It’s been a minute since we’ve had any news on the Carmelo Anthony front, largely because at this point, it’s Knicks or bust.
And it’s not so obvious anymore what the Knicks would want to barter away. Many have wondered why the team doesn’t simply wait until the offseason, when they can get away with highway robbery in a sign-and-trade, or maybe sign Melo as a free agent outright.
Well, a lot can happen between now and then. At this point last year, who was even dreaming that James, Wade, and Bosh would end up on the same team?
Most importantly, though, there’s the looming lockout. From the team’s standpoint, it would prefer to secure his services before all hell breaks loose, with Anthony entering the most surreal form of free agency limbo ever. As Melo made quite explicit last night in New Jersey, he’s also aware of this. But this isn’t just about the money for him; the destination has to one that gives him a shot at a title. From The Denver Post:
“The CBA is in the back of my mind, but as far as being a free agent to play this out, if that’s what it’s going to take, then so be it. I’m with that.”
“If I sit here and say I’m willing to lose 15 or 20 million dollars, I’d be lying to you. But at the same time, this has never been about money. In my career so far, I think I’ve made enough money. Now I’m focused on trying to win a championship. That’s the only thing that’s on my plate and on my mind right now.”
The man wants to make sure he gets paid. Never mind the importance getting a deal worked out with his “current” team and the financial incentives that brings. In the event of a lockout, there’s really no telling what the cap figure, or contract breakdowns, will look like. But if it really was just about the money, he could stay in Denver.
The Knicks offer an ideal fit because they have a chance of getting him the most money possible, before this summer. Pairing Melo with Amar’e Stoudemire does make them into an offensive beast to be reckoned with. Barring the invention of another super-team also involving Chris Paul, that duo probably wouldn’t win a championship. But the reason New York won’t go away is that, for once, something involving the Knicks isn’t a pipe dream, or otherwise delusional. It just plain makes sense.
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