Of course, we all know about what happened yesterday with Carmelo. That deal was so long in the making that it wasn’t much of a surprise when it finally went down. The particulars of it might have been a minor shock, but I think we all knew that the New York “Brain Trust” would do pretty much whatever it took to add ‘Melo to their team.
Just to recap, here’s who and what changed hands in that deal:
Knicks acquire: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman, Corey Brewer
Nuggets acquire: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, 2014 1st round pick, 2012 2nd round pick, 2013 2nd round pick, $3mil in cash
Timberwolves acquire: Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry, $3mil in cash
Today’s news involving Deron Williams was certainly more of a bolt from the blue, though I can’t say I blame the Jazz for cutting ties with him after Sloan-gate.
Here’s what is up with that move:
Nets acquire: Deron Williams, Dan Gadzuric, and Brandan Wright
Jazz acguire: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, 2 first round picks, and $3mil in cash [ Update: picks are Nets 2011 pick and Warriors 2012 pick (protected 1-7)]
Warriors acquire: Troy Murphy
Troy Murphy will likely be waived.
In other trade news, it looks like Carl Landry is on his way to Nooch, while Marcus Thornton is headed to Sacto.
What all this means to the Spurs is unclear as of now, but my gut tells me that Utah and Denver will be less of a threat now that they have seemingly entered re-building mode. Both teams might still make the playoffs based on their performance to date, but I don’t think they will have the chops just yet to push the Spurs out. The West appears to be coming down to the Lakers, Spurs, Mavs, and Thunder this year.