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Carmelo Anthony is usually all about money but should strongly consider taking a discount this time. He has become the Darrelle Revis of the NBA. He’s a mercenary who seeks the most money instead of the best basketball destinations. If he wants to win a championship, he needs to take less money.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to part ways with Anthony. The Thunder currently have over $300 million payroll and Melo’s recent actions made it worse. He opted in on a $27.8 million option.
Anthony could have declined the option and became a free agent. Instead, Mercenary Melo knew that he would never see that kind of money again. As a result, he opted in and took his response to Instagram.
The move was clearly about money because he had a problem with the role he played and didn’t seem like a good fit. “There was no plan for me being here. Everything was thrown together and nothing was planned out.”
In 2014, Mercenary Melo took a huge contract instead of playing with a contender. He signed a five-year $124 million contract with the New York Knicks. The 2014 Knicks had a 17-65 record and was dead last in the division. They also averaged the lowest points per game and one of the worst defenses in the NBA.
At the time, he could have joined the Chicago Bulls who were one of the best teams in the East. Melo could have played alongside Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose, and Pau Gasol. Luol Deng was a solid player on that team as well.
Four years ago, he could have teamed up with James Harden and Dwight Howard. Fate is an interesting thing because he has yet another opportunity to join the Houston Rockets this summer. He could join Harden and Chris Paul to unseat the Golden State Warriors. Without Melo, Houston was one game away from going to the NBA Finals.
Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are among other teams expected to express interest in Anthony, sources tell ESPN. Carmelo could team up with LeBron James, the best player in the world. Stephen A. Smith makes a case for him to come to LA.
Carmelo Anthony has what could be his last chance to join a contender. He has been chasing money long enough. Mercenary Melo needs to step down. His next move should be strictly basketball.