It seemed like as soon as ‘The Decision’ began to fade from the fans’ minds, the rumor mill feverishly picked up in the CarMeloDrama. There were other teams besides the Knicks and the New Jersey Nets that were involved, but most believed Carmelo Anthony wanted to play in the Big Apple. Anthony got his wish on Feb. 22.
There was much debate over whether Anthony’s presence would make the Knicks better. The critics thought New York gave up too much, or that the trade came too late and the team wouldn’t have a chance to gel, or that Carmelo was overrated and would not help the Knicks on the defensive end, where they needed the most help, or all of the above. There were even debates over who got the better deal. To acquire him, the Knicks gave up Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, a first-round pick, a couple second-round picks and $3 million in cash. What wasn’t debated was whether the Nuggets would be better off without Anthony this season.
The jury is still out on whether the Knicks are better or not right now. They were 28-26 before the trade and 14-14 since. The Nuggets, on the other hand, are one of the hottest teams in the league since Anthony's departure. Led by a renewed emphasis on defense and balanced scoring, they were 18-7 since the trade and secured another 50-win season.