Carmelo Trade Off?

It isn’t over until it’s over.  Carmelo may not be heading to the Nets after all.  After almost no progress yesterday, a four-team trade that would send Carmelo to the Nets may not happen.  Now here is the interesting part.  Carmelo may now be lobbying for a trade to the Knicks.  Yes, the Knicks.  What a turn of events in the past 24 hours.

Real GM confirms these rumors, saying that Melo to the Knicks is definitely a possibility.  On the other hand, Steve Kyler posted the following on Twitter, “Sources speculated that Melo simply wants to be a Free Agent in 2011 and won’t sign an extension with anyone… No Extension No Trade.”  I highly doubt this to be true, but it is certainly a possibility.  I doubt Carmelo will have an hour long show where he decides where to take his talents to, but I do understand why he would want to keep his options open.

If this trade does indeed fall through, this is a huge blow to the Nets franchise.  This may have been their only chance to obtain a franchise player.  The Nets now have to hope that Derrick Favors becomes the next great power forward in this league.  Even if he does, the Nets will never have the firepower to compete in the Eastern Conference.  How are the Nets supposed to get past the Bulls, the Heat, and the Knicks if they sign Carmelo?  I also truly believe that Chris Paul will follow Carmelo and go to either New York or New Jersey. 

On the other hand, this is a huge opportunity for the Knicks.  If they have a chance to get Carmelo, you have to be willing to trade everyone on your team except Amar’e Stoudemire to get him.  A core of Carmelo and Amar’e can compete with the Heat and Lakers if you get a premier point guard.  Even if you miss out on Chris Paul, Tony Parker isn’t a bad fall back option.  If Anthony Randolph can develop into a star like people think he can, he is another piece to the puzzle.  There is also the possibility that Timofey Mozgov becomes an elite center in this league.  Wouldn’t that be something?

In the end, this is a great day for Knicks fans and a terrible day for Nets fans.  This is a potential turning point in each franchise’s history.  Carmelo could make or break the next five years for either franchise.

Don't count out the Knicks.

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Knicks Likely to Acquire Carmelo as a Free Agent?

According to RealGM, the Knicks are still more likely to acquire Carmelo Anthony as a free agent this summer.  At this point, the Knicks should hope Melo hits the free agency market rather than being traded to a contender such as Chicago.  If Melo hits the open market, I truly believe he will be a Knick.

Acquiring Carmelo wouldn’t exactly make the Knicks championship contenders.  They’d still have to find an elite point guard in Chris Paul or Tony Parker.  The development of young potential starts such as Anthony Randolph, Danilo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov.

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Source: Melo Still Hoping For Trade To Bulls, Knicks

According to Real GM, the Knicks and Bulls are the preferred landing spots for Carmelo Anthony.  If I were the Knicks, I’d make a package around Gallinari, Curry, Randolph, and Chandler.  It’s a whole lot to give up, but you are getting Carmelo Anthony in return. 

That offer is much stronger than one Chicago can make.  Luol Deng’s salary makes for a horrible trading asset.  Anything is possible, but I think the Knicks are the better landing spot.

PG: Felton
SG: Azubuike
SF: Melo
PF: Amar’e
C: Turiaf

Even after a trade, that Knicks team would be deadly.

Will the Knicks and Nets be Offensive or Defensive Teams?

Offensive and defensive bias are keys to understanding basketball’s advanced statistics.  A player with a more positive bias has a better offensive game.  A player with a more negative bias has a better defensive game.  It’s a simple concept to see what type of player someone is.  For more on this topic, click here.

All stats are for the 2009-2010 season.

Knicks
Kelenna Azubuike: 2.3
Wilson Chandler: -0.2
Eddy Curry: -7.0
Toney Douglas: 3.1
Raymond Felton: 0.2
Danillo Gallinari: 3.2
Roger Mason: -1.7
Anthony Randolph: -1.7
Amar’e Stoudemire: 3.2
Ronny Turiaf: -2.9
Bill Walker: 1.6

Total Bias: 0.1

Now I know people expected a much higher bias for the Knicks towards offense, but look at the numbers closely.  If you take out Eddy Curry, the team bias is suddenly 7.1.  Since Curry isn’t really part of the team, it is very fair to say the Knicks are much more of an offensive team than defensive.

Nets
Jordan Farmar: -0.8
Devin Harris: 3.1
Kris Humphries: -2.6
Brook Lopez: 2.1
Sean May: -2.5
Anthony Morrow: 1.0
Troy Murphy: -0.5
Travis Outlaw: -2.2
Johan Petro: -1.9
Quinton Ross: -3.4
Terrence Williams: -2.1

Total Bias: -9.8

The Nets are clearly a defensive team, which is a good thing.  For a young team looking to put together wins, defense is a great tool to implement.  I’m looking forward to seeing if this team can click this season.

Knicks Reject Deal for Fernandez?

Yesterday, Real GM reported that the Knicks rejected a deal that would have made Rudy Fernandez a Knick.  In the three-way deal, the Knicks would have given up Anthony Randolph.  Because of Randolph’s potential, this was a very smart decision by Donnie Walsh. 

Fernandez is a very good player, but I wouldn’t even give up Wilson Chandler for him

The Best and Worst Acquistions of the 2010 NBA Offseason

In this article, I am going to examine the Knicks’ and Nets’ best and worst offseason moves.  Taken into the equation while ranking the acquisitions are each player’s contract length, total value, and fit on the team.  Therefore, Amar’e Stoudemire isn’t the best signing off the Knicks’ offseason just because he’s the best player.

Knicks

Best Acquisition: Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, and Ronny Turiaf for David Lee

This was one of the better trades in Knick history. David Lee (who was going to leave the Knicks for nothing) was traded to the Golden State Warriors for a potential star forward in Randolph, a sniping guard/forward in Azubuike, and a solid center in Ronny Turiaf. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Worst Acquisition:  Not signing Shannon Brown or Delonte West

Instead of going for Brown or West, the Knicks decided to sign Roger Mason to a one year deal. While Mason could have it a bounce back season, Shannon or Delonte could have been real impact players off the bench or starting. It doesn’t get much worse than that.

Nets

Best Acquisition: Troy Murphy for Courtney Lee

In a four-team deal, the Nets turned Courtney Lee into Troy Murphy. For a shooting guard that likely would have had limited playing time, the Nets got back a proven 15-10 power forward with an expiring contract who can start while Derrick Favors develops. The Nets got better and filled a need in this trade.

Worst Acquisition: Travis Outlaw

Five years, $35 million. That’s all I have to say. Any possible positives Outlaw brings to the table are wiped out by his contract. If this signing prevents the Nets from signing a star free agent, it would be a huge shame. Outlaw is a solid sixth man, but he will be starting for the Nets for the time being. Travis was arguably the third best small forward on the market, but there was no reason to overspend for him. Hopefully he performs close to his crazy contract.

Projecting the Knicks Depth Chart

The NBA season is less than two months away from commencing.  The new-look Knicks are ready to strike fear in the hearts of every team that steps onto the Madison Square Garden court.  Let’s take a look at their projected depth chart for this season.

PG: Raymond Felton/Toney Douglas
SG: Wilson Chandler/Kelenna Azubuike/Roger Mason/Bill Walker/Toney Douglas/Andy Rautins
SF: Danilo Gallinari/Kelenna Azubuike/Roger Mason/Bill Walker/Landry Fields/Anthony Randolph
PF: Amar’e Stoudemire/Anthony Randolph/Ronny Turiaf
C: Timofey Mozgov/Ronny Turiaf/Eddy Curry/Jerome Jordan/Anthony Randolph

Point guard is a pretty simple position to predict.  Raymond Felton will start, and Toney Douglas will back up.  After point guard, there are positions to be won and lost.

Shooting guard is Wilson Chandler’s spot to lose.  Azubuike has a chance to win the starting job, but I really do think Chandler will beat him out.  Mason and Walker will provide depth, while Toney Douglas should see a few minutes here and there at two-guard when he isn’t running the point.  Rautins could see some minutes, but he will be limited in playing time.   

Danilo Gallinari will start at small forward.  Azubuike, Mason, and Walker will be the main backups.  If Kelenna wins the starting shoooting guard job, then Chandler will be the main backup to both positions.  Also look for playing time for Landry Fields.  You could see some minutes for Anthony Randolph at small forward, but his main minutes will come at power forward. 

Power forward is another easy position to predict.  Amar’e will start and Anthony Randolph will and come off the bench behind him.  I also think that you’ll see Ronny Turiaf spend some minutes here when Mozgov is at center.

Now here comes my bold prediction.  I truly believe that Timofey Mozgov will start and be an extremely effective player this season.  Mozgov’s defense is something that I believe will put him over the top.  He will have a chance to prove himself in camp this year.  By doing this, you can also effectively limit Ronny Turiaf’s minutes (as his stamina issues could become a problem).