From our starting lineup, we actually improve. I've said all season I don't care much for depth if it means we improve the starting 5. Felton is better than Billups, no doubt, but Billups isn't a scrub. Plus Melo is infinitely better than Gallo.
Plus Billups contract expires in 2012. So what's the problem? We keep Fields, We still have Mozgov which is good, bc we can use him and Turiaf in a rotation at Center while keepng Stat healthy in the PF position, we won't have that small lineup with Gallo at PF which realistically, is a terrible lineup bc it's just way too small.
I don't see what the problem is. We're losing role players for a star player. It's a no brainer to me.
You'll look back at this trade in 2 years and thank the basketball gods that it went down (if it goes down).