Quick Hits on the 'Melo Trade

A Canadian contrast. My first reaction to the news that Carmelo Anthony had finally been traded to the Knicks regarded how fortunate Suns fans are to root for Steve Nash. Throughout this trade process, I’ve considered the differences between Anthony and his trade demands and Nash and his insistence that he wants to stay in Phoenix. While I agree with the assessment that Denver will benefit from Carmelo making his desire public (enabling Denver to recoup some value on their fleeing free agent beyond a LeBron James-shaped trade exception that may not even exist under a new CBA), the angst this process has generated in Nuggets’ fans makes me appreciate the class with which Nash has approached the declining competitiveness of the Suns.

That being said, I am envious of the haul Denver received from New York for Carmelo. I’ve long been a proponent of not selling Nash low, but if the Suns could get anything close to this type of value for Nash, I’d wish him luck in his quest for a championship in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, the Suns might not be so lucky as to deal with Isiah Thomas in the future. Speaking of the value of the trade for each of the principle players…

This is a fair trade. I come down on the (apparently rather unpopular) side of the blogosphere that says this is a fair trade for the two major parties, New York and Denver. As people much smarter than myself have pointed out, many of the pieces sent out by New York were either destined to be jettisoned in the future (Chandler) or readily replaced (Mozgov – the Knicks will be able to find another 7-footer to end up on posters,* I assure you). The deal essentially boils down to Gallo, a first round pick, and Mozgov for Carmelo Anthony. While I’m not as high on Anthony as many people are, I’d make that deal every day of the week.

*Do people even buy posters anymore? Other than 12 year old girls, I mean.

Regarding the Knicks’ ability to sign Carmelo in the off-season – we have no idea what the new CBA will resemble. It’s entirely possible that the Knicks would not have enough space to sign Anthony under the new salary structure or, even worse, that a newly-instituted franchise tag would prevent Carmelo from even becoming a free agent. That risk seems to balance out the potential downside of this trade.

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