Just saw this on espn, too.
Well. It's pretty much the exact trade I predated DEN would be bent over into accepting months ago.
It's a sweet spot where we get him right away; to make a run this yr, satisfy impatience, and not let any oddball stuff derail our signing him after the season.
And it's enough for DEN to soothe their ego and emotions and not let the likely apocalypse happen of him simply walking.
Melo, of course, played this to perfection. So did Walsh. Though, DEN has been ****ed all along, really, and was never in a position of true power. Only we were, really; and it's bc Melo is on our side, that DEN got left in the dust (despite Melo, like DEN, being the parties that had something to lose).