Carmelo Anthony who was a first round draft pick in 2003, and is a 4x NBA All-star is going to be playing for his hometown of New York City. The trade was made official February 21, 2011. Although rumors of a trade had been circulating since the beginning of the season, and Melo expressed his interest in the Knicks, it was not 100% official until Monday where he was going. The trade was part of a 12-player exchange along with a first round draft pick for Denver in 2014 and $3 million in cash. Along with Carmelo, point guard Chauncey Billups was also traded from Denver to N.Y and will now make up their own â€œBig Threeâ€ in the big apple with Knicks Power Forward Amare Stoudemire.
So what does all this mean to us Heat fans? For starters, Melo and Billups together with Amare on one team definitely add more competition to the Eastern Conference. With the Heat in second place behind the Celtics, and the playoffs just a few months away, Miami has a lot on their plate right now. With Chicago gunning for that second place spot just 4 games behind Miami, all the match-ups leading up to the playoffs should be very interesting.
Carmelo’s first game as a Knick will be tonight against the Bucks, however his first televised game will be against the Heat this Sunday February 27th at 8:00pm. The game will take place at the AAA here in Miami, and it should definitely set the tone to how competitive this revamped Knicks team can actually be against a dominating and powerful Miami squad.
My money is on the Heat.