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Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

Posted on: September 30, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: September 30, 2010 12:38 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul already spent his time under the burning spotlight of speculation and rumor. He knows what that's like. But he made a commitment to stay in New Orleans (for now) and he intends to try and build a winner.

That doesn't mean he wants to build a winner by himself though. As one source told Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Paul sent word to Carmelo Anthony about teaming up together in New Orleans.

Stein spoke with Paul for a nice big feature and that was a topic that CP3 passed over. He waved off the report that he "playfully" suggested during a wedding toast at Carmelo's reception that Melo join him and Amar'e Stoudemire to form their own superteam.

Paul denied the Hornets were in the mix for Anthony, said he wasn't jealous of the trio in Miami and about switching to Leon Rose of CAA he said, "It was just time."

Just because Paul called up Carmelo and said, "Hey, you should come down here and play with me!" doesn't mean anything close to that is happening. The Hornets don't really have near the assets the Nuggets are looking for. A trade of David West, Marcus Thornton and Peja Stojakovic's expiring contract would be decent, but it's not in the ballpark that Denver's looking for at this point.

Besides, a lot of this Melo speculation stems from him wanting the big, bright market for him and his new wife LaLa Vasquez to be able to bask in the lights and make tons of money. I'm not sure if New Orleans exactly qualifies for that.

Now could Anthony wait until next summer and sign in New Orleans? Definitely. That's a possibility. How realistic? I'm not sure. Again, is New Orleans somewhere Anthony is willing to settle into long term?

But as rumored earlier in the week, Carmelo doesn't want to go to his next destination alone and was potentially determining if Paul could join him in two years. If Anthony went to New Jersey, the Nets would certainly have the space to grab CP3 when he's a free agent in 2012. As for New York? That's a bit dicier.

And here's a third scenario just for fun that probably even Carmelo hasn't thought of: Re-up in Denver and in 2012, the Nuggets would have all the necessary cap space to sign Chris Paul. But nah, let's not think about that one. That's no fun.
Comments

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

Why do players like Chris Paul and Carmelo get to request to be traded while still under contract with their current team, yet when lower end players like Rudy Fernandez ask for a trade (last year) they get fined by Stern?  The double standard Stern has is beyond belief.


What? When did Melo ever request a trade?  The reason Denver is shopping him is simply because he didn't jump on the opportunity to sign an extention.  Therefore, Denver wants to trade him before he becomes a free agent next year.  Melo has done everything right so far.  He says the right things, and will play for Denver this year unless he is traded.




Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:50 am
 

Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

"Hornets got rid of the wrong point guard."


Excellent excellent point....I think the Hornets would have been perfectly fine had they kept Collison and shipped CP3 out for something productive....When Paul went down last year, Darren filled in for him (as a rookie!!) more than admirably....give him a couple of years and he will be very productive as a starting PG.....Excellent trade by the Pacers to get him.


In the end, I think Carmelo plays this year out....signs with the Knicks next year.....the Knicks trim some salary the following year, CP3 signs in NY forming their "own Big 3" just like he alluded to at Melo's wedding.

CP3/Melo/Amar'e  vs. Lebron/Wade/Bosh:  It'll really all come down to the benches.



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:44 pm
 

Chris Paul reached around Carmelo Anthony?

I think any great player, on a good team would welcome Melo to their team. The NBA is becoming a league of Haves and Have-nots. Bird was helped by McCale, Jordan by Pippen, Kareem by Magic, Vadney by Duma and Shaq by Kobe, who then helped Wade. Its really always been a two superstar team who brings a championship, but also they have third guy who below these two. Think Parrish, Worthy, Rodman, Lambier, Pannerella, and the like. Bosh is like these dudes. Paul and Melo along with quality 3rd guy (a big 4 or 5) they could be a team the could go places. I dont think that guy is Doug West, so another move would have to be made. I am waiting to hear from BURGER.



Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

I saw the college game when CP3 punched an opposing player in the groin and was suspended for it.  Going into the season I would rather have Deron Williams, Westbrook, D. Rose, Nash, or Billups.  These players have more heart and integrity.  Seems like CP3 is getting some bad advice the last 9 months.  Hornets got rid of the wrong point guard.  As time goes on his value will diminish and they will get less for him than if they would have a made a move in the summer when his value might have been higher.  Carmelo hopefully stays away from this guy in the future because CP3 is in it for himself.  Can't wait to watch some of the point guards post him up this winter.



Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2010 5:58 pm
 

Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

Paul and Melo never once asked for a trade.  There is not one single quote with either of them asking or suggesting a trade.  They may have asked behind the scenes but they never said anything publicly.  That's why they haven't been fined. 




Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2010 3:25 pm
 

Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

Smythe Rudy Fernandez got fine for saying he would rather play over seas then to play in the nba not for asking for a trade.



Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Chris Paul reached out to Carmelo Anthony?

Why do players like Chris Paul and Carmelo get to request to be traded while still under contract with their current team, yet when lower end players like Rudy Fernandez ask for a trade (last year) they get fined by Stern?  The double standard Stern has is beyond belief. 


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