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PBT Extra: Talking future for LeBron, Carmelo and Duncan

Jun 18, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

It happens every year, we don’t get to revel in the success of the champions as long as they deserve because the NBA Draft and free agency decisions fall weeks later and all attention turns to them.

And this year there are big decisions coming: Will LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony opt out? And will Tim Duncan retire?

The amazing Kay Adams and I take up the topics in this latest PBT Extra. Anthony will opt out and I think if he’s willing to take a pay cut to win, Chicago is the best call. Houston falls short primarily because it is in the stacked West. Tim Duncan is not going to retire.

LeBron probably will opt out, but only to help Miami. Kay asks me where he might land, and he could in theory go win a lot of places (he is the world’s best player) but none more likely than winning in Miami. Plus if he leaves again it’s another PR hit on an image he has worked hard to rebuild.

  1. money2long - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:06 PM


  2. cueghost - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    The Only way I’d want to see Melo in my city is if he was accompanied by LBJ… otherwise, no thanks.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      smart man…

      Melo is a cancer… won’t win a title in his career, certainly NOT while he’s the #1 option on a team…

      • lenbias34pt - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:02 AM

        been saying the same thing for years.
        I know fans are biased, but isnt’ the evidence in on Melo?

        The Knicks are an easy target, but are they that devoid of talent?
        Chandler and Shumpret are front line defenders and Felton, Smith and A’Mare are fine NBA talents (thou greatly over paid).
        Admittedly that is opinion, but how about Melo’s previous team underachieving for all but 1 season while he was there?
        Does anyone have questions about the talent and the coaching the Nuggets had from 03-11?

        The thing i’ll find most interesting? No way Phil Jackson actually wants Melo. How does he rid the knicks of him and actually benefit?

  3. cruzan80 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I think the Cavs got a better chance than p[people think.

    If the Cavs draft C Joel Embiid, sign PF Greg Monore & hire say a Mark Jackson as the nect head coach…none of which being a stretch by any means….I would take a looooooooong hard look at the Cavs if I were LBJ. That’s a starting 5 of

    C Joel Embiid
    PF Greg Monroe
    SF LeBron James
    SG Dion Waiters
    PG Kyrie Irving

    This isn’t about what the Heat have done over the PAST 4 years. Its about they are going able to do over the NEXT 4 years. I don’t think people (Heat fans) realize just how much stuff has to go right in order for the Heat to improve next season. Just for beginners, if Wade doesn’t take a major pay cut he’ll handcuff any chances of significant improvement to this roster….he’s currently owed 40 mil over the next 2 years.

    Heat fans will say they just won the East Conference trophy 4 times in a row so that must mean their awesome & nothing really needs to change. The rest of the country will say that the Heat won the tallest midget of the year trophy 4 times in a row.

    Now if the Cavs can’t pull off moves like I mentioned I think LBJ should just stay put…but more titles wont be in the picture.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      The Greg Monroe thing is pretty good stretch. Besides, Anderson Verajao is a very good power forward, one who has good chemistry with LeBron. Remember, before his injury last year he was pulling down double-doubles every night and was a lock for an all-star spot.

      I do agree with you about Embiid, though. That would be a nice starting 5! And, as I was saying in a different story here on PBT, the bench would be nice with Jack, Thompson, Zeller, Hawes, Gee, and Bennett (giving him the benefit of the doubt for that shoulder injury).

      • cruzan80 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        @ fanofthegame79

        The Cavs will have enough cap space this summer to sign two players to contracts starting around 18 mil per year. Remember this is why they made the Luol Deng trade back in February. Signing Greg Monroe to a contract around 14 to16 mil per is NOT a stretch.

        As for Verajao, he’s 31 years old & has played a total of 146 games over the past 4 years. He’s about as reliable to LBJ’s future as Wade’s knees are. He wont factor in whatever moves the Cavs make this summer.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      I hear you on the money, cruzan, but I don’t think SVG parts with Monroe just like that. He’s a restricted free agent so the Pistons can (and probably will) match any offer he gets.

      • cruzan80 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        True about Monroe being restricted free agent…I honestly didn’t realize that. But my point about Monrow to begin with was just the fact that the Cavs actually have the ability to add significant talent THIS summer whereas the Heat really cant.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        That was a good point made by you – well done, sir! It does make the Cavs a little more interesting in the grand scheme of things, especially if Melo wants to go there, too.

  4. capspats - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Just like a lot of stuff would have to happen for the heat to improve, a lot of stuff would have to happen for cavs to get everything you suggested

    • cruzan80 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM


      Drafting Embiid? They currently have the first pick in the draft. Signing Greg Monroe? As of July 1st, they’ll have enough cap room to sign TWO players to contracts starting around 18 mil per year. Hiring Mark Jackson? They have a young star PG, an opening for a head coach…& Jackson’s unemployed.

      Meanwhile down in Miami, obviously the draft is irrelevant. They are well over the cap & wont have cap space to sign anyone significant until NEXT summer.

      The Heat’s biggest issues are PG play, a presence in the middle & age. They MIGHT convince Kyle Lowry to take less money to put on their uni…but that’s about the most significant addition they can realistically make this summer….& that aint much.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        With the salary room you’re talking about (enough to sign 2 players to $18 mil per year) why not shoot for Melo instead of Monroe? Again, only because Monroe is a restricted free agent.

  5. capspats - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    I do see you touched on that at the end tho, my bad

  6. JT - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    There are a lot of options for Bron… He shouldn’t leave but the decision shows it’s possible… I hope Melo goes to Dallas or the bulls

    • mazblast - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:56 AM

      What do you have against the Mavs or Bulls?

      • JT - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Nothing at all the Bulls need a pure scorer and Dirk wouldn’t mind playing with Melo… The Knicks squad was good for 2k but that was it. amarė is done, JR was playing like a bonehead, Chandler was a year worse, Felton was Felton, only bright spot besides Melo was Hardaway, Jr

  7. the8man - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Lebron is the best today at what he does. Back in the day, so was Josef Stalin. I like them both the same.

    No. I’m not saying Lebron is like Stalin or behaves the same way.

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