Orlando’s road to the title just got more difficult

February 22, 2011, 8:24 am

The Eastern Conference just added a new elite team today as star forward Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks. Anthony had been previously lobbying to play for the Knicks, and it seems that after months of speculation he finally got his wish. Over the last couple of weeks rumors swirled about Anthony being traded to such teams as the Lakers and the Nets but it was the Knicks who got him in the end. The All-Star forward is in the final year of his contract and made it clear that he had little interest in returning to the Denver Nuggets despite their 3 year, $65 million offer.

The Knicks are currently sitting in 6th place in the East, one spot behind the Orlando Magic and are planning on pairing Anthony with their current All-Star, Amar’e Stoudemire. In the deal the Nuggets received forwards Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, point guard Raymond Felton and center Timofey Mosgov. They will also receive a first round pick. The Knicks add Carmelo Anthony, point guard Chauncey Billups, and forwards Renaldo Balkman, Sheldon Williams and Corey Brewer. The Eastern Conference is quickly becoming the more powerful side of the NBA with emerging teams such as New York, Miami, Atlanta and Chicago as well as consistent powerhouses Boston and Orlando.

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