As a lot of us probably anticipated, the Carmelo Anthony trade saga has been torching sports headlines as of late, with the NBA’s February 24th trade deadline closing the gap in the rear view. Much of the chatter clearly surrounds the New Jersey Nets, a franchise willing to dismantle most of its team to acquire Melo along with Chauncey Billups and Detroit’s Rip Hamilton. Surprise, surprise, more trio action.
The theme has all but lost its originality.
The drama is quite serious at this point however, and if there’s anything true about the NBA, the league never fails to serve as everyone’s form of universal soap opera.
While it’s clear that Carmelo’s primary trade destination is and always has been the concrete jungle that houses Madison Square, oddly enough, he runs the risk of forfeiting millions upon millions, pending the new collective bargaining agreement.
That is of course, assuming the league and Players Association ever agree on terms.
The bottom line is, Melo has $65 million waiting for him in New Jersey. It’s take it or leave it at this point. We’ll see if the supposed move to Brooklyn, Anthony’s hometown, is enough to coax the three-time All-Star and obviously, $65 million never hurts.
Although, we’re not talking $65 million in Florida.
Amid all of this newswire chaos, I couldn’t help but think about a scenario that I screamed out in anger during the Lakers’ recent, now seemingly of the past, struggles. What I berated the TV with was,
“Trade Pau for Melo!”
All in good fun and frustration, of course. Think about it for a second though. What if some sort of trade package with Carmelo and Pau being the centerpieces of the deal came to fruition?
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