Carmelo Anthony retired from the NBA at age 38 and he has some regrets which is rejecting Dwyane Wade’s suggestion to accept a three-year extension so “he could enter free agency together with Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh in 2010.”
According to HN;
Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated looked back on Anthony’s 19-year career and noted how the superstar’s decision to sign a five-year extension with the Denver Nuggets ran counter to his close friend’s suggestion.
“There were moments in his career that easily could have flipped the script,” Herring wrote. “During the summer of 2006, while he was training with fellow Team USA players and draft class members LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Anthony chose to sign a five-year, $80 million maximum extension with the Nuggets, a choice that ran counter to the shorter, three-year deals those players were signing so they could later all test free agency simultaneously. ‘My memory of that is that I called Mel like right as he was sitting down to sign his deal,’ Wade says, ‘and by then, it was too late.’
“Anthony remembers it similarly, and says he now wishes he’d considered the upside of agreeing to a shorter deal at the time. ‘The only regret I’ve got there is not being intelligent enough about the business of the game,’ he says. ‘I got that call from [Dwyane] saying, ‘Take the three-year deal; we’re all doing that,’ and I’m like, ‘Do you know where I’m from, man?’ Like, I’m happy, bro. I’m cool with Denver.’”
Had Anthony followed Wade’s advice, he quite possibly could have joined the trio of Wade, James and Bosh in 2010 for the most magical era in Heat history. During the four years the trio was together, the Heat won the Eastern Conference title each year and NBA championships in both 2012 and 2013.
Instead, Anthony continued to play for the Nuggets until February 2011, when he was traded to the New York Knicks. While Anthony enjoyed a bigger spotlight with his new team, he was unable to lead it to a championship.
In later years, Anthony’s basketball career began to fade and resulted in him playing for five different teams during his final six seasons.
The last of those teams for Anthony was the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played with James. Prior to James joining the Lakers, he and Wade briefly reunited to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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