By Paul Cantor
Knicks fans, you can quit holding your breath. Carmelo Anthony is officially a member of the New York Knicks. The trade was announced late this evening, confirmed by the Denver Post, citing a league source. In the trade, Denver gets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash. Anthony will be joined in New York by Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and former Knick Renaldo Balkman.
Reaction to the trade has been overwhelmingly positive, with many people seemingly jumping on the Knicks bandwagon, and longtime fans rejoicing.
@JoeycrackTS tweeted, “YES!!!!! CARMELO A KNICK!!!!!” Then he wrote, “YES SIR MY BROTHER @carmeloanthony IS A KNICK BABY!!!! CONGRATS!!!!”
@Joebudden wrote, “YESSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love u @Lala.” He continued, “i don’t wanna see no NEW f—-n Knick fans either ……. u wasn’t there 4 the bulls–t, 1 ya’self.”
@Magic Johnson predicted a championship, writing, “Congrats to @carmeloanthony and the NY Knicks. Get ready Big Apple…a championship is coming in a couple of years!”
Jadakiss (@therealkiss) reached out to Melo directly, tweeting, “@carmeloanthony let’s get lil homey!!!! Ahaaaaa.”
So did music industry executive Steve Rifkind (@steverifkind), who wrote, “Knicks did the right thing now its time to get rid of the coach congrats @Carmeloanthony.”
@DJsuperstarjay felt Melo was worth the hype, writing, “NonBasketballFans You Were Ready To Gave Your Left Arm For Lebron Carmelo Is The Truth Understand He Is Worth Everything They Gave Up Sorry.”
@DJPremier thought that Chauncey Billups deserved some attention. He wrote, “Congrats to Chauncey Billups. Who’s also a Knick.”
Some weren’t convinced that Billups was the solution at point guard. @therealmrlen tweeted, “All we (Knicks) need now is to obtain a PG…ahem CHRIS PAUL…and then get ready for the new round of hate we’ll endure for being US!”
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