The Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes and its interminable list of “Melo” puns is finally over. It was an interesting situation that dragged out way too long, and in the end the Knicks improved but gave up a lot. The new team is going to play no defense at all, but fans are excited and the Nuggets appeared to do well for themselves in the trade. If the Knicks are actually able to turn around and acquire a center, it may work out better. I am sure the Garden will be rocking tonight.
The trade may have loosened a backlog of deals around the league. a In a trade that was totally unexpected, the Jazz traded Deron Williams to the Nets for Derrick Favors and Devin Williams (two pieces of their proposesed Carmelo package) and two draft picks. The Nets may not be able to sign Williams to a contract extension immediately, but it looks like a hell of a deal for them. Are the Jazz rebuilding for the first time in forever? Jerry Sloan just quit as coach, supposedly because he couldn’t get along with Williams, but then the team traded Williams anyway. What they have now isn’t terrible, but it seems like a longer-term trade. In any case it’s a stunner. People expected Wiliams to leave Utah eventually, but not this soon. It looks like the Nets made a great deal and the Jazz saved themselves a lot of drama.
I’m sure some other trades are forthcoming. The Blazers may trade some pieces, and the top teams are going to be looking for finishing pieces. The Lakers and Celtic may want to add players, but it’s doubtful either of them can trade much. Miami may have to pick up someone who has been bought out after the deadline.