First of all, Melo has no control over what DEN asks for in a trade. Second, I can't blame Melo for wanting to get a deal done prior to the CBA being expired. From what I read, everyone knew this lockout was going to get messy and a smart player would prefer his finances to be in place before an unfavorable new agreement is signed for the next 10 years.
Also, even though Melo's ultimate choice was NY, he made it known that he wanted an extension in the process. I don't understand why people are acting like they didn't know this. WE wanted him to wait until the summer. In all truth, we were f***ed by time. If the CBA expired in 2014 maybe Melo waits till the offseason like Paul is ready to do.
Yes we gave up a lot off assets, but lets not forget we traded for one of the best young players in the ENTIRE LEAGUE. Walsh couldn't have said no to DEN because if we lost Melo he would have been ridiculed harshly. Sure we could use a few of the players we traded but having Melo and Billups aint bad. Plus, if Shump turns out to be a stud and Jordan is decent then all is well with everyone.
On a side note: I really think its Walker's time to show how valuable he really is. Dantoni has limited him (to a purely outside threat) but he's really made in the same mold as a Jason Richardson.