According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh is none too pleased with what the team gave up to acquire Carmelo Anthony. While Amar'e Stoudemire now has another scoring partner, the Knicks did give up three starting-quality players in Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and WIlson Chandler.
If Walsh believed the Knicks were giving up too much for 'Melo, why did this trade happen? Wojnarowski tweets:
Walsh believed the Knicks could adhere to those principles [link], and still get 'Melo. All that went out the window, with Isiah/CAA pushing Dolan.
Ah, yes. Isiah Thomas, great NBA Player but also an NBA executive of questionable skill. Thomas, in a previous stint in the Knicks management, made his first big splash by acquiring Stephon Marbury.
Does this turn of events leave Walsh in a precarious position with the Knicks going forward? On the other side of things, Masai Ujiri comes out pretty good in all of this, playing hardball to get the Knicks to cave in on the particulars.