Amare Stoudemire finally has a star to share Madison Square Garden with: After much speculation, he Knicks have agreed to send Danilo Galinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, their 2014 first round draft pick, and two second-round draft picks (one in 2012 and one in 2013) and $3 million to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter. Plus the Knicks will send Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and $3 million to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Corey Brewer. The Post reports, "An NBA source said Dolan was hell-bent on getting Anthony to keep him from Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who has become a rival. Denver preferred the Nets' draft-pick-laden trade offer until Mozgov was added."
Mike Lupica thinks the Knicks are giving away too much—Galinari is promising, Chandler and Felton are having great these days— and rails on owner James Dolan for possibly upsetting GM Donnie Walsh (who was rumored to be against the deal), "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."
However, ESPN's Ian O'Connor writes, "This is a great deal for the Knicks, a greater moment for their fan base. It doesn't matter if Jim Dolan and Isiah Thomas pushed this trade with Denver a lot harder than Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni pushed it, because it's one of the best trades this team has made since Eddie Donovan acquired Dave DeBusschere in 1968," and the NY Times' William Rhoden agrees, "This deal is an exchange that had to be. Whether it was Donnie Walsh, Mike D’Antoni, James L. Dolan — or Lou Carnesecca — the Knicks made the bold determination to acquire Anthony, a second bona fide star, to play alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and worry about the supporting players later."
The Post goes for the silver lining, "The Knicks are giving up a king's ransom -- three starters and their sixth man -- but it will be all worth it if they land star point guard Chris Paul as a 2012 free agent, which was part of the thinking," adding, "The deal will have negative connotations only because of the perception that Thomas, Dolan's loyal friend, was a major advocate."
Anthony made it clear he wanted to be traded to the Knicks, not the Nets, and his agent Leon Rose said, "This was a long process and Carmelo is relieved that it is over and he's thrilled to be joining the Knicks. He and I appreciate how the Denver Nuggets and the fans have treated him over the years and Carmelo wishes nothing but the best for the franchise, the fans and the city."