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Carmelo Anthony tells Michael Jordan, Bobcats “no thanks”

Jan 3, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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The Bobcats are a struggling franchise. On the court and at the gate. Something or someone needs to change that.

Someone like Carmelo Anthony.

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reached out to Melo and his people before contacting the Nuggets and throwing his hat in the ring of the Anthony sweepstakes, only to be told no thanks, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. Like other teams, the Bobcats would only want Anthony if they could sign him to an extension, which gives Melo an almost veto power over a trade.

There seemed to be an in for Charlotte because Anthony wears Jordan brand Nike shoes and is one of the top endorsers of the line. Plus, you know, Michael Jordan.

But the answer was no. Well, we hope more like “no, thank you” but the result is the same.

There are likely other long shot teams making requests. They will get the same response. And they don’t have someone like Jordan doing the asking. It still comes down the Knicks and maybe the Nets unless there is a team willing to put together a good package just to rent him for the rest of this season.

  1. leearmon - Jan 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    I’ve been saying this for months now. Carmelo holds all of the power. Why would he want to go to Charlotte? After asking yourself that question, then ask, “why would he want to go to New Jersey?” Charlotte is much better off right now than Jersey. Yes the Nets are moving in two years, but where are they moving in the ranks of the NBA? If they do a deal for Melo, most likely they would give up, Picks, cap flexibility and Favors/Harris. So what’s left for Melo once he arrives? A bad team who if everything goes well, will meet either the Celtics or Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Good luck with that. Why New Jersey didnt ship off Lopez when they had the chance is beyond me. As a Knick fan Lopez this season reminds me alot of Eddy Curry back in 04-05. A great scoring big man, who does very little else. Lopez is a much better shot blocker than Eddy even in his dreams, but both have difficulties passing out of the double team, and neither is much of a rebounder. Lopez is a good scoring option on one of the worst teams in the league, so ofcourse the Nets deem him “untouchable” even with a shot of landing them an even better scorer and a much bigger draw at the box office.

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