan factor. Donnie Walsh built this team from the ground up and James Dolan forced the issue to get Melo instead of trusting Walsh’s gut. Somewhat of a slap in the face to the man who ressurected the franchise.

The move could turn out to be a huge success and the Knicks could go on to win a championship within the next 3 years. But they could also under-achieve severely and that is the cardinal sin in NYC. We’ll just have to wait and see what Carmelo Anthony does in a Knicks uniform. One thing can be said for sure, all eyes will be on NY from here on out.

CP3 to NYC?

Chris Paul to The Empire State?

Don’t hold your breath Knicks fans.

If New Yorkers have learned one thing this summer it’s, “don’t believe it until they sign it” (see LeBron and Joe Johnson).

But, the Chris Paul situation is an interesting one. The all-star point guard has stated that he no longer wants to be a part of the Hornets and would like to be sent to NY, Dallas, Portland, Orlando or LA.

Some might say that this is a result of a toast at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding reception, when Paul, Melo and Amare said they were forming their Big 3 during a speech. Others may say it started when he saw how much attention his good friend LeBron received for “The Decision”. You could even speculate that it happened when he was on the redeem team in 2008 Olympics.

I personally think it started when New Orleans fired, former head coach, Byron Scott. That move basically said, “We’re no longer interested in winning,” and they haven’t been close since.

Now that Paul sees everyone else getting better he wants to join in on the action and rightfully so. Paul is the best point guard in the NBA and deserves the chance to be in a place that has winning as a top priority.

Unfortunately for Paul the Hornets aren’t stupid enough to give him up before the season like he’s asking. Why would they? And why New York? As much as I love the Knicks’ roster right now, they have nothing to offer New Orleans; especially if they plan on contending in the eastern conference.

As for Los Angeles and Dallas, I don’t think they would trade to a conference rival and have CP kill them in the future.

There are two scenarios that I see happening:

1. Paul plays about 20-30 games, the Hornets decide they won’t win either way and trade him to Orlando for Jameer Nelson, a wing player and possibly a draft pick. (Just imagine Dwight catching lobs from everywhere on the court for a second..)

2. Paul is forced to play the whole season and gets his trade during the 2011 off-season. (Assuming a bargaining agreement is reached by then.)

CP3 isn’t the type of player that will sit out and not play; he is too classy and too much of a team player to do that.

But, he will leave one way or another, whether it be through a trade or through his expiring contract in 2012.

The main point here is whenever CP3 leaves, I don’t see him going to NY.

Then again, nobody expected James, Wade and Bosh to be in Miami.

EVERYTHING MUST GO: NBA FREE AGENCY 2010

Before I talk about the topic I want to take you back a couple of years. Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals to be exact.
Time was ticking down and the Celtics were ready to explode with excitement and social networking sites were buzzing about what it all meant.
As I sat at my computer I thought about the clichés people often say when people win championships and “defense wins championships” popped into my head. But when I looked at that team I though “Free Agency (FA) Wins Championships” was a more fitting headline.
So, the 2010 FA period to me was the most important off-season event for the NBA contenders and wanna be contenders.
I’ll start with the teams that made the biggest moves in the eastern conference.

MIAMI HEAT

The Heat front office staff, led by the incomparable Pat Riley, did what most NBA franchises with cap room wanted to do. He did what Chris Bosh didn’t think was possible. He signed three Players to max deals. Dwayne Wade, who has been with the Heat since the beginning of his career, Bosh, who it seemed was not going to be allowed back in Canada at one point because he was tweeting so much and the surprise of FA LeBron James — now the most hated man in Ohio and considered more selfish and self-centered than Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Deion Sanders combined, because of his 1-hour special: THE DECISION.

All of the players are taking less money to play together and many believe that their individual legacies will be slightly tarnished, mostly LeBron because he has lost his “Batman” identity.
The Heat got rid of forward Michael Beasley through trade via Minnesota, but re-signed point guard Mario Chalmers and fan favorite Udonis Haslem. The Heat are in the process of bringing Big Z over from Cleveland, Mike Miller from the Wizards and Juwon Howard from the Rockets, and they still haven’t signed their draft picks yet. Needless to say come October, this team will be stacked. Overall it appears the Heat are the favorite to win the title (No matter what D-Wade says) if the team can mesh.

CHICAGO BULLS

In my opinion the Bulls made the second biggest splash this summer by landing forward Carlos Boozer and sharp-shooter Kyle Korver. Korver gives the Bulls a good shooter, with size, that can defend (I use that term loosely) on the wing.

Boozer will complement a young and talented team with Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, veteran luol Deng and sixth-man Taj Gibson. The Bulls led the league in rebounding last year and with Boozer in the post, the other team might never see the ball. I expect the Bulls to contend for one of the top four playoff spots in the eastern conference.

NEW YORK KNICKS


The Knicks could have signed anyone and it would have been an upgrade from what fans have seen these past five years. Although they missed out on LeBron –Who wasn’t coming anyway– they made a great decision to pick up Amare Stoudemire. They were smart enough to do a sign-and-trade for David Lee and get three players for him — Ronny Turiaf, Kaleena Azubuike and Anthony Randolph. They also picked up point guard Raymond Felton through FA to play along with Stoudemire and run the pick-and-roll. These additions plus the maturation of Gallinari and Wilson Chandler could put the Knicks in the 7th or 8th spot in the east.

Part two coming soon…All Western conference moves.

All pictures courtesy of ESPN.com