A show of hands, Laker Nation: Who would like to see Carmelo Anthony in a Lakers uniform next season?
According to Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops.com, Carmelo Anthony will either play in New York for the Knicks or Los Angeles for the Lakers.
Ultimately, Anthony will most likely choose between the Knicks and Lakers.
A disappointing season thus far for the Knicks has Anthony mulling his options between two similarly popular, yet very different franchises. The Knicks haven’t won an NBA title since Walt Frazier and his mutton chops were running NYC during the 1972-73 season. The Lakers, on the other hand, are the epitome of a top-tier franchise and they have the hardware to back it up.
From that perspective, the choice seems to be an easy one for Anthony. He would, though, have to leave an extra $30 million guaranteed from the Knicks on the table if he chooses to sign with the Lakers.
“Should Anthony decide money won’t buy happiness this time around, the Los Angeles Lakers represent his best option to join a team with a proven winning track record, the ability to pay him adequately and a fellow star in Kobe Bryant.”
Scotto also brings up an interesting point in regards to Anthony and his fellow 2003 NBA Draft classmates:
“Unlike fellow draft classmates LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Anthony was the only member of that group to sign a five-year maximum extension, with a fourth-year option, for more guaranteed money.”
James, Wade and Bosh took less money to go to a wining organization and become legitimate contenders.
Will Anthony do the same?