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Carmelo Anthony To The New York Knicks: Did He Handle His Departure In The Most Honourable Way?

After seven months of trade rumours that started in the summer, Carmelo Anthony finally got his wish yesterday and was traded to the New York Knicks. This is not the first act of Superstars taking matters into their own hands, as we saw Lebron James and Chris Bosh hold auction style bidding wars for their services last summer. The results of this Carmelo move are the same, a Superstar picked a city (NY) he wanted to play for and picked another Superstar (Amar’e) that he wanted to play with, but he went about it differently. Lebron James and Chris Bosh both played out their contracts with Toronto and Cleveland, technically doing their old team no injustice by exercising their legal right to sign a contract with another team when their agreement expired. But what Carmelo did was different. He and his people made it clear from before the season started that he wanted to leave Denver and go to NY, and due to the word being out, the tension being high, and the media being rampant around the team, the Nuggets have struggled with issues this season despite having a deep and talented roster. So, which method was more honourable when leaving the team that drafted them seven years ago? I will try to answer that below.

The deal that was finally agreed upon involves a ton of player movement which has Carmelo, along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman going to NYK, while Denver is adding Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov to their roster, plus some draft picks. This isn’t the only action going on around this trade, as there have been talks of side deals with Minnesota and New Jersey. Some of the above mentioned players may still move.

Regardless of the other moves that may happen in the reshaping of these two teams’ rosters, the important fact is that Denver received four starting players that can be infused into the line-up immediately , plus draft picks to help strengthen the team in the future. It is the best of both worlds as they can stay competitive while having building blocks for the future. This trade return for Carmelo did not come easy for Denver’s organization, players, and fans though. This season for the Nuggets has been soured by trade rumours and drama surrounding the eventual trade of Carmelo. With that in mind let’s compare that to the decisions that were made last summer.

Prior to the start of the 2009-2010 season Lebron James and Chris Bosh were in the exact same situation as Carmelo was this past summer. They had the opportunity to sign extensions with their teams, but they were interested in exercising their options at the end of the season. Instead of having a destination in mind at the time, they both kept quiet and played out the entire season while fighting off media inquiries as to where they will be playing next season. From media reports, it seems as if there was little communication between these two players and their respective teams as to what decisions they would make.

As we all know, Lebron and Bosh both chose to sign contracts with the Miami Heat. In doing so, both the Cavaliers and the Raptors were left with nothing in return (aside from some low round draft picks and trade exceptions which are so confusing I don’t want to know what they are). This season, with both teams losing their franchise players, they are struggling massively. Case-in-point, the Cavs at one point lost 48 of 50 games. What was the trade value of these two players last year? Wouldn’t the Cavs and Raptors both been able to get trade returns similar to what Denver got for Carmelo? It is expected that Lebron’s value was and is higher than Bosh’s, but still, there was value to be had.

What I am trying to argue is that, by Carmelo voicing his intentions to leave Denver in the summer before he was a free agent cost the Nuggets half a season of drama, where as Lebron and Bosh played out their contracts but have left their old teams with shambles of rosters and long, long rebuilding seasons ahead. Heck, even in this half season of drama the Nuggets have a 32-25 record! They are still poised to make the playoffs and now with the pieces they have received from the trade they can make roster strengthening moves in the off season. The Raptors and Cavs do not have anywhere near as appealing situations from the departure of their All-stars.

So, with that in consideration, didn’t Carmelo’s actions, which seemed sleazy and backstabbing at the time, actually help his old team in a way that is worth way more than doing the “honourable thing” like Lebron and Bosh did for their teams?

I am just trying to look at the long term here. I think the answer to this questions is going to be found by comparing how Denver’s fans will view Carmelo a few years down the road to how the Cavs fans are going to view Lebron after the same amount of time.

Check out Rosner13’s counter argument. To be posted soon!

  1. jason downey
    February 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I liked this one, and I think in Bosh’s case the argument holds very true. However i don’t believe anyone, including Colangelo, expected Bosh to stay. Not trading him was one of many confusing things Colangelo did last year (i won’t get in to signing Amir Johnson for 5 years/35M instead of Micheal Beasley at 2 years/11 M).
    But as for LeBron, even heading up to the decision noone was sure of his intentions. We all say now that they had this planned for 2 years and that borderling tampering could’ve been involved, etc.. But hindsight is 20/20.
    I still believe that had the Cavs been able to capture a title with James, that there’s a chance he could have stayed. Not to mention the way i felt when the Knicks signed Amare and i started having wet dreams about a Lebron/Amare pick and roll under the D’Antoni system.
    But i really think LeBron was unsure of his full intentions mid-season like Carmelo was. There was a lot more pulling him to New York.. All in all, it’s an interesting question and needless to say i’m excited to see how it all plays out.
    As for me, I need to rush off to my fantasy league and dump Raymond Felton while he may still hold some value..

  2. February 22, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    To rebuild you need to have a high draft pick.

    Cleveland and Toronto can rebuild. Denver will need to build through trades. They will most likely end up wit a mid first round pick.

    Denver loses here

  1. March 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

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