After months of speculation, the New York Knicks are getting superstar Carmelo Anthony. In a massive nine-player trade, the Knicks will send four of their top players—Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov—plus three draft picks and $3 million cash to the Denver Nuggets, in exchange for point guard Chauncey Billups, forwards Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman, guard Anthony Carter, and, of course, the 6-foot-8 star Anthony. “I would say it’s virtually done,” a Knicks exec tells the New York Times.
Anthony, a Brooklyn native, had been pushing for a trade to New York for months, refusing to sign an extension with the Nuggets or any other possible trade suitors. The star forward is one of the best scorers in the league, with a career average of 24.5 points per game. Teamed up with 6-foot-10 forward Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks now boast one of the high-scoring frontcourts in the NBA.