Bill Simmons (Sports Guy) of ESPN.com put up an article today grading all the recent NBA trades. He gave the Knicks an “A-” which I’m in complete agreement with.
Here’s a piece of his reasoning:
But Anthony Randolph was a sunk cost. Timofey Mozgov is a 24-year-old, relatively clumsy center with bad hands who played ONE good game all season. And Chauncey Billups and Ray Felton cancel each other out for this season and next. I think Billups will fare better than Felton did in New York — he’s a killer 3-point shooter, he’s been in a ton of big games and he’ll play with an edge because he’s probably pissed off that everyone regarded him as a throw-in for this trade. He’s also never played for a team with two A-list scorers before. And you can’t leave him open from outside. (He shoots 44 percent on 3-pointers; Felton shoots 33 percent. Just sayin’.) But for the purposes of this trade, it’s a wash: You’re getting solid production in 2011 and 2012 either way.
So really, the trade came down to the Knicks getting Carmelo for Gallinari, Chandler and a 2014 No. 1 pick. Gallinari will never make an All-Star team, but he’s a dangerous streak shooter; Knicks fans loved him; he wasn’t afraid of big moments; and with Derek Jeter getting married, he was the prohibitive favorite to become the New York Athlete Who Spends The Next 10 Years Plowing Through Every Model And Celebrity In The Tri-State Area. Chandler? A solid small forward putting up inflated stats in a run-and-gun system; on any contender, he’s an eighth or ninth man. Don’t you flip Chandler, Gallo and a pick for Carmelo every day and twice on Sunday? Don’t you do it without blinking?
Pretty much what I felt when the trade went down.
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