Damian Necronamous wrote:WTF is wrong with everyone? Seriously! What the hell is all this talk about him "taking a lower salary"?!
He is a bad defender and his game has seriously regressed the past few years...why do people all of a sudden have this assumption that he's still a $12-14M/yr player? $9.5M is probably MORE than he deserves!!!
We just gave his stupid butt $19M/yr...he should be grateful that we're still even talking to him!
He arguably had the best season of his career last year, the team around him just wasn't built to win. Felton, J.R Smith, Bargnani, and Chandler? That's a lineup that isn't going anywhere. They swapped Chandler and Felton for Calderon and Dalembert but I'm not sure that really makes them any better (as much as I admire Calderon's efficiency).
That's the tough part of the sell for New York: they have to convince Melo that their cap space NEXT summer will lead to a superstar buddy coming along. The Lakers already have Kobe (and reportedly Pau if Melo signs), the Mavs have Dirk and Monta, Houston has Haren and Coward, Chicago has Rose and Noah. New York has to essentially ask Melo to sacrifice another year of his career to mediocrity.
Houston, Chicago, and Dallas all have to ask Melo to take some measure of a pay cut, and reportedly Phil will ask him to do the same in NY to help bring in another star. LA, however, can offer him a full max contract.
So the Lakers do have some things going for them, although admittedly it would appear that Chicago is the best fit basketball-wise, Houston has two other prime, injury-free stars, and Dallas has a combination of a superstar in Dirk, border-line All Star in Monta, and just added the Knicks best defender in Chandler.
It isn't a cut and dry, one team has the best offer situation. They all have pros and cons and Melo will have to decide where he wants to be.
My guess is he returns to NY, but it would shock me to see him in LA to play with his buddy Kobe.