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NBA Trade Deadline Breakdown: Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Baron Davis, & More

Carmelo Anthony gets his wish, playing in New York and raising his profile. Carmelo Anthony gets his wish, playing in New York and raising his profile.

It was a crazy NBA trade deadline, one of the busiest in years. Who knows how it will all shake out with the impending CBA, but we’re going to do our best to breakdown some of the winners and losers now that the dust has settled. After all, it’s not everyday that you see basketball stars like Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Deron Williams and Baron Davis on the move. And when the New York Knicks are involved, the sports world talks about it. How did the Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavs, LA Clippers, New Jersey Nets, and other teams make out in the final account?

Of course, the most ballyhooed move of the year was Melo and Billups going to the New York Knicks as part of a 13-player, three-team deal. For the Knicks, it means getting better immediately, but they’ve gutted their future to make the move. Billups is aging but doesn’t show it, Melo is a bonafide superstar, and the two combined with Amare Stoudemire should make the Knicks a challenge for any team. But how will they look in three years?

As for Denver, Danilo Gallinari is the player with the most upside headed their way. He’s a great shooter, and young enough that his defense can still improve. Rookie Timofey Mozgov could also still develop into a factor on an NBA team. His first year as been solid, if unremarkable. Then there are some wild cards in the deal, including three draft picks, one of them a first rounder in 2014. How much those are worth is almost as uncertain as how another new Nugget, Raymond Felton, will finish out his sporadic season.

The other team in the trade played a minor role, but the Minnesota Timberwolves have in Anthony Randolph a decent prospect thanks to New York.

The New Jersey Nets looked like front runners in the “Melodrama” but when they didn’t land Anthony, they quickly pulled the trigger for a player of comparable talent, picking up Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and two first round picks. Williams will be nearly impossible to replace in Utah, but with his contract up this year, the small market Jazz risked losing him without compensation. Unfortunately, in the current NBA climate, this deal makes sense for the Jazz. In Williams, the Nets get a superstar to build around and someone who could be the face of the team moving forward.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavs picked up Baron Davis and settled in to some serious rebuilding by picking up another draft pick, which will give them two top-ten picks this year. Davis, of course, is a very good player, and the Cavaliers hope he’ll not only contribute but help mentor a team looking to start over.

In exchange for Davis and the pick, the Clippers get Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. With their near future already well under development thanks to Blake Griffin, this trade makes good sense for LA, too. Building a team around Griffin is the only way to go.

It was a wild trade deadline, but talking about sports is almost as fun as watching, and all the action off court gives basketball fans plenty of watercooler fodder. The CBA, each team's ability to re-sign players, and how the draft picks pan out will tell the story in the long run. For now, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, and the other stars on the move will be scrutinized as they battle to boost their new teams. The sports world keeps its eye on the New York area even more than usual this week thanks to the Knicks and the Nets, while the NBA's small markets struggle to play catch-up.

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There's an argument to be made that says getting Deron Williams is just as good as getting Carmelo Anthony.
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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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