I t’s official: The Denver Nuggets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks on Monday night, the deal will go through the NBA’s approval process today. Throughout the last six months of trade rumors, Carmelo wanted three things: To get his three-year contract extension done before the trade deadline, to play for the New York Knicks and to compete for a championship. He had to achieve those goals while taking the least hit to his public reputation as possible, lest he fall into the pit of resentment that swallowed LeBron James.
With this trade complete, Carmelo obviously accomplished the first two of his three objectives: He got paid and he’s the Big Apple’s latest high-profile resident, returning to his and his wife’s birthplace. As for the championship contention? Only time will tell if Carmelo and his fellow All-Star, Amar’e Stoudemire, will be able to shoulder the heavy burden down the stretch of the season and end up with the rings.