Pretty much all of these stories have been beaten to death by the fine folks over at ESPN; The Summer of Lebron, the Trade demands of Chris Paul and the rumblings of Carmelo Anthony. But why bring it up again? Because in hindsight we can see just what might happen over the next season to these two superstars.
Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony both have been sitting at home the past two seasons either watching Kobe win another ring, or watching Lebron flirt with just about every major city in America as he dramatizes the whole free-agent process then taking his talents to South Beach.
Putting ourselves in these two basketball players minds one can understand their point of view. Both play on teams that haven’t been to the Finals, both have had massive front-office turnover with two new GM’s, both have ownerships that have been shaky at best and both seem to individually be underrated by the masses around the league in comparison to the likes of Kobe, Lebron and Wade.
Carmelo’s problems are indeed related to Chris Paul’s and so to by extension are the cities of Denver and New Orleans. The same team that beat the Hornets by 58 points in 2009 is the same team that indirectly holds the fate of the franchise.
I’m not trying to beat a dead horse here because quite frankly this is playing out before our very eyes. Whether we like it or not, Lebron’s inability to bring a championship to Cleveland and his decision to leave runs parallel to the ‘Melo/Paul fiascos. The only difference is that one (Lebron) is ahead in timescale than the other (Anthony & Paul).
There’s no means by which I can logically, statistically prove this, and by all accounts I hope I am wrong. It’s just watching Bosh follow Lebron this past summer strikes a similar resemblance to what is transpiring now.
Carmelo Anthony’s contract has a player option after the end of the 2010-11 season, meaning he can take his talents elsewhere (maybe to North Beach). Conversely Paul’s contract has a player option after the 2011-12 season. What this means is that whatever Anthony does Paul may take into consideration what he does as well.
Let’s think about it.
If Carmelo decides that Denver is where he wants to be and signs the 3 year extension that is currently on the table that means that Paul’s desire to make his own superpower team opposite Lebron is somewhat diminished. It would make little sense for Paul to go to New York or New Jersey if ‘Melo wasn’t to join him, after all that Beijing pact is stronger than people think.
If Carmelo leaves after this season and goes to either New York, Houston, Orlando or maybe even the LA Clippers then Paul will seriously consider his options at the end of his contract as most of those teams look good with Carmelo and Paul on the roster.
However most of what happens within the next 12 months really depends on the teams on-court performances. As much as I loathe the Nuggets for crushing the Hornets that year, I do empathize with their situation as it is so very similar to ours. As well as that their situation could very well determine what happens in the Bayou and our hometown hero, Chris Paul.