Saturday , Mar , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony: ‘I’m pretty sure Cuban’s happy that I’m out of the West’

From the Mavericks’ locker-room treadmill, sweat-soaked Dallas owner Mark Cuban declared Thursday night the Nuggets made out better than the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster trade.

This was before his Mavericks slaughtered the Knicks, 127-109."They hit a home run," Cuban said of the stash the Nuggets acquired.Hours later, Anthony, tired of hearing the Knicks gave up too many pieces, shot back: "I’m pretty sure Cuban’s happy that I’m out of the West. I’m pretty sure if I had come here, that he would have gotten the better end of the deal. So, that’s cool."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Both Mark Cuban and Carmelo Anthony are absolutely right.

Yes, the New York Knicks gave up a lot to get Anthony, meaning the Nuggets, despite not having much leverage, did make like Jose Bautista and hit a ‘home run’.

And yes, the Dallas Mavericks are surely glad Anthony is out of the Western Conference and plying his trade with the New York Knicks.

The issue I have with this trade is timing. The Knicks were going to get Anthony. If no trade occurred, the All-Star would have opted-out of his contract at season’s end and signed with the Knicks as a free agent.

So why make a trade? Why not wait?

To be fair, both Anthony and the Knicks may have had their hand forced by the uncertainty surrounding the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

On July 1st, the league’s CBA expires. This is the same day Anthony would have become a free agent had he not been traded to New York and signed an extension.

His status would have been complicated by the CBA showdown and the new CBA would have given the Denver Nuggets greater leverage to hold onto him.

Perhaps, the league lets teams apply a franchise tag to one player. Or perhaps unrestricted free agency is pushed back to later in a player’s career.

All of this was too great a risk for both Anthony and the Knicks. So the trade was made –regardless of how much they had to pay!

–Oly Sandor.

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