Despite acquiring an elite player, one of the best true scorers in the NBA, I am not overjoyed, because we both tossed away our past future, to help fulfill a prophecy made by Chris Paul.
Just a few hours ago, the Knicks were one of the best young teams in basketball. With emerging stars Danillo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields, Timofey Mosgov, and Anthony Randolph all showing promise of becoming very solid NBA players. Yet tommorow it will be announced that the Knicks have traded 4 of the 5. The future has become a not so distant past.
Yet, at the same time, a new future is taking shape. The Knicks have come another step closer to having their own triumvirate to match that in Miami. At Carmelo’s wedding, it has been reported that New Orleans Hornets Guard Chris Paul stood up and gave a toast, suggesting that like Lebron, Bosh and Wade did, he and Carmelo should join friend Amar’e Stoudemire in New York.
You can not control the future though, and it is yet to be seen if there will even be room in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to add a guy like Chris Paul, but with the addition of Anthony, at least right now they are 2/3’s of the way there.
Yet despite adding Anthony, the Knicks are still not in the top 3 teams in the Eastern Conference, still behind the Heat with Lebron/Wade/Bosh, the Celtics with Pierce/Garnett/Allen and the Magic with Center Dwight Howard and overall depth.
The Knicks both traded away young talent, depth, and still have not acquired any player to fill their biggest two gaps of backup PG and Center. By swapping PG Raymond Felton for Chauncey Billups the need for a legitmate backup point guard has only increased because of Billups age. Up to now, backup Toney Douglas has not seemed ready or able to fufill such a duty.
This deal also did not bring a Center to the Knicks, forcing Amare Stoudemire to still play out of position.
Please Donny, instead of sulking because Dolan ruined the team of the future, and ripped apart your plan of acquiring Carmelo Anthony, make a move to get one of the two, with the players just aquired from the Nuggets and ‘Wolves.