In Billups we have a championship quality veteran and in Balkman we get a defensive center that we needed so badly. I like the guys we gave up but we are instantly a better team going into the playoffs.
Billups, Melo and STAT running a high ...post pick'n'roll will give teams fits. We got better in rebounding, defense, scoring, play making, AND we kept this years best draft pick Landry Fields (a shane battier type of hustle guy).
Best of all we stay flexible enough to sign Chris Paul or Deron Williams next year (i'm guessing CP3).