Finally, after weeks and months of speculation, he has arrived. And no, I’m not talking about The Undertaker returning to RAW last night. I’m not even talking about Triple H returning in the same show – I’m talking about Melo, New York and 379 other NBA players seemingly involved in this trade. Let’s digest it shall we?
The New York Knicks receive Melo (obviously), Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman. The Denver Nuggets receives Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari (more on him in a minute), Wilson Chandler, Timofey “Blake Griffin ruined my rookie season” Mozgov plus a boatload of picks plus cash.
Now you’ve a starting line up in New York of Billups-Fields-Melo-Amare-Whoever is healthy and can rebound a little. Two big major questions right now I need answering – who is the lock down defender needed in the playoffs, and will Chauncey Billups negotiate a buyout?
Corey Brewer for Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry in a separate deal is a move that will be very, very underrated. Brewer is an underestimated wing player, while Randolph has a very high ceiling that is just waiting to be tapped into.
Like I said in this space a few weeks ago, Minnesota now has Beasley-Love-Randolph to fill his three forward spots. No joke right now, David Kahn is after making a good move here. Shocking.
Now, let’s talk Gallinari. Ric Bucher, one of the most plugged in guys in all of professional sports it seems, has reported that the Nuggets might deal the sharp shooting Italian. Teams listed as potential suitors are the Clippers, the Raptors and our very own Cavaliers.
If I’m Chris Grant, I do nearly everything possible to get this kid. If I’m Dan Gilbert, I offer to buy every bit of Carmelo memorabilia left in the Nuggets team shop as compensation. If I’m Byron Scott, I let it be known publicly that I want this guy in my team by Thursday.
Here we have a 6’10″, 22 year old small forward who’s averaging 16 points and 5 rebounds and can light it up from beyond the arc. And he just might be available. Get this deal done guys, he fills a major hole for us plus makes it a whole lot easier for us in deciding to take Kyrie Irving in the draft and not Terrence Jones.
Joakim Noah is pencilled in to return this Wednesday for the Bulls. I’m going to state right now that this Chicago team will be a top two seed in the East, and will make the conference finals.
People say Kobe Bryant took the All Star game “too serious”. Please. His home building, the last time he’ll play there in an All Star game, he was always going to be MVP. I don’t care if he robbed Kevin Love’s rebounds – that just gives Love a taste of his own medicine. Kobe put on a show; he had 21 in the first quarter and people are complaining he scored 37?
You guys are lucky that after that first quarter he didn’t drop 50. I’m not a Kobe fan by any means – I loathe the guy – but he deserved that MVP.
I don’t care if he did have a triple double, the artist formerly known as 23 should never win a popularity contest ever again. Ever.
I’m joining the “Serge Ibaka Was Robbed” group. He jumped before the foul line – all those other guys (I mean no disrespect to Dr. J or His Airness) took off after it – and made the dunk. He was great.
JaVale McGee was great, that double-dunk with the two backboards was one of the best I’ve ever seen. DeMar DeRozan wasn’t that creative in his dunks, but amazed the crap out of me with his crazy athleticism.
Best dunk contest since Vince Carter did his thing so well all those years ago? I think so.
Another rumour surfacing is Shane Battier to the Celtics. We know that Chicago has interest in Anthony Parker. We have made it known that we covet young players with upside who are preferably bigmen and draft picks. Boston has Glen Davis and Semih Erden. The Rockets have Patrick Patterson and Jordan Hill. The Bulls have Taj Gibson. Surely, if the Nuggets and Knicks can swing that 379-player deal, something can be worked out with us and those two parties that could benefit us all? Will it happen before Thursday though?
Next three games (all of which are home games) sees us entertain the Rockets, the now-featuring-Melo Knicks and the 76ers. With our current hot-streak (we’re 2-1 over our last three games) I expect two wins from the three games. I don’t care whom they happen against, I just know that we’ll get it done.
Know and hope, they mean the same thing right?
I think its safe to say that we won’t make the playoffs. We get it. We’re all upset at how the season has gone, but a silver lining exists in that we can play pretty much carefree the remainder of the season while giving our young guns even more exposure and we can also look forward to a high draft pick this summer. So get used to more games of 24 points and 14 rebounds from the Hickson, be prepared for some Skyenga highlight clips and set your stomach up for some regular digestion of blogs entitled “Who the Cavs should draft” from here on in.
It should be fun to watch…