After getting dumped by OKC, picked up by the Atlanta Hawks and paid out his guaranteed $27.9 million salary to not play, nothing more can be said about Carmelo Anthony, other than: that’s how you secure the bag. People are in a frenzy about Melo’s positioning and the amount of money he’s being paid. “Business is business”, is the phrase we know all too well in the sports world. We get upset when we’ve emotionally invested ourselves in these athletes, all for them to jump ship, tuck and roll over to the next franchise and we crucify our managers and owners for dumping guys we’ve fallen in “sports” love with (Pause).
Now that someone has actually made the “BIB” motto work in their favor, it seems like nothing but hatertion coming Melo’s way. First, let’s be clear, although, Melo was waived by the Hawks, he’s still in a position to end up on the Houston roster (which if you know anything about Anthony, that’s where he’s hoped to land). So, before we launch into a tirade about players being overpaid and not playing, let’s gather ourselves. I know what you’re about to say, “Carmelo is a trash” but let me tell you something: that bum may not be a great 3point shooter but he’s still averaging at 16pts a game. Trust and believe this…wherever he goes, the team is going to make sure to get their money’s worth.
There’s something to be said about a 15 year vet in the NBA who, has never won a ring, been the subject of scrutiny in the eyes of basketball organizations and who half of the NBA fan base considers “trash” on the court. Carmelo Anthony hasn’t been the easiest to deal with in recent years. The road as a NY Knick proved him to be stubborn and hard to work with, but he’s one of the only players who have been able to call his own shots and make his career moves work in his favor. Social media went wild following the news about Melo and his new contract, and although, the “BIB” motto should constantly be in the back of the minds of athletes during negotiations and future planning, let’s keep it real, not many have been able to make it work for them. Between living in the ideal city for their families, maximizing your worth, and dodging injury on the road to the big trophy, most athletes end up leading with loyalty to their fans and organizations when business should be numero uno.
In fact, Anthony’s business skills in negotiating (shout out to his attorney’s, manager and CPA) including his decision for a No Trade Clause (which only 2 other players in the league have: Lebron James and Dirk Nowitzki) and 15% Trade Kicker have brought him in reach of King LBJ when it comes to earnings. As of this month Melo’s career earnings come in at killer $227,364,419, while Lebron is at $233,893,001 with about $6.5 mil difference between the two, according to sportac.com. I’d take 25% of that and live my best life, but not too bad for a “bum”, right?
Obviously, with the birth of both James’ and Anthony’s recent transactions, we know Lebron’s deal with the Lakers shot him to the highest paid player in the league but with Melo following not too far off behind, this goes to show you just how far you can go by making smarter deals and without having to be the best player in the league. The real question is, after seeing the numbers between players in black and white; will we see more players secure the bag from this point on?