The landscape in the NBA might be on the verge of changing in a major way but in the end, nothing will change at all.
Carmelo Anthony is an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks. Since that time, Anthony has been on a coast-to-coast tour, beginning in Chicago, making a stop in Texas to visit with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, and finally making his way to Los Angeles to meet with the Lakers and also the Knicks who made the trek from New York to make one last pitch to Anthony.
Per NBA rules, the Knicks are the only team that have the ability to offer Anthony a maximum contract of five years worth $129 million. The other aforementioned teams are only allowed to offer $96 million over four seasons.
Despite the winning notion that Anthony is displaying during is cross-country extravaganza, in the end, I believe he will opted for the extra money at the risk of never winning a world championship. To some players, winning isn’t everything; Carmelo Anthony hasn’t done anything to disprove that notion in his professional career.
Anthony will resign with the Knicks and the “big three,”who all opted out of their contracts, will resign with the Miami Heat. LeBron James has publicly stated he wants a maximum contract, which he will receive from the Heat. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade both need James to be relative in the NBA at this stage of their careers.
Therefore, both players will opt for less money to stay with James, which will give them the best chance to continue winning championships.
In the end, the NBA could look very different next season depending on James and Anthony, and the decisions they ultimately make. However, I think their conclusions will provide nothing new or exciting for the league.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.