The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade forward Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, where he will be waived and become a free agent, league sources said.
The Houston Rockets are the front-runners to sign Anthony, who also is considering the Miami Heat, league sources said.
While Anthony’s final destination has yet to be determined, he posted this recent tweet from Orlando.
From the business side of sports, adding a known sports celebrity, like a Cristiano, to a team does wonders for its visibility, as CNBC pointed out in its article, “As Cristiano Ronaldo joins Juventus the team sells $60 million worth of his jerseys in 24 hours.”
Additionally, “The team’s Twitter account also gained one million new followers overnight.”
In an odd turn of events, if he does pick the Heat, AmericanAirlines Arena could possibly have the jerseys of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Anthony all hang from the rafters sometime in the future.
Anthony’s estranged wife, born Alani Nicole Vázquez, and his children seem to enjoy the Florida lifestyle.
lalaAfter a great week of AAU basketball we ended our trip @universalorlando HAD THE BEST TIME EVER‼️Thank you for taking care of us (the boys in this photo think they are way too LOL)
Signing Anthony to a two-year deal still leaves the summer of 2020 as the time when Miami may have the cap room for max players, plus their first-round draft picks from both 2019 and 2020.
Whatever happens this summer, professional sports has always been a business centered on around a few elite athletes, who were known as “revolvers” back in the day before the reserve clause.
“[Davy] Force played in 15 major-league seasons, and he changed teams nearly every year for the first half of his career. He was known as a “revolver,” the term for players who jumped from organization to organization.
“The light-hitting but slick-fielding Force is best known for setting off a National Association contract dispute between two teams. The ensuing rulings prompted William Hulbert to begin organizing the National League.”
Bill James, “the best known baseball analyst in the world, and he has been a prolific author (Baseball Abstracts, Historical Abstract, Handbook and many other works). He is the innovator of a plethora of performance measures such as Runs Created, Major League Equivalency for minor league players and Win Shares, just to name a few. He coined the term “sabermetrics” to capture this new philosophy of analysis and to honor SABR,” wrote about “The Davy Force Case,”
“During the winter of 1874-75, Davy negotiated with both Chicago, for whom he played the previous year, and Philadelphia. This created no particular problem, there being no reserve rule, until he signed contracts with both teams, which a good many players in that time did.”