Could Carmelo Anthony Sign With Brooklyn Nets Next Summer?

By Mike B. Ruiz
Debby Wong-USA Today Sports

Has anyone taken a slight moment to think about what Carmelo Anthony would look like with a big “Brooklyn” stitched across his chest?

Well, given that the Brooklyn native and current New York Knicks star could opt out of his contract next summer and become a free agent, the possibility of Anthony signing with the Brooklyn Nets and taking the next train into Flatbush does exist in at least the slightest sense.

If Anthony were to indeed walk away from the Knicks, most speculate that he would be likely to go cross-country and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers because of his celebrity wife Alani “La La” Vazquez’s Hollywood ties. Not to mention, the Lakers are still one of the most glamorous franchises in all of sports.

However, just like Anthony, La La is also a Brooklynite, which is also something to keep in mind. But when it strictly comes down to Anthony and what would be the best basketball decision for him to make during the prime of his career, signing with the Nets could do him wonders.

With the way teams such as the Nets are stocking up on star power like it’s going out of style, it could be in Anthony’s best interest to sign with Brooklyn and play alongside the likes of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, etc.

It would really come down to three questions. Would Brooklyn be willing to pay another enormous luxury tax bill in order to sign Anthony to a contract? Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has proven in just two summers in Brooklyn that he’s quite the spender and then some.

Prokhorov also doesn’t seem like the type that would hesitate at all to rid himself of players one way or another for salary purposes in order to put himself in position to acquire one of the game’s brightest stars, which is another thing to keep in mind.

Would Anthony be willing to take any sort of pay cut in the name of pursuing his first championship, and getting to do it with his hometown’s name on his uniform? Would Anthony be prepared to endure an incessant bashing from Knicks fans for walking away and signing with their cross-town rival?

For all we know, homecoming no. 2 could be waiting in the wings for ‘Melo.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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