Not in Knicks uniforms, however. “The Knicks were reconstructed by patience and guile and, for once, having grownups back in charge..it took Donnie Walsh two years to clean up a decade of mess. Dolan might have undone it all in a weekend,” observed NY Mag’s Will Leitch, whose gory summation of Knicks ownership’s willingness to overpay for Carmelo Anthony was published before ESPN’s Chris Broussard dropped the following bombshell ;
If the New York Knicks send Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler (above, left) and Timofey Mozgov to Denver for Anthony, the Nets are in discussions to then acquire either Gallinari, Felton or Chandler plus Mozgov for two first-round draft picks.
That deal is obviously contingent upon the Knicks trading all those players to Denver for a package headlined by Anthony and Chauncey Billups.
Although league rules generally preclude packaging players for two months after they are acquired via trade, Denver can package players acquired from New York in a subsequent trade with New Jersey if the players involved are sent to the Nets in separate but simultaneous smaller deals before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
One example: New Jersey could trade Troy Murphy to the Nuggets as a trade exception that Denver would generate by the trade of Billups to New York. The Nets, then, would accept multiple players from Denver whose aggregated salaries are less than Murphy’s. There are other combinations possible for the Nuggets and Nets to make two separate trades to satisfy league rules and convey the former Knicks to New Jersey.