|New York Knicks Forward Carmelo Anthony, but for|
This week, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony expressed his interest in becoming a free agent after this upcoming season, when he is able to opt out of the deal that he signed with the Knicks in 2010.
As odd as it may be, this will be the first time that Anthony will be a free agent in his NBA career, as he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the famous 2003 NBA Draft that produced LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, along with ‘Melo. Anthony was then traded to the Knicks, where he signed the extension when he arrived.
Earlier this summer, I did a post on what would happen if Carmelo and LeBron went to the Los Angeles Lakers and how that could happen. I can see it from the marketing aspect of Anthony’s career.
Even though Anthony has been one of the top players and clutch shooters in the league for his entire career, he has yet to win a big series or get a team to an NBA Finals, which in the case of many players, if you don’t win, you don’t get all of the big endorsements, even in New York City. Don’t get me wrong, Anthony has had his share, but not on the level of Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and other elite stars.
If Anthony does become a free agent, here are the main areas I could see him signing –
5) San Antonio Spurs
I know that when my boys see this, they will end up flipping out on this, but here me out. The Spurs’ window for winning a championship, as currently constructed, is closing. Ginobili, Parker and Duncan will most likely not be together after next season, and if one or two come back, there will be a void for a scorer. Anthony can go there, fit into Popovich’s system and give the Spurs that clutch scorer in the case that Ginobili isn’t on point and also take some of the pressure off of Danny Green.
4) Chicago Bulls
I love the idea of the Bulls signing Anthony for a variety of reasons, with the biggest being that they still don’t have a legit, big time scoring threat outside of maybe Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, who could be traded before the end of the season anyway. If the Bulls can swing a deal to maybe bring in Anthony to complement Rose and maybe Pau Gasol from the Lakers, the Bulls instantly become the best team in the East, hands down and will give any team, including Miami, complete hell every single night.
|LaLa Anthony, wife of Carmelo|
The Bulls will also instill a lot of defensive intensity into Carmelo, which has always been a knock on his game over the years. And yes, I know the LaLa Anthony factor will come into play, yes, she will be able to have all of her reality shows and endorsements in Chicago just as much as she would in New York.
3) Brooklyn Nets
As I mentioned above, wherever Anthony goes, LaLa will have some kind of say in the matter, and Brooklyn isn’t too far from New York City.
On a basketball note, the Nets are quickly working on rising up the NBA ladder as a legit championship contender. With the addition of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce this past offseason, and having Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, bringing Anthony in and maybe moving Pierce to the bench will make the Nets stronger and if Johnson isn’t knocking down the 3, Melo can light it up in a heartbeat.
Another factor that would work for the Nets would be that Jason Kidd is the head coach. Anthony and Kidd were teammates with the Knicks, so Kidd has good insight on how to coach up Anthony and most likely get the best out of Carmelo every night.
In terms of finances, Mikhail Prokhorov owns the team. Nuff said.
2) Los Angeles Lakers
Carmelo Anthony with the Los Angeles Lakers would be absolute gold on two conditions – LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are both there. I don’t know if Anthony can be the guy who is the lead all by himself in Hollywood, but if the new “Big 3” is put back together there, the Lakers instantly return to being a dominant franchise again in the NBA.
The team will have the money after next year to sign two max free agents and the Lakers have said that they want to go after LeBron and/or Carmelo if they have the opportunity. And with Kobe steering the ship, that has all of the makings of an NBA Championship and maybe stopping all of the bickering with Jim Buss, Jeanie Buss and other top people in the organization. Winning cures everything.
1) New York Knicks
The Knicks are putting together a great core of talent together that can be in position to win championships for years to come. I know most New Yorkers won’t see this, but if you take Carmelo, J.R. Smith, Tyson Chandler on defense, Metta World Peace bringing extra toughness, and all of the extra pieces around, the Knicks have depth, scoring ability and a sense of toughness that will go far in the East. And, who’s to say that Carmelo couldn’t recruit big stars to play in New York City instead of him leaving.
Carmelo is a hometown guy, LaLa is already big there and if he were able to bring a championship to New York City, he would be king there for years to come.
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