Have you ever wondered what the NBA would look like if it were a Coen Brothers movie? Well, apparently all we needed was Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James hitting free agency at the same time. Oh, that and a ton of big market/profitable teams with ample/prospective cap space. Marc Berman of NY Post reports:
According to a friend of Anthony’s, Melo has held out faint hope Knicks president Phil Jackson can pull a miracle and clear out the necessary salary-cap space to get it done, but he is running out of time. Anthony’s decision could come in the next couple of days.
Add Knicks to the list of teams associated with LBJ. So how likely is this deal? Very unlikely:
It would require Jackson to ship out Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani’s expiring contracts, and for Anthony and James to take less than the max. Iman Shumpert might have to be dealt, and the rights to Jeremy Tyler renounced.
One report said Jackson conceivably can move $40 million under the cap with a flurry of moves — as long as he doesn’t take back salary.
Yeah, that's happening.
So why is this report around even? Because we are watching an absurd off-season, where every actor is delicately connected to each other yet in weird ways. If LBJ stays in Miami, then every team is going to go after Melo and possibly Love. If LBJ changes team, even the so-called Basketball Gods will be like "I don't know what we are doing anymore." There are too many big players, the Rockets, the Lakers, the Bulls, just waiting to hear the words that will come out of one man's lips. Oh, and there are the incompetent Cavaliers who could do anything at any time with their picks and aforementioned incompetency.
You know what I'm afraid of though? After all this frenzy, LeBron will stay in Miami, Melo in NYC and Love in Minnesota, and we'll remain on our seats asking ourselves what the hell just happened.
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