Harris DeckerIt’s been really hard to judge the Carmelo Anthony trade for the past few years. There’s a unique combination of a lack of winning and draft picks vested so far in the future that, at the time, they seemed like they’d never be used. Tuesday night during the NBA’s draft lottery, we found out that the Orlando Magic would get that pick and it will be used in the No. 12 slot.
Entering the offseason, you could hear the pessimistic Knicks fan screaming from down the hall. You could see the lottery balls falling into line and the Knicks being royally screwed by that trade. Luckily that wasn’t the case.
Despite the deep draft class, the final piece to move in the Carmelo Anthony trade is the No. 12 pick and I’m not crying over it one bit. Sure, it would be great to have that pick back but instead we got a player that at the time was among the NBA’s elite scorers. In New York all he’s done is win a scoring title and lead the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division title in a decade.
Anthony has not done the one thing he was brought here to do. Win an NBA Championship. It’s a tough league to win in and I don’t think there’s a guy out there that will say Anthony hasn’t tried. Whether he leaves for Chicago, Los Angeles or Dallas in the coming months, I don’t look back at that trade with any regrets. It had to happen and if you asked me, I’d make the deal over and over.
The one thing that this reminds you of is the stupidity of James Dolan. It has been discussed at length how much Dolan and Isiah Thomas affected this trade. Donnie Walsh seemed to have things well at hand before the excitable owner got involved. Could Walsh have gotten Anthony for less? We will never know.
The Knicks will be spectators on draft day and while it sucks to not be picking 12th, possibly landing a guy like Gary Harris or James Young, at least this pick wasn’t a back breaker. Carmelo Anthony’s future with New York remains uncertain but the legacy of his trade here has now come to an end.