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Nuggets trade Anthony and Billups to New York

by Derrick Johnson on February 22, 2011

Dubbed 'Melo-drama,' the saga surrounding which team Carmelo Anthony will play for has come to an end, with the Denver Nuggets forward being traded to the New York Knicks, according to Fox News.

In this megadeal, Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman are all moving from Denver to New York, while the Nuggets receive Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Fallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick in exchange, according to the news source.

According to the news source, in an interview with George Karl, the Nuggets Coach had the following comment: "All trades for coaches are sad, there's happy and sad. I'm glad it's over, I'm glad it's an opportunity to reinvent. I think everybody handled it as classy as you can handle it. There's some sadness to it, there always will be. In the same, it's time to move on, reinvent."

Karl seemed particularly sad about losing Chauncey Billups.

"I think Chauncey will go down as one of the greatest winners. His record of seven or eight conference finals is, I mean, that's incredible. …I think there's many people, including myself, that will be sad for Chauncey. I know he loves Denver and we love him, but things happen. There's decisions that have to be made," Karl told the news source.

According to the New York Times' William Rhoden, the Knicks made the right decision as they now have two strong players, Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Sean Gregory of CNN has a different perspective: "Who cares? The whole ordeal has been a boring game of chicken."
 

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