Which teams made the best trades this week? Click here to read my take — then tell me what you think in the box below!
Knicks get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Corey Brewer, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams
Nuggets get: Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, a 2014 first round pick, second round picks in 2013 and 2014, and $3 million
Timberwolves get: Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry
When I saw what the Knicks gave up in the trade, my initial reaction was, "Whoa." New York dealt away six players, including three starters, in a package for the Nuggets superstar — that’s a lot. But after things sunk in, I realized that it was the right move for the Knicks. While Gallinari, Chandler, Mozgov, and Randolph are promising young players, I don't think any of them has superstar potential. Anthony is a legit superstar, and his arrival sets the team up to acquire a guy like Chris Paul in the future. The Knicks also did a good job in picking up strong defenders in Brewer and Carter. They can do the dirty work while Anthony, Billups, and Amar’e Stoudemire take care of the scoring.
While the Nuggets lost a franchise player in Anthony and a hometown hero in Chauncey Billups, they got some good, young talent in exchange for a guy who was going to leave after the season anyway. That's way better than the alternative: getting nothing if Anthony left as a free agent.
EDGE: Knicks. New York landed one of the game's premier players in Anthony, and a clutch point guard in Billups. This trade puts them in position to make some noise in the playoffs this season.
Nets get: Deron Williams
Jazz get: Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first round picks, and $3 million
The Nets acquired one of the best point guards in the NBA, but if they can't sign him after next season, it could keep the team in the Atlantic Division cellar for a long time. However, since the team is planning to move to Brooklyn, New York, in 2012, that could help woo another star player to join Williams — and prove to him that the team is serious about winning.
The Jazz get a solid point guard in Harris and a good prospect in Favors, but it could take Favors a few seasons to develop. The first-round picks that the Jazz acquired could be the key, especially if the Nets end up in the draft lottery in both seasons.
EDGE: Nets. Elite point guards like Williams are hard to come by. It’s worth the risk to have him on the team in the short term and try to convince him to stay.
Celtics get: Jeff Green, Nenad Kristic
Thunder gets: Kendrick Perkins, Nate Robinson
Perkins is a terrific defensive center, but let's face it, the guy is injured most of the time. Boston's biggest concern in the Eastern Conference playoffs will be containing wing players such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Green is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.
Edge: Celtics. Kristic is a veteran 7-footer who can help Shaq in the paint. Green will give the team a good boost off the bench, and the 24-year-old is a guy the team can build around in the future.
Trail Blazers get: Gerald Wallace
Bobcats get: Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks, Dante Cunningham, and two first round picks
The Blazers needed a star perimeter player because of Brandon Roy’s injury problems. Wallace can score when needed, and he's a strong defender who can step back into a complementary role when Roy returns.
The Bobcats unloaded a big salary and got some draft picks in an effort to rebuild their team.
Edge: Blazers. Wallace is a former All-Star who could provide a spark for Portland. The Blazers are currently seventh in the West, but just one game behind fifth-place New Orleans. Look for them to challenge for a top 5 spot.