Carmelo Anthony Headed To The NY Knicks: Report

By Randall Stevens  |  02/22/2011

Carmelo AnthonyAs promised, Carmelo Anthony has seemed to make a decision as to where he wants to go at the end of NBA All-Star Weekend, and that destination is New York, with the Knicks.

According to a report from ESPN, league sources say that the Knicks have acquired Carmelo Anthony, in a three-team deal involving the Knicks, the Denver Nuggets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Despite the early news, sources told the network that the teams couldn't confirm the deal until Tuesday (February 22).

In the deal, the Knicks will send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who also gets additional picks and cash. The Knicks would get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman.

Then, New York will send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota, as part of the deal in exchange for Corey Brewer.

"I'm glad its over," Nuggets coach George Karl told the Denver Post, who first reported the deal. "I'm glad it's an opportunity to reinvent. I think everybody handled it as classy as you could handle it. There's some sadness to it, there always will be."

The Nuggets were in a bind. Anthony had previously declined to sign a three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million in the summer, so if the now, former Denver star wasn't dealt to another team by the trade deadline, the team risked losing him to free agency and get nothing.

In addition to the Knicks, the New Jersey Nets were interested in Anthony, as were the Los Angeles Lakers, according to rumors. But in the end, it seems that the New York Knicks had what Melo was looking for, whatever it was.

Anthony led the Nuggets to the playoffs in each of his first seven seasons with the team, after being drafted with the third overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, behind LeBron James and Darko Miličić. However, Denver has only made it out of the first round once during that time.