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Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  49 responses

Carmelo Anthony Glad He Forced a Trade Out of Denver


Even though it took forever, Carmelo Anthony got what he wanted last season when he was eventually traded to the Knicks, and now says it was absolutely the right decision for financial and basketball reasons (especially now that the lockout has begun.) From Newsday: “I think I did the right thing,’ Anthony told reporters Wednesday while promoting the release of his new Jordan Brand sneaker, Melo 8, in Manhattan. Throughout most of last season, Anthony waited for the Denver Nuggets to trade him after he declined their efforts to sign him to a contract extension. He wielded rare power for a player on the trading block, one that first prompted the Nuggets to deal him before the February trade deadline rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer, when he could opt out of his contract, and yet also limited the teams that would trade for him because a deal would have to include an extension. And there was only one place Anthony wanted to go: New York. Though the feeling was mutual, most Knicks fans (and, it should be noted, former president Donnie Walsh) believed that with little to no competition in a trade, the Knicks did not need to gut the roster to acquire Anthony. The feeling was that if Anthony really wanted to win in New York, he should be against the Knicks giving up quality young talent such as Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and even center Timofey Mozgov, refuse all trade-and-extend offers so the Nuggets would be forced to keep him through the trade deadline and then sign with the Knicks as a free agent in the summer. It seemed like the best plan. But it wasn’t the right plan for Anthony, not with a major labor battle on the horizon. And with the lockout into its 105th day and already costing regular-season games, his aggressive move turns out, for him, for the better. ‘For the average person out there who really thought I was just trying to get up and just leave for no reason, that really was a big key in my decision,’ Anthony said about the lockout. ‘I knew free agency was coming, I knew it would be altered, I knew it’d be messed up, so imagine if I’d have stayed. I’d have been a free agent now in limbo.’ Instead, Anthony signed a three-year, $65-million extension with the Knicks just after the trade and that’s money he’s guaranteed to see. The NBA initially proposed 20-percent rollbacks on current contracts but has since taken that off the table, which means, barring an unforeseen turnaround, Anthony will get all of his money.”

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  • KH10

    I’m so happy that Carmelo gets to keep all that money, never mind that he’s ruined the Knicks chances at winning anything for the next couple of years and completely screwed the Nuggets in the process now that half the team has moved to China. Love Melos game but I’m always going to view him as a selfish douche from now on. I’m guessing he couldn’t care less about that too.

  • seriousblack

    A few thoughts: 1) I can’t knock him for forcing a trade. I just didn’t like how he handled that situation publicly. He spoke too often about other teams while still in a Denver uni. Should have ignored the press and kept behind closed doors. As I Knick fan, I would have preferred a DWill/Stat combo over Melo. I wish we didn’t have two non-defense playing, out of shape, overpaid faux superstars. Love what Melo did the playoffs last season, but longterm we’d be better off w/o his ballstopping.

  • seriousblack

    *pardon the typos. Writing from my phone.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Everyone has a right to their opinion, but really if you truly are upset over losing what the Knicks gave up for Melo, then you should gbo back to your DAY job whatever that is. On another note, THANK GOD Carmelo Kiyan AnthoNY pushed his way home to the Knicks, just like KG pushed his way to the Celtics, but big difference is one OWNER was a BITTER ARSE about it and the other one traded him during the summer getting what they could instead of seeing him walk as a free agent. BOTH KG AND MELO WERE VERY LOYAL TO THEIR LIL MIDWEST TEAMS that drafted them. There are a lot of similarities between the Nuggets and Wolves situations when looking at KG and Melo, but nothing similar about the way their ownership handled they divorce.

  • seriousblack

    You are cluelessforever if you really think two non-defense playing “stars” with team-choking salaries are going to win anything. We don’t even have decent center. Even a fan has to be realistic. I wouldn’t mind giving up those pieces for CP3 or DWill, but Melo? Hell no. Excellent player, but a bad fit. Oh yea, and D’Antoni should only be allowed to be an assistant coach.

  • bull22

    CARMELO, you still won’t win a TITLE in NEW YORK loud mouth!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Wish Denver the best with Gallo and Mozgov…but I am so HAPPY to have Carmelo Kiyan Anthony on the NY KNICKS. I wonder where Wilson Chanlder ends up once he’s ready to come back to the NBA? I’m not betting on Denver. Just putting that out there!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    bulls22 must be drinking early today.

  • Chris

    That Knicks team was PERFECT for a player like him before it was gutted to get him. In NY with a championship roster he would’ve made that lost money back and then some. Too bad for Knicks fans

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Anyone crying about what the Knicks gave up to get Melo sound as absurd now as the Celtics fans – and Celtics haters- going on and on about how the C’s got rapped trading for KG when Ainge gave up Al Jefferson, Gerald “Cupcake” Green, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and crap shoot draft picks. Like I said, everyone is entitled to their opinions…lol

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I don’t think the KG and Melo situations are similiar at all. Maybe I’m not remembering it right, but I don’t recall KG being a distraction to the Wolves his final season there, OR forcing his way to the Celtics. The Celtics weren’t even in the equation until the summertime. Every player wants a huge contract, but I think KGs motivation for getting out of Minny was based on winning, while Melo’s main motivation was money.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Bottom line, Carmelo Anthony is a top 5 talent, and as a Knicks fan, I’m very happy with the deal. Then throw in the fact the Knicks also got a floor general like Smooth…SMH, please sit down. Knicks made out real good.

  • Brahsef

    Lol, all those players traded to get Melo you can get back a lot easier than it is to nab another Melo. When you have a chance to get a legit superstar in the league, you go for it. Gallo, Mozgov (really?), and Chandler are all replaceable parts.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Blame Denver ownership dfrance…should have done a trade in the summer of 2011, instead of trying to force Melo to a team he didn’t want to lock himself into a long-term contract with. IMHO, KG was lucky McHale was his GM at the time…that would have been like the Nuggets having Willis Reed as their GM. lmao

  • http://nicekicks.com Meloman2.0

    You guys ae the selfish ones… so you expect Melo to go into free agency in a lockout year? where all this time, he would have no team to call home? you guys are messed

  • angus

    @seriousblack are you really saying stat is out of shape? dude cut from stone

  • LA Huey

    I don’t blame him for what went down. NYK still improved through the trade though it certainly would have been better had they just acquired him through free agency. I think if winning was his main motivation, he could have waited ’til his contract expired because I feel like he can make way more through endorsements playing in NYC if his team is winning.

  • Darren

    What use was Gallinari when Melo arrived? He would have been on the bench anyway. Mozgov is no loss either. Ok, Chandler was ok but another defensive guy can be found anywhere, and Felton’s loss was covered by Billups.

  • tony

    dude is selling more shoes of the fact that hes in ny. Imagine selling anything as an unatached free agent….

  • seriousblack

    @ IAmorange and brashef: I’d prefer a “winner” or a piece that would be a better fit in order to win over Melo. The franchise needs that more than a debateable superstar to only sell tickets. It’s not like the Knicks are struggling financially. He’s also a ball stopper. And Chauncey is a shoot-first, aging pg with two shoot first “stars”. Can he really keep up with the new generation of pgs? @ angus: Maybe not out of shape, but his endurance is terrible. Aside from being lazy, what else can account for his lack of rebounding?

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Melo’s not a “winner”? I think the NCAA would disagree. He’s the only 1 and done player to lead his team to a chip. And I don’t recall Denver sniffing the playoffs before him (Mutombo years maybe). Gallinari and Chandler are exactly that, pieces to fit around another real star. And Timofy (Blake Griffin jock holder) Mozgov are you serious?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Here’s the joke of the day courtesy of Orange; Melo is a Top-5 talent.
    *warning* avoid drinking any liquids near your computer while reading this joke.

  • boo radley

    how can meloa motivation be money when he stood to make the most if he would’ve signed an extension to stay in denver. couldn’t his motivation to want to get to NY been the fact the he and his wife were BORN there……smh

  • Patrick

    Wow…after reading this article, i shake my head at the Knicks. Who is there GM? He should be fired. This was a terrible deal…if NY was really the only place where Melo wanted to go, they could have just waited till the lockout was over, and got him at a way cheaper price. SMH, what an amateur business move.

  • Patrick

    Unless I guess Denver has the contractual right to trade Melo without his consent. Could have traded him elsewhere than New York. That’s the only reason why I think the Knicks should have signed him pre-lockout. Hopefully that was the reason..if not what a joke at business their GM is.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Patrick, their GM (Donnie Walsh) didn’t want to make the trade, but there owner (James Dolan) made it happen. Which is (more then likely) why Donnie Walsh is not returning for another season, because he is not allowed to do his own job.

  • MUBWAR

    Melo is not a top 5 player in the league and never was his entire 8 years nba career. he is clutch and put amazing points but not a top 5. Gotta have an all around game like the james and howard.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    CBS has Melo at number 20 in the league. Lets just say that top 5 is absurd.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    melo is a top 5 OFFENSIVE talent…. but his other huge deficiencies average him out to a top 15-20 player… IMO

  • seriousblack

    What does the NCAA have to do with his NBA accomplishments? And who said I wouldn’t trade those guys? I wouldn’t trade them for Melo and Chauncey. If they could’ve gotten DWill that would’ve been better for the Knicks. Stat/Melo is not a winning combo for multiple reasons. Chauncey is a shoot-first pg with a huge contract, on a team with two “stars” who only care about offensive. Add to the fact that he’s aging in a league where his position is the deepest and you don’t have a winning recipe. Simply making the playoffs isn’t good enough for what those three guys will make.

  • stayweird38

    Melo is more clutch than lebron once they get a true center the knicks could compete. I hope melo gets a ring before lebron hahah gallinari is a scrub o hate him why would you trade him and mosgov for melo are u nuts?

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel#2

    Pretty smart move…he just hold it tight till it was time…he got New York, what he wanted, got Money…and now, ALL his cash is guarantee! If you ask me, he did the right thing.

  • MUBWAR

    espn has Melo at 12. that’s a bit low. He should be around 7 to 9 range

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Everbodys being so mean to Melo. C’mon, leave the cutie alone.

  • Alan

    I don’t understand how this is perceived (by him) to be a better way to control his desired destination than say, I dunno, Chris Bosh?

    http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/11/carmelo-anthony-im-not-chris-bosh/

    “He promises not to leave his team hanging. ‘I’m not Chris Bosh,’ Anthony declared. ‘We’re not the same person. What I do will be straight up. Management knows that.’ ”

    Same sh*t, different pile. He wanted out, he wanted a specific team, he got what he wanted…just like Bosh. Even though it’s not exactly the same scenario as CB (or LeBron), it still stinks.

  • Jeremy

    @LakeShow……………I Hope You a Female

    @bull22 “Loud mouth”? we all know you a sneaky racist

  • ManOfMystery

    I think that Phil Jackson should coach the Knicks. It would be just what Melo and STAT need. They would get the right pieces, and those two are perfect focus points of the Triangle Offense. Phil Jackson coaching Billups, Melo, and Amare is best for all involved.

  • stayweird38

    Melo gonna have a MVP season whenever it gets going. anyone wanna bet?!

  • Rainman

    ^ i’ll take u up on that bet…

  • O

    Co-sign Jeremy. I mean, if Lakeshow’s out the closet, it is what it is. No hate for the gays here. Not sure bull22 is a racist though. I’m glad the Knicks got Melo cause he is the scoring truth. People love to hate on every good player except Derrick Rose it seems. Kobe, LeBron, Melo, Durant, Dwight – heads will ALWAYS point out they negatives for whatever reason and fans like myself or IAMORANGE will always counter with the positives. That’s just the game of being a fan of the game. I would’ve LOVED to have kept Gallo AND Felton (Chandler was a goner one way or another), but Melo didn’t put his foot down so he could sign his name next to the X and get that money by whatever means necessary. But we got two great building blocks with whatever money we’ll have left when this CBA gets worked out. Melo may not be top 5 player, but he IS top 10. In NO particular order: LaBron, Kobe, Wade, Dwight, CP3, Rose, Melo, Durant, Dirk, & D-Will.

  • TruthHurts

    How is “loud mouth” in anyway racist?
    @jeremy arent you the dude who said “You Might be too white to understand Nas”?

  • MikeC.

    Since the Knicks got the two best players in the trade, how is it that they gave up too much? Chandler is nice, but he’s no Melo. Gallo is nice, but he’s no Melo. Felton is nice, but he’s replaced in the short term by Billups, and he’s more easily replaceable long term than getting another Melo. Who knows that Mozgov will do? At the time of the trade, he was 6 fouls and a dunk prop. Replaced by Shelden Williams. As for Billups’ huge contract? Sure $14 mil is a lot for Billups, but it’s not like it’s $14 mil/year for the next 5 years. It’s a one year option that is currently getting wiped out by the lockout. Sounds like a lot of fans of other teams getting worried that NY might finally have their ish together.

  • Clos1881

    Melos one of my favorite players but more than anything this was a LaLa move which I’m not knocking but I’m pretty sure she was the main one in his ear complaining about Denver of you watch her show she’s constantly saying how bored she was in Denver and lonely.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    If Knicks could have kept Felton, the trade is was great. It still was a good trade, but Melo could have just played his hand and Denver would have had no choice but to take what the Knicks offered at the beginning and just maybe last year Knicks beat Celtics and beat Heat and lost to Bulls, but it would have been a better run in the playoffs. BOOK IT!!

  • DukeFromDeep

    I would take Melo over James… Just saying. But then I would have Griffin over Stat/Gasol….

  • Jason S.

    Why is Melo lyin’? You didn’t force a trade for yourself but you did it for your wife. That b%^&* needs her big market cuz she see herself as a celeb. She got that sh*& show as soon as she landed in NY. Melo is a puss and lets his wife make all the decisions.

  • db

    dude carmelos trade was the best thing that happened to him nuggets would have gotten him nowhere nuggets couldnt make it anywhere with him cause the coach. carmelo aint selfish he got a better deal knicks with his friend chauncey who is a beast pointguard that doesnt mean that he is selfish it means he is smart for taking a good offer

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson ChiefKeewatin

    I don’t see how anyone can hate on Melo for this move. He didn’t shrink from the light, has decided to take his skills to the one place that loves basketball. With a few moves and good drafting there is no reason why the knicks can’t improve on the back end and the front. I would think they were more serious about a Chip with a different coach.

  • Zack

    I find it odd that guy keeps using his full name…

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