Heat mellow on ‘Melo

FT. WALTON BEACH, Fla.Dwyane Wade treated the topic like a hot stovetop, recoiling quickly, saying, “Oooh, I ain’t going there.”

LeBron James? He whistled, as in “wooooo,” as in “that’s a tough one.”

While three of the league’s most coveted free agents tucked securely and comfortably in Miami, their former Olympic teammate, who followed a different contractual path, remains in limbo in Denver. And just think, had Carmelo Anthony only listened to Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron back when …

Well, he didn’t. For reasons that he can’t even sufficiently explain, ‘Melo signed a 4-year deal while the others went for three. They had talked about going short-term on their next contract, and riding out free agency, and making their teams squirm, and shaking the foundation of the NBA at its core, and possibly even — get this — hooking up on the same team and collecting more rings combined than their idols. Three of them went one way, ‘Melo another.

They’re whooping it up right now, squealing like kids at summer camp. He’s grinning and bearing it in a Nuggets uniform, not quite sure where he’s headed.

So, the question is, will ‘Melo ever get his own Miami Heat situation?

An NBA general manager told me that ‘Melo will not agree to a contract extension with the Nuggets or any team, which essentially kills most if not all chances of Melo being traded. No GM in his right mind would trade for ‘Melo, give up assets, and then possibly lose him next summer to free agency. It’s not about money, since Melo will get the max from whatever team wants him. It’s about bringing ‘Melo to a potential championship team to make it all worthwhile. And Melo understands any team that trades for him will be weakened, perhaps considerably, by giving up assets in a trade. He might not like what that team looks like by next July.

So apparently, he’ll wait. Why sign up for four years with a team that’ll lose assets in any trade, and spend most of those four years in a rebuilding process? Instead, he can join the Nets next summer and have Derrick Favors as a teammate, rather than play with Brook Lopez and a roster of filler material.

But what about the labor agreement? Wouldn’t ‘Melo lose millions? Well, what’s a million or two to a player who has already made millions, and his next contract (and the one after that) will be worth millions more? No matter what the labor landscape will look like in the next labor deal, superstars will get paid. Superstars are exempt from any strife, when it comes to labor contracts.

You get the feeling ‘Melo wants a LeBron-Bosh-Wade situation for himself, or close enough, and he’s willing to be patient and allow it to happen. He had the chance to do that this past summer, had he followed the original plan, and he blew it. He doesn’t want to blow it again.

120 Comments

  1. if there any chance of L.A. gettin melo’ they would have to give up bynum artest and odom and does anybody here think that thats fair at this point odom and artest still have 3-5 years in this league and bynums only goin to get better

  2. fv109 says:

    I really believe Melo should just stay put and wait to see what Orlando is going to do… I think Orlando will push for Melo specially knowing Vince cant deliever as good as he has in the past, but they are waiting to see if he has anything in store, if Vince cant deliever I wouldnt doubt Melo will be in Orlando uniform.

  3. Brasichopper says:

    I can bet with anyone here that Melo is going to join Amare in NY.
    This deal is the only one which makes any sense for me. Because NY is a great city, Melo a great player, NY will have cap-space and a young team.
    If CP joinst them, too?! Perfect.

    Don’t forget: Melo is a young guy and young people often look what other young peoble do. So, he wouldn’t fall back signing with any “smaller” team like Bucks or Wizards. I’m not saying that it would not make sense!!! But i can not imagine Melo signing anywhere else than NYC. Maybe the Nets or Sixers…

  4. DaHeatisON says:

    @ otis people also say that Kobe quit against the Phoenix Suns.

  5. DaHeatisON says:

    @gbro3 At this point if Melo goes to L.A., I don’t think he would be playing in Kobe’s shadow, Kobe will have to take a back seat to Melo.

  6. DaHeatisON says:

    Melo, just come play with your best friends and let LeBron play the PF.

  7. jacknohara says:

    Well i don’t know why all this hype about Carmelo Anthony, he’s just a smaller Glenn Robinson… in his best year, he can take a team to the conference finals and that’s all. And he needed Billups to do that , same way Robinson needed Cassel, which means both needed players whith less hype than them to achieve something. Thinking Carmelo can really turn around a franchise or take a team all the way to the tittle, it’s just a crazy dream.

    I also don’t know why everybody is so upbeat about Amare Stoudamire, he just fed of Nash all those years . He doesn’t play any D, is a terrible rebounder for his size, what does he bring to the table, for real ??? I’m a Knick fan and I say that in Amare we’ve got the tipical free agent signing for NY , overpaid and with a bad knee. I tell you guys, amare is going to be untradable the same way Houston was, bad knee and bad contract. The knicks took 4 years to clean the Allan Houston mess , all to screw it again signing Stoudamire … In my opinion, we should have kept David Lee instead of signing Amare, he’s also a terrible defender and all, but i guess he’d be easier to trade in the future if things go wrong.

    Returning to the Carmelo Anthony topic, I think that someone who believes you can pair Stoudamire and Anthony and win a ring , is crazy. Those two together will make a team good enough to lose in the conference semis , and if you add CP to that, they might go a little further and loose in the conf. finals some season.

  8. HOTROD says:

    AHH AND BARNESS IS A NEW COMER SO THE LAKERS WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL DECEMBER TO DO THAT

  9. HOTROD says:

    CEFRI……. OK U WANT MELO IN THE LAKER UNIFORM, BUT ARTEST ( trouble maker ) not in LA cause the ZEN AND BYNUM ( always in the DL ) Denver wants fresh players FOR MELO THAT WILL A BAD TRADE FOR DENVER . THEY WILL HAVE TO ADD PROBABLY ODOM OR MATT BARNES. My BULLS SHOULD SEND DENG, GIBSON OMER ASIK 7 footer PLUS 2 PICKS CHARLOTTE AND BULLS PICKS NEXT YEAR ?

    IF THE TIME GOES ON, DENVER WILL RECEIVE LESS FOR MELO BEACAUSE THEY NEED TO TRADE HIM THEY DONT WANT TO BE LIKE CAVS AND RAPTORS. THEY DONT WANT MELO WALK AWY , BUT WALK AWY FOR NOTHING IS EVEN WORSE. ANY COMMENTS ???

    LETS GO BULLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. AL says:

    To Lak3rs 3peat:

    Wow you two knuckleheads found echother (Tenki is the other one if you didnt get it)
    Im actually not gonna rip you too hard but writing a paragraph about LBJ and that he is a coward for leaving and Cleveland doesnt care???? then in the next paragraph write this….

    “.And on that note, I think MELO should join STAT in NYC in next free agency, get CP3 there a year later (cuz LA going beat MIAMI in finals this season anyways) and then all that six, seven championships LBJ was talking going go out the window”

    Do you actually…..aww never mind, have another twinkie. Ever tried Sunny D and Rum……its yum yum yum !!

    • AL says:

      Sorry read that wrong, People outside of Cleveland didnt care that he left Cleveland (Not the Cavs fans, my bad) eeehhh You think all these people bashing Lebron are Cavs fans? How easy do you think it is to win a nba championship? Its not a videogame where you press simulate!

      • LEBRON SUCKS says:

        @AL KOBE makes it look that easy. Oh but i forgot, Lebron is no where near as good as KOBE is. So your right, its not easy for Lebron. Thats why he ran and joined another superstar to help him out.

  11. gbro3 says:

    I mean i dont know him on a personal level but you would think he would put himself in a position where he could still be the team leading scorer and to win a championship. Although he is close to Kobe i dont think he would want to play in his shadow. The best situation for him would be chicago or even orlando possibly the knicks if and only if they can get a chris paul type point guard there

  12. LAk3rs 3peat says:

    @ Tenki

    I agree wit u bruh, mabye that is the REAL reason LBJ left, because he got tired of having so much pressure on him for the success of a championship and he doesn’t wanna risk no rings over his home state loyalty. I don’t think people care that he left Cleveland, but that he left to be a member in a “three ring circus”. Bosh and Wade would had been a dynamic duo, a younger version of Kobe and Paul, and with good role players they would have been good enough to get a championship. LBJ going there upsets people because between him and Kobe he is and if not the best player in the NBA, and for the best player to wanna take a lesser role on a team that has two other allstars instead of trying to compete against them confuses people. I mean I won’t lie, his decision made me lose alot of respect for him, he is the face of the NBA the way the media portrays him so for him to run away from the challenge of earning a ring he took an easier route. That’s not the example you want to show to youth today, taking the easy way out of things, because when you work hard at it it means so much more to you.

    And on that note, I think MELO should join STAT in NYC in next free agency, get CP3 there a year later (cuz LA going beat MIAMI in finals this season anyways) and then all that six, seven championships LBJ was talking going go out the window. With Chicago now looking good and NYC with MELO CP3 STAT they would give MIAMI a good challenge for years to come, so that easy winning stuff gets put to rest!

  13. Red Army says:

    Josh sorry but your wrong. There were PLENTY of those stars/All-Stars/Superstars/Hall of Famers from past generations that were traded or went via free agency to their respective teams, so try again.

  14. AL says:

    Finally someone who makes sense, thank you!
    Why hasnt this been brought up before? Its obvious….Devin Harris, Jordan Farmar,Terrence Williams, Anthony Morrow, Travis Outlaw, Derrick Favors, Brook Lopez and “the little general” NOW ADD Carmelo Anthony!!! Nostradamus was right 2012 is gonna be a crazy revelation!
    Cant wait to see these guy gel and compete in the East playoffs for years to come!

  15. yagsky says:

    hw bout gasol,bynum,melo,kobe, and fisher ……its gonna be a total domination…

  16. roy7700 says:

    a lot of you guys bring up points that are interesting but the arguement that he does a 1 and done deal is not bad, for example washington trades arenas for melo, denver has a scorer to compensate for melos departure, melo leaves, next season washington will have freed up a ton of $ for fre agency and people would line up to play with wall. lets say atlanta trades joe johnson for melo, and melo plays the 2 or 3 while smith and horford grab boards, if you see melo play, he excelles in the open court and is a okay perimeter defender, we all know that he at best averages 8 rebounds a game, so for him to be 2 guard he would crush the league. if you really want to make it interesting send melo and smith for johnson and crawford and everyone is happy. melo would excell in this scenario and would probably resign. those are the best options available now.

  17. DIRK FAN says:

    Can ANYBODY tell me if this does not make sense?????

    Startin Line up: Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo, Shawn Marion,Butler & Kidd??? with an a good bench power from terry n Roddy B, Tyson Chandler n Haywood??? Tell me if this Dallas team is a not title contenders????

    • Josh says:

      Marion and Mello both play small forward who would be the center that team would not be a contender no bulk they would get pushed around like the Lakers did in the finals three years ago.

    • gbro3 says:

      That might be the worst all star starting lineup ive ever seen

    • AL says:

      Put Marion as 6th man and Chandler starting C and this team can win,
      MY QUESTION IS:::::::::HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET MELO???????????????????????I want 1 billion dollars, if i dream long and hard enough it will happen?

  18. Chris says:

    Melo Should Go To The Lakers Simple Kobe At SG AND Melo At sf

  19. abdul says:

    i think he should sign with the minnesota timberwolves

  20. cefri says:

    if i were melo, i would demand to be traded to the lakers. lakers might squeeze a trade, using artest and bynum, in exchange for nelo and nene. that would be a win-win trade for both clubs. plus melo would have a shot on a title w/ kobe, gasol, dfish and lamar as a core group. denver, in the meantime, would strengthen its lineup w/ artest and bynum backing up billups, jsmith and kmart.

  21. Beansbig says:

    First off being loyal to a team is BS, once a player is past their prime the team gets rid of them in a heartbeat. Melo is my favorite player and I also like Denver, but his time there has run its course. Melo will be a New York knick by July 8, 2011. Orlando is actually a better fit in my opinion, but there has been no indication that this is going to happen. Also the west is far more competitive than the east for the past 10 years +. The eight seed in the west would have been the 3rd or 4th seed in the east, think about it. The bulls were tripping in my opinion, Noah is a good player but he will never have the impact that a player of Melo’s caliber would have so in 3 to 5 years they will realize that they made a mistake in not pursuing that trade any further.

  22. HeatRock says:

    If anybody has read carmelo’s shortlist it has the heat on it, along with the knicks,nets and bulls. He won’t go to the bulls becuse of mj and they don’t want to trade noah. he won’t go to the nets they can’t get a deal done. he won’t go to the knicks it would cause him to much trouble.besides the heat have more players than just the miami thrice. this would be a good deal mario chalmers mike miller (becuse of the 5 m hit) udonis haslem dexter pittmen and d asean butler for melo.

    • Josh says:

      He is and will not go to the heat they CANNOT affored him CANNOT CANNOT. Forget about the heat he has not made a short list he said in an interview yeasterday he did not even ask for a trade he just wants to leave options open so he can go were he want and the heat will not be that team stop draming HEAT FANS YOU CANNOT AFFORD HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • LAk3rs 3peat says:

      @ Tenki

      I agree wit u bruh, mabye that is the REAL reason LBJ left, because he got tired of having so much pressure on him for the success of a championship and he doesn’t wanna risk no rings over his home state loyalty. I don’t think people care that he left Cleveland, but that he left to be a member in a “three ring circus”. Bosh and Wade would had been a dynamic duo, a younger version of Kobe and Paul, and with good role players they would have been good enough to get a championship. LBJ going there upsets people because between him and Kobe he is and if not the best player in the NBA, and for the best player to wanna take a lesser role on a team that has two other allstars instead of trying to compete against them confuses people. I mean I won’t lie, his decision made me lose alot of respect for him, he is the face of the NBA the way the media portrays him so for him to run away from the challenge of earning a ring he took an easier route. That’s not the example you want to show to youth today, taking the easy way out of things, because when you work hard at it it means so much more to you.

      And on that note, I think MELO should join STAT in NYC in next free agency, get CP3 there a year later (cuz LA going beat MIAMI in finals this season anyways) and then all that six, seven championships LBJ was talking going go out the window. With Chicago now looking good and NYC with MELO CP3 STAT they would give MIAMI a good challenge for years to come, so that easy winning stuff gets put to rest!

      • AL says:

        Wow you two knuckleheads found echother (Tenki is the other one if you didnt get it)
        Im actually not gonna rip you too hard but writing a paragraph about LBJ and that he is a coward for leaving and Cleveland doesnt care???? then in the next paragraph write this….

        “.And on that note, I think MELO should join STAT in NYC in next free agency, get CP3 there a year later (cuz LA going beat MIAMI in finals this season anyways) and then all that six, seven championships LBJ was talking going go out the window”

        Do you actually…..aww never mind, have another twinkie. Ever tried Sunny D and Rum……its yum yum yum !!

      • LEBRON SUCKS says:

        @AL Lebron is a coward! It is what it is, people should stop denying that.

    • LAKERS says:

      @HEATROCK. The heat was never on melos list, what the heck are you talking about? If i remember correctly it was the KNICKS NETS And the BULLS. Even if he did want to go to the heat, which he does not. The heat have no more money to offer anyone. The three stars the heat have is all they will get as far as stars go. The heat dont even have money for a decent bench.

  23. MJ THE GOAT says:

    Flipping hilarious!!! I said Melo would not go anywhere the moment this trade crap started, firstly not one team was in a position to trade for him and have any shot at being even a top seed in either conference. Also because of his deal with one year on it, every owner even the idiot in cleveland knows that he could jump ship if either he had a better offer elsewhere, or he thought the the current team was not going anywhere fast!!

    Truth is this the first time i have ever agreed with the idiot that wrote this article, he made a massive mistake by signing a 4 yr deal when he should have gone for 3 like WADE, BOSH n’ Lebron. Even if those had gone to MIAMI still he could have gone to the knicks with AMare, and you know the PAUL trade talk would be going bannanas, and the knicks would be trying their best to get to something done!!! Instead he is stuck in dever which has a better team than anyone else could offer him bar Miami obviously, cause the Celts, Lakers would not change a thing rite now!!!!

  24. Matt Dutton says:

    I think Melo has tried to be too clever staying that extra year.
    If Lebron, Wade and Bosh didn’t hook up together, it would have left Melo with a choice of teams to join with either Wade & Lebro; Bosh & Wade etc etc.

  25. marknesium says:

    sign with the clippers next season!

  26. Tenki says:

    @DC2:

    I suppose ‘Melo would choose his team because he wants to play for it. Anthony is a winner, and everybody loves to have a winner. It’s not his fault if he defects to other teams because he is unhappy in his current situation. No disrespect for Danny Granger, he’s one of my favorite players because of his work ethic, but what did the Pacers do to their roster to bring them back to the playoffs? Reggie Miller was the last Pacer to be happy in his situation, because he’s the hero of the team. But what did heroism brought him? 3-point field goals made all time? Didn’t he play for a championship?

    That’s the reason why LeBron went to Miami this offseason because he doesn’t want to share the same fate with Barkley, Miller, Ewing, etc. In fact, he should deserve some credit for acknowledging his weakness by joining Bosh and Wade in South Beach. He is more than willing to accept a lesser role for the sake of a championship.

    Maybe it came to a point for ‘Melo to realize that he is ‘LeBron’ material: he is a great and talented player, but he’s no leader. If Reggie Miller is at his prime today and ‘Melo joined the Pacers, would they be happy? I think so, because at least the two of them has some direction in their careers, and IT’S not going down. They have only one direction: up towards success. Do you agree with me?

  27. DC2 says:

    Oh and u forgot Martin whos as brittle as bob sanders

  28. DC2 says:

    Yeah a one year wonder in Brooks who scores, not pass. Yao whos good for around 40-50 games on the injured list. Then Sciola is an average player at best. Solid team but no where near dominate. Heat, lakers, celtics, would DOMINATE them lol

  29. DC2 says:

    Wow everyone has there own thoughts on where he should go. He was drafted by Denver and he should stay there. I have no respect for players that leave a team just to leave. Im a pacers fan and would love to see him sign with us but id have greater respect for him if he stayed with the team that drafted him instead of tucking his tail between his legs and running to som1 elses team to win like Lebron did. Lebron has no respect for the game or the team that gave him his start in the league and not to mention his home state. Hes a coward and i hope that Melo doesnt follow in his footsteps. People throw out these crazy ideas of where he should sign and everything without knowing what there talking about. Only teams with CAP room can sign him. New York will have cap but may not be enough to satisfy his demands. Orlando cant afford him. New Jersey and Indiana have what it takes. Most other teams would have to be sign and trades to get em. Thunder would have the money to get em but they need a big not another scorer. They got Durant. they dont need Melo

    • otis says:

      I think Melo’s case for leaving is more about a lack of good GM skills the nuggets have made one big move since Melo has been there and that was acquiring Iverson the best move they made in my opinion and then they went back on it by trading him away which I still think was dumb. Since then no real player movement and they are good at player developement look at JR Smith, Klieza, Hodge, Hunter. No player trades for any team improvement. No drive to get any of the many free agents this year. Mismanagement is why I think he is leaving the nuggets missed their oppurtunity to make some noise in the west they are going to fall down to a middle of the road contender. they could’ve got A.I back to play pg or sg with ample minutes of the bench and heart which they don’t have except for Melo, George Karl, and Anderson.

      • raven says:

        No one else with heart??? Um !!!!!BILLUPS!!!!! Yeah the guy who was on the 2004 PISTONS CHAMPIONSHIP team, that were underdogs who beat the Kobe, Shaq Lakers. Who recently represented USA and took gold. Yeah BILLUPS GOT HEART.

    • Josh says:

      Orlando will have cap space with Carters contract coming off the books and they also can trade some other players for smaller contract and they can go over the cap.

  30. Panda Rocket says:

    Melo should hit up the rockets, talk about dominance, with Yao back this year, along with Luis Sciola and the most improved point guard Aaron Brookes Houston would dominate the west along with the lakers and destroy the stacked Heat. And as houston has the cap room and players to trade, a trade n sign is possible. Yoa-Melo-Brookes-Sciola. Domination !!!

    • AL says:

      WOW! Ok here we go, please read after me Yao, Melo, Brooks and Scola not Yoa (got Melo right;) Brookes and Sciola……. Not gonna happen!

  31. Jay says:

    I say melo will end up in milwaukee, reson being is because they have a solid coach that has respect from players and a winner (Beat the heat in the first round when the heat where defending there championship). As well have a future all-star center in andrew bogut and a franchise point guard in branden jennings. They have peices to trade for him like salmons,redd and delfino. What do you guys think?

  32. jay says:

    melo should come to the bulls he would fit good with them

  33. Chuck Bobby says:

    Melo should wait and seek a contract with Orlando. He should recruit Paul and Okafor or Fesenko to Orlando with him and they would be better than Miami. This comes from a Melo fan, I could care less about Orlando, I want Melo to have a great career. The only problem is Orlando needs to find some way to rid themselves of Rashard Lewis’ contract and Vince Carter’s contract.

    • Josh says:

      Carter is a free agent at end of year Lewis on the other hand well i think he has three years left. But i like your Idea but they don’t need a Center in Orlando they have two one great and one good one already they just need Mello and CP3

    • AL says:

      Fesenko plays for the Jazz right…..???????
      They have 3 Centers, drafted a 19 year old rookie thats a potential beast from Kentucky named Daniel Orton!
      Vince isnt getting resigned!

  34. J. Memo says:

    I can see Anthony with the Number 15 on the back of Knicks Jersey already.

    I honestly Feel Melo, should Do what Lebron, Wade and Bosh did.

    Go Play somewhere you will be happy at, benefit your career at,and have you and your family benefit from.

    Those are major things that matter, if your going to spend basically the prime of your career at before you become a Vet..

    I think New York Is Great Place For Him to Land In.

    He would be playing for his Hometown which would Give him great motivation, The place where his Wife spends most of her time, The State that he won his NCAA Chamipship at and fill up some seats in Madison Square Garden. It will mean more to him if he ends up in NY and win there.

    With Amare behind Him , Felton developing, and maybe even bring Billups with him or Parker Joins.. They can do something in the East.

  35. Melo is definitely going to sign with the Knicks this offseason soo YESSSSSS THANK U JESUS ..Then Cp3 will come then move raymond felton to backup point guard then we have championships in NY

  36. I Smell championships in NY says:

    Well Melo is definitely going to sign with the Knicks in the offseason soo YESSSSSS THANK U JESUS..Then Cp3 will come then move raymond felton to backup point guard then we have championships in NY

  37. Kurt says:

    The psychological impact of this year’s free agent bonanza really runs deep doesn’t it? Now everyone thinks the LeBron-Bosh-Wade deal is the standard (and do it without going overboard with luxury tax), not the exception. Now, every player would be hesitant to sign or get traded to a team unless there are 2 other tier-1 superstar already there or wiling to go there (Amare-Melo-Paul in NYC?). Now every GM who is able to get only 1 major superstar still gets scrutinized for not being able to bring in 2 or more. Now, agents and power brokers control the league as they can make exceptional deals like the Miami 3:16 (Wade:Bosh Lebron’s number, prophetic isn’t it?) happen wherever they see fit (kind of like “the fraternity” in the movie “Wanted”, with Wild-Wild-Wes as Sloan).

    It’s also fascinating when the CBA’s salary range for max contracts is being ignored when the league’s top players “sacrifice” max money for the chance to “win championships.” We can either view that as a noble deed and an indication that players want to win OR the league’s top players wanting longer careers (and get more money long term) by not being banged up too much – sharing the bang with 2 other superstars.

    I don’t know but it’s just too much politics for such a beautiful game. What happened to just keeping the game simple? i.e. developing your young players, signing them up when they become free agents, keep developing them, improving your offensive and defensive sets, try to win a championship and keep trying until you do. I miss the good ol’ days=)

    Oh yeah, there’s still that one team that considers the game more important than the politics – the OKC Thunder. Maybe more GMs and players should take a look at how they handle their players. That way, we won’t have all these “Melo-to-the-Nets/Knicks/Bulls/Bobcats/Warriors/Whichever team can win, has cap space to sign more superstars, has assets to trade, Wild-Wild-Wes approved” shenanigans.

    • Red Army says:

      You said “Now everyone thinks the LeBron-Bosh-Wade deal is the standard (and do it without going overboard with luxury tax), not the exception”? I have said over and over again to so many people that you should brush up on your NBA History. These exact kinds of teams WERE the standard and definitely NOT the exception before different eras of league expansion diluted talent for the last time back in late 80’s and early to mid 90’s. You are either too young to remember or have short memories like most people. If we go revisit the 80’s besides the Lakers and Celtics, you had at LEAST Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Houston, Denver, Golden State (I KNOW some of you had to have at least HEARD of Run TMC) that seen 2 to 3 Stars/All-Stars/Superstars/Hall of Famers on the same team. There were ridiculously great battles of great teams back then, and its too bad that most of you are too young to have witnessed any of it.

      This is why its completely bizarre and ridiculous everybody thats hatin the Heat sayin Lebrons a traitor or running to Dwade or cant win it all by himself. Gee tell me WHO ever has won it by themselves with only 1, and I mean only 1, bonafide star or superstar? Noone thats who. ALL these players are doing is simply following a pattern set the generation or 2 before them, nothing else. They know their history unlike most of the younger generation who just live in the “here and now”. They KNOW that it took at LEAST 2 (super)stars and in the Lakers and Celtics case specifically 3 or 4 Hall of Famers on EACH team to win as many rings as they did.

      If you’re a true passionate fan of the game of basketball, you wouldn’t be a hater. You’d RESPECT what those 3 are tryin to do. You’d respect the CHALLENGE that they have taken upon themselves to live up to and equal or surpass their idols and generations before them. THEN, even IF you’re a fan of the Heat and all 3 of those guys like I am, you would WANT other “Superteams” built like Melo CP3 and Stat in NYC among many other possibilities. You would WANT them to be challenged, and simply see great teams in their PRIME go to battle. If YOUR “Superteam” can beat the other “Superteams”, don’t you think that will only help your teams case of being TRULY dominant in their respective era? AHHH, YEP.

      Yes. They. Did.

      MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT

      • Josh says:

        I agree people dont realize the Celtics had seven Hall of famers on that team in the Seventies and the Lakers had Bob mcadoo coming off the bench the teams where great and full of good players the thing your missing out on is the fact that the leaders of those teams where drafted by them and the other greats where usually All stars at one point and where on the last part of their career wanted to win and went to those franchises that were winning. As far as Run T.M.C they were all drafted by Golden state. The older stars went to the young stars and made great role players. Not the young stars stacking a team.

      • AL says:

        Josh has a point about Tim, Mitch and Chris (My favorite drafted running team was triple J in Dallas…Jason Kidd, Jimmy Jackson and Jamal Mashburn) but I still say….
        “Amen to that brother Red”
        Im happy its like this cause i like to root for the underdog ;) 2011 is gonna be a very interesting basketball year.
        Be safe

  38. matt says:

    Melo, find ur way 2 boston some how, we already have a dirty young PG in Rondo, and a defencive force in the paint in perkins. Lets face the facts, the truth, Ray, nd KG r all in the twilight of their careers, and adding shaq nd Jermaine only made us an older team. Soon well be in need of some new faces. W/ melo wed have the building blocks 4 another winner. An all-star pg, a defencive center, a top 5 scorer, and a deep bench (shrek nd donkey) Just add a shooter and another decent forward nd were contenders again.

  39. bigmike902 says:

    melos gonna tough this season out and sign with knicks in off season,. look for cp3 to land in NY the year after unless they can trade for paul. bank on it

  40. ryan duncan says:

    melo on san antonio spurs….ds is the ryt destination …tim duncan ,melo , manu, parker… Sn antonio is one of the power house team….

  41. Tenki says:

    It’s very unlikely for ‘Melo to join Wade and company because of the salary cap, unless Miami is willing to tinker with it. They do not need Anthony over there, because that team is already stacked. It would be a great idea for them to play in just one team in the NBA, but it is only possible in a fantasy draft. Imagine if ‘Melo would join his batchmates, Bosh can play center, LeBron at power forward, ‘Melo at small forward, they won’t play defense and win games. Did I mention Wade?

    I made up a wishlist of where ‘Melo can play and STILL have what it takes to be title contenders:

    1. Dallas – Nowitzki is more than willing to ease the pressure off his shoulders and have a superstar behind his back, not a monkey.

    2. San Antonio – Pop can forgive his horrible defense and let him play through. Besides, Duncan is still a force in the paint.

    3. Chicago – if they can pull off this deal without sending Noah to Denver, they can question Miami’s impending reighn in the East.

    4. OKC – their own version of the Big Three with Westbrook and Durant. Besides, Durant is a great player who can create his own shots and spread the wealth as well.

    5. Phoenix – is Steve Nash at the twilight of his career? If so, he would REALLY want to use some help now.

    • Terron Hill says:

      OKC wouldn’t work because Melo and Durant “BOTH” play small forward. So who would start?

    • AL says:

      None of your ideas make any sense, cap space? trade who? Why not say eehhee doohh trade him to L.A or Orlando or Boston since its all fictional and not possible! Why not say ….hey get Dwight Howard from Orlando to the nuggets for K mart and Harrington? LOL
      He wants to play in New York or Brooklyn and he will!
      Chris paul is going to Orlando next summer!

  42. gbro3 says:

    Melo controls his on fate. if he doesnt want to sign a 3yr extension he wont making him a free agent no matter wat next year. and who would trade for him without him signing a extension. who would give up a lot for just one yr. he will prolly be in chicago where he would lead the team in scoring form a big 4 with MELO,ROSE,BOOZER,NOAH. far as him being a bum he a top 5 performer in the NBA he consistently lead his team to the playoff every year in a tough western conference when sometimes 50 wins are not enough to make the playoffs. not takin nothin frm lebron or wade but they both r in the east where a losin record can make the playoffs which would make gettin to finals much easier. Lakers had to fight hard every series to get to the finals. East as an whole doesnt compare to the West as an whole

    • Terron Hill says:

      Yeah ok, if you say so. The East has been “WAY STRONGER” than the west the last three years. The Lakers didn’t really even play anyone this year to win the Championship. If they would have played either the Bulls, Cavs, Magic, or Celtics during the playoffs then they wouldn’t have won the championship. They didn’t even beat Cleveland during the regular season even once because Lebron owned their asses. The Lakers are good, don’t get me wrong but they are just the best in they’re conference. They would have a much tougher time in a much more tougher East, ESPECIALLY NOW, lol!!!!

      • Jumpman13131 says:

        LOL you sir are an idiot
        Everybody knows that The WEST has always been better except of course in the 90s
        And the Lakers have beaten The Magic in the Finals last year and have beaten the Celtics in the Finals this year.
        and as far as for the cavs beating the lakers in the regular seaon… The regular season Means nothing.. The Celtics proved that. BTW didnt they beat the Cavs and the Magic before falling to the lakers? Yea

      • Zzanzabar says:

        Again here is someone confusing the top FOUR teams in the Eastern Conference with the ‘strength’ of the Conference. It is possible for a .500 team in the EAST to make it to the playoffs for christ sakes. Shawn Powell said it best when discussing Miami’s chance of a great record:

        “…this team (Miami) will not start 12-6 or 20-13 or whatever counts for disastrous. Not in the Eastern Conference, where every other Tuesday and Friday brings a Twinkie to town.”

        That sums of the Eastern Conference in one or two sentences. Yes the top four teams are formidable , but the bottom 4 are bottom feeders.

      • Josh says:

        Dude pay attention the West is way harder then the East has been for years the eighth seed in the West had fifty wins the fifth thru eight barely had over five hundred smart guy oh and by the way the Lakers did play the Celtics in the finals remember. They also players the Magic the year before that and crushed them when they had a better team. Pay attention

      • LAKERS says:

        @Terron Hill. Who do you think the LAKERS beat in a game 7 this past year in the playoffs dumb ass!!

  43. six6heat says:

    melo, join the magic next year and cp3 will follow u the following year…

  44. HeatRock says:

    He will go to the Heat. The aren’t getting involved in the trade talk because there already in the spotlight. For anyone who follows baseball think of what happened to mark teixeira in free agency or hedo turkoglu. everybody thought they were goin to a certain team (and almost did) (nets) and then went to some random team (heat).

    • alpaca g says:

      what type of contract will the heat sign him

      • LAKERS says:

        Yea what could the heat offer Melo, $20 bucks a game. The heat already have three hundred million on their pay roll, they cant afford Melo. They can barley afford a bench.

    • Josh says:

      The Heat cannot afford him and their is only one basketball not going to happen bro. The heat are what their are with a few fill ins each year. No more big names.

  45. Joe says:

    i agree totally with this article, except where it tells him to sign with the Nets and play with Favors and Lopez. Why do that when you can sign to play with amare, felton and gallo. The knicks are his choice and thats that.

    • Josh says:

      Lets be real you are probably one of the guys that thought Lebron would be their right now. Why does he have to go to the knicks he could go to the nets and have CP3 join the next year or go to Orlando and CP3 come their. And not to mention he could go to the Bulls and have CP3 go their move rose to the two he is also a big time scorer and have a legit point one who is pass first he has lots of options.

    • AL says:

      Dont sleep on Anthony Randolph, Toney Douglas or Wilson Chandler one of these guys are gonna have a breakout season because of the double team Amare demands!

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  48. FEEL-DA-HEAT says:

    MELO IS STUCK IF HE WANTS TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP HE BETETR MOVE TO ORLANDO . NEW YORK WILL BE OKAY TO GO CUZ THERE WILL BE A TEAM THAT’S ON THERE WAYS UP IF MELO JOINS. OTHER THEN THOSE 2 TEAMS HE’LL HAVE A TOUGH TIME WINNING IF HE JOINS ANOTHER TEAM.

  49. justin says:

    i think melo and chris paul should both try to go to orlando chris paul melo and dewight howard that would be a pretty good match up for miami

  50. Mack says:

    If the NBA continues like this without the league doing anything, there are gonna be tfive stacked teams and 20 terrible teams every season. And it will always be the Celtics, Lakers, Bulls, one of the Florida teams, and Dallas. Stern needs to squash this idea of super teams before it gets out of hand.

    • Zzanzabar says:

      What can they do? Forbid players from talking to each other? No allow them to meet together at all? Wear tape recorders around their necks when they do get together? This is AMERICA buddy. Athletes have rights too.

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  53. Jay says:

    Melo is a bum. whereever he goes he still wont win a title unless he goes to a team where he is the number 2 guy. Like OKC or Chicago or someplace like that. The difference between Lebron/Wade and Melo is Lebron has been to the finals as the #1 guy and Wade has won in the finals as the #1 guy, Melo has yet to get there so him teaming up with anyone other than say Orlando or Boston will be the same as him staying in Denver.

    • Preston says:

      hey dumb*** melo was the number one man in the finals to kobe 2 years ago get your facts straight just cause lebrons too big of wimp to do it with own team and come to wades team in miami and bosh is a #2 man

      • dan says:

        Thats the western conference finals moron he clearly meant the NBA finals which Wade obviously won and Lebron took his cavs to the finals and lost to San Antonio a few years back, so before u insult someone at least have an idea over what the guys sayin

      • Terron Hill says:

        It was the western conference finals and not “THE FINALS” Get your facts straight bro, lol!

      • AL says:

        There are more then 10 hall of famers that would go under the BUM category you talk about, Lebron was smart, that organisation wasnt going anywhere!

    • otis says:

      LOL Lebron didn’t have a 50 win season in the western conference Melo has been in the playoffs more years than Lebron. Melo has never quit on his team, Cleveland didn’t have to play the lakers to get to the finals. Lebron had a better team. LOL Lebron quit to play sidekick to D-Wade. how do you go from Superman to robin in one season give up to boston and then run to the flash’s house next season.That’s how LOL

    • Josh says:

      Lol that’s funny you say that because Lebron never had to go against the Lakers spurs and Mavericks the east where Lebron and Wade play is allot easier to get Thu then the West and has been for along time.

  54. heat fan says:

    nobody wants 2 play n MJ’s shadow unless ther drafted by chicago. melo should go 2 NEW YORK , NEW JERSEY , OR NEW ORLEANS where he would be happy. loul deng apart of a big 3 lol thats very funny.

  55. Dre King says:

    carmelo should go to chicago it would be a good look for him

  56. Dre King says:

    i think that carmelo anothony should go to the bulls. he can have a big three himself with him derrick rose, & loul deng. I strongly suggest he go there

    • baller409 says:

      Luol Deng is good, but if Melo’ goes to Chicago he won’t be anywhere near inside a “Big Three”

    • edboswell says:

      Deng and Carmelo play the same position, the big three would be rose boozer and anthony… GOOD IDEA

      • martin says:

        Agreed. I think the Bulls would be wise to trade Deng, Gibson, Noah and a 1st to the Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. I truly belive the Bulls could get a serviceable Center to come in and fill the void. Do you remember the Centers who played with Jordan and Pippen? No one else does either.

      • aussieballa says:

        Bill Cartwright And Luc Longley

      • Josh says:

        And Bill winington. People remember the centers that played with the bulls that team had alot of good players remember Longley Ave twenty points a gam for a couple of years before he was abull Jordan the great player he was just made everyone else look ok.

    • Josh says:

      Dang or boozer neither are good boozer cant block shots and dang is always hurt or he would be a stud. Zack randolph and Boozer are the same player a double double does not help win if they can not block shot or make players miss shots how many more rebounds could they have if they could do that. Their teams never win past just making playoffs. And the bulls would be a great fit for mello Chris paul could sign their just as easy as he could with the knick move rosr to the two guar and mello at small noah center Bozzer at center they would have a big three and be way deeper then the heat. James is acting as if no team will counter what they just did. They have three guys no bench and an old on at that the Lakers should be the favored on paper they are better then the heat and two time champs.

  57. Gary says:

    The only thing Melo should worry about is if the Nuggets refuse to loose him( through free agency) and get nothing in return. If a team will take him on a one year rental( thinking they are one piece away for this year) Denver will trade him and not end up like Cleveland and Toronto. That team could also pursuade him to stay if he likes where he is. I just don’t see Denver allowing him to become a free agent. If LeBron/Wade/Bosh showed this offseason that players can have some control you better believe owners saw what happen to them other owners and will take a diffrent approach as well as having control.

    • zzanzabar says:

      Yeah, but who would be foolish enough to risk their job by trading long term talent for a possible short term gain (one year). Both New Jersey and the Knicks will be waiting with fat wallets and pieces in place for Carmelo to choose. No, unless Carmelo agrees to a ‘sign-n-trade’ deal then ALL trades are most likely squashed.

      • Gary says:

        If there were to be a team that takes him for one year I’d say Dallas, Suns, Rockets, Pistons, Spurs. Denver is actively shopping him around. If he don’t agree to sign -n-trade then Denver may just trade. I got a feeling they will not let him go in free agency no matter what.

      • Imad Akel says:

        exactly. its sign and trade OR wait and sign…
        either way melo’s got some good pro years left he can use this one to just pump stats and show how valuable he is for next year. I actually think it’s genius.
        With lebron and wade on one team, melo doesn’t have so many contenders for the scoring title (kevin durant, kobe bryant, and ?)
        This year will look good for him comparing individual player stats even if his team doesnt go far…
        And next year, i think knicks…amare nd melo would do dammage since they are both good scorers, unselfish players, and most importantly BIG. Add an average center with melo and stoudamire and you got one mean backcourt…

      • Sam says:

        There is no doubt that ‘Melo goes to NY, it is only one year that he has to wait before CP3 joins him. Becasue if he joins any other team in the league that is feasible (not Lakers, or Orlando), there is no way that team gets past the heat anyway, the only way teams beat the heat is with great guard play to mess with Chalmers (Chris Paul) and a dominant big man inside to score (Stoudamire), This will fulfill ‘Melo’s desire to win a ring, and play in a large market

    • martin says:

      The NBA needs the “Franchise” label on one or two players per team like other sports. Why should the players or employees be able to dictate the terms of business… It’s ridiculous.

      • otis says:

        The knicks is the best destination for the chance of getting a ring for melo. Gallinari stoudemire melo felton and anybody at the 2 spot why not

      • AL says:

        If you look at other businesses except sports, the employes get to choose where they want to work, right?

  58. zzanzabar says:

    This is the smart thing to do yet you’d be surprised at the number of people who believe that an individual should NOT have the right to determine his own future. At the end of this year the player landscape in the NBA will be much more defined and Melo (as well as Denver) can see what is available. Trades would have been made, teams would have settled out and organizations will have pooled their resources, THAT is the time to make a decision about one’s future in the NBA. More importantly Melo would get a chance to talk to perspective teammates (something that GM’s cannot do) just to feel them out.

    As was said, why join a team that had to deplete itself just to sign you, when the same team can make an offer WITH their assets intact (New Jersey keeping Favors for instance)? Who knows maybe Denver can actually make it to the Western Conference Finals and show that they still have what it takes for other players to sign on and join Carmelo.

    • martin says:

      The Nuggets would obviously do better to trade Melo and get picks and players but if Melo, Martin and smith do not re-up with the Nuggets that will free up in the neighborhood of $39 million next year… that ain’t chicken feed to go after free agents with.

    • JWY of Singapore says:

      CARMELO ANTHONY, IF U WANT A RING, TEAM UP WITH DWIGHT HOWARD…
      YOU NEED EACH OTHER, THERE IS NO OTHER WAY….
      ORLANDO TRADE AWAY BRANDON BASS, MICHAEL PIETRUS, MARCIN GORTAT or even RASHARD LEWIS
      DEFINITELY A CHANCE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP RING……