Turns Out Carmelo Anthony Really Did Opt-Out This Summer For The Attention
There's a moment during MSG's documentary on Carmelo Anthony's 2014 offseason where the Knicks' forward, Leon Rose (his agent) and Bay Frazier (his manager) are sitting on a rooftop patio in Chicago discussing Melo's future.
"They'd have to trade Taj Gibson to give you the max," Rose says.
"With fucking Dallas, it'd have to be some crazy shit...It'd have to be a sign and trade to get the max," Frazier added.
At no point in this admittedly truncated sneak peek does anyone say anything about taking less money. Not once. That's because it simply wasn't in the cards, which leads us to believe either A) Melo's 2014 free agency foray was entirely about cashing in, or B) the Knicks refused to sign and trade him (which still makes it mostly about the money, regardless). Otherwise, as the clip below illustrates, he'd have landed on a contender like the Bulls.
His interest was real but his options were not. He knew it was either suffer through a rebuild for a katrillion dollars or suffer through championship expectations for slightly less than a katrillion dollars. But Melo knew he'd end up choosing whatever path lead him to the biggest paycheck, with "winning basketball games" being a pleasant aside if it could happen simultaneously. More pressure and a 84-foot yacht? Pfff, I'll take the season that ends in mid-April and the 100-footer, thank you very much.
The thing is, he had to have known what his options were before meeting with other NBA front offices, which raises some questions about what exactly his motive was for opting-out at the end of the 2013-14 season. Was he just looking to enjoy the attention while he could get it? Was he holding out that some team would kiss his ass so hard that it'd miraculously compel him to take less money? Or was he just looking for three free summer vacations to Chicago, Houston and Dallas?
Judging by the Knicks' 4-14 start, he wasn't looking for glory. That's for damn sure.
"Made in New York" premieres December 2, at 10:30 p.m. EST on the MSG Network.
[Via The Players Tribune]
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