Raymond Felton and John Fox, together again.
Feel bad for Felton, the former Charlotte Bobcat whom the New York Knicks sent to the Denver Nuggets in the trade for Carmelo Anthony. Felton doesn't strike me as a guy who willingly flits from team to team. His preference, in fact, was to remain a Bobcat.
But the Knicks made an excellent move, trading Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round pick for Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
In trades, the team that acquires the most players almost never wins. The team that acquires the single best talent wins.
Anybody who follows the Bobcats knows this. The Bobcats had a chance to move up and acquire Chris Paul or Deron Williams in the 2005 NBA draft. But to do it they would have had to trade both their first-round picks. They chose quantity over quality.
They had Williams ranked in front of Paul on their draft board, incidentally. Watch the Knicks attempt to make a run at both of them.
I like Felton, especially in the Knicks run-run offense. But Billups is a better point guard.
Anthony isn't as good as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant. He can be petulant, shooting too much or too little, and defense rarely interests him.
But he is a talent. Anthony and New York's Amare Stoudamire will make a compelling frontcourt.
The NBA is better when the Knicks are interesting. Fans get caught up in the union of stars, as television ratings attest. Miami's collection of LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh has sent ratings soaring all season.
Sunday's all-star game drew its highest rating in eight years, since Michael Jordan last played.
Denver had to trade Anthony, who had no interest in staying after his contract expired.
But the Nuggets didn't add a single star. New York did.