No doubt that ‘Melo to the Knicks will get more hype as no one disputes that the Knicks are still the darling franchise of the NYC. But this week may ultimately be remembered as the week Mikhail Prokhorov launched the Nets back towards respectability while simultaneously making life more difficult for his crosstown rivals.
Prokhorov had previously declared the Nets out of the Carmelo sweepstakes, only to re-emerge as a late contender when it appeared the Knicks were going to be able to nab him for a few leftover Madison Square Garden pizza crusts. The Nets’ fake overtures to Carmelo had their intended effect, causing the Knicks’ boob of an owner James Dolan to up the ante prior to the trade deadline in order to ensure he got his prize possession.
“I think we’ve made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks just to pay as much as they can. So I think it’s very good, it’s very interesting, it’s very competitive. As you know, my instinct was to stay away and I still think that is the right decision. [CNBC]“
Forcing a rival to pay more is good business, but ultimately you need assets yourself if you’re going to compete. Less than 48 hours later hour however, the Nets had done just that, securing Deron Williams for a similar package to what they’d offered Carmelo. And no one saw this move coming, as Williams’ name had stayed out of trade rumors.
— The Nets forced the Knicks to gut their team to add ‘Melo.
— They then traded the exact same package for a superior player.
— They won’t have to worry about extending D-Will until after the new CBA comes into place, potentially saving them millions of dollars compared to a Carmelo extension.
That’s some Don sh*t right there. It’s just one move, but if the Russian billionaire pulls a few more similar coups, the Brooklyn Nets may complete the biggest takeover of all: New York basketball.
Previously Posted — So, The Knicks Got Carmelo. Now What?