Divorce for Carmelo, Knicks May Be Painful, but It May Also Be Smart for Both

What does Carmelo Anthony want? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it the warm glow of the Broadway spotlight?   

What does Carmelo Anthony need to consider his career a success? Another scoring title? A trip to the NBA Finals? A championship?

Does his role matter? His shots per game? His scoring average? Must he dominate the ball to be happy?

How would Carmelo Anthony like to be remembered? As an elite scorer? A gunner? A great teammate? A winner?

Does his legacy matter?

All of these questions matter–now, more than ever–as Anthony contemplates the next, and perhaps final, significant move of his NBA career.

As expected, Anthony is opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks, making him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He officially informed the Knicks of his decision in writing on Friday, according to league sources.

This will be Anthony’s first experience in free agency–and most likely his last as an elite player. He turned 30 last month. His next contract will likely cover four to five years. If ever there were a time for Anthony to reflect and reassess, to consider the totality of his career and what he wants from it, it is now.

If the money matters most, the decision is simple: The Knicks, by rule, can offer Anthony the most dollars ($129 million) over the most years (five). Rivals can offer no more than $96 million over four years. And the Knicks’ chief rivals for Anthony–Chicago and Houston–probably cannot even offer that much, because of salary-cap constraints.

Even if the Knicks ask Anthony to take a pay cut (and they absolutely will), he will still probably make more in New York, by virtue of the higher raises and the extra year the Knicks can include in the deal.

But if winning matters most, then Anthony is almost certain to leave. In fact, if winning is his highest priority, Anthony absolutely should leave. It’s the best option for all parties, the Knicks included.

Anthony could join Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in Chicago and contend for the Eastern Conference title immediately.

He could join James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston, forging the most powerful trio in the West.

Or he could stay in New York with J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton and Andrea Bargnani.

Yes, the Broadway lights are alluring, but in this case they’re more like a bug zapper, frying any living thing that wanders in.

Putting aside the money and the New York glitz, why would Anthony want to stay? Given the results to date, why would the Knicks want him to?

The Knicks have gone nowhere with Anthony dominating the offense and the payroll for the last three-plus seasons–unless you consider two first-round exits, one second-round exit and a 37-win season a success.

Even with Anthony posting one of his finest seasons in 2013-14, the Knicks finished ninth in a horrendous Eastern Conference. And their prospects for next season are dim. The Knicks have no salary-cap room, no first-round draft pick and a roster packed with overpriced and/or unwanted players.

Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher, the new team president and head coach, respectively, are savvy enough to turn this around. But it won’t happen until at least July 2015, when Jackson will have the cap room to make wholesale changes. By then, of course, Anthony will be 31, another year lost to the Knicks’ perpetual dysfunction.

If his legacy truly matters, how many more seasons can Anthony afford to sacrifice?

Sacrificing money, on the other hand, is something Anthony surely can afford. He’s earned $136 million in his NBA career, and millions more in endorsements. Trading dollars for glory seems like a smart move at this juncture.

With a little cap maneuvering, the Rockets can offer Anthony a starting salary around $19 million, about $3.5 million less than his maximum. The Bulls can open up about $17 million, possibly more, depending on how many rotation players they’re willing to unload.

And really, Anthony might not be sacrificing much if he leaves. Jackson has said he wants Anthony to take a pay cut to stay, so he won’t be making the max in New York, either. For the Knicks to gain any significant flexibility, that pay cut has to be at least a few million per year.

This is, by the way, the only sane position for Jackson to take. If the Knicks are ever going to contend, they cannot afford to devote 35 percent of the salary cap to a single-minded scorer who doesn’t play defense, doesn’t elevate his teammates and will soon be moving out of his prime years.

Granting Anthony the max would strangle the Knicks’ payroll for five years, limiting their ability to sign a bigger, better star (or two). The investment would only get worse over time, with Anthony making nearly $30 million at age 35.

Anthony likely won’t age well. He has already logged 31,417 minutes over 11 seasons, and he has never been known for stellar work habits or his conditioning. He hasn’t played a full 82-game season since his rookie year. He missed 11 games in 2011-12, 15 games in 2012-13 and five games last season.

If the Knicks are faced with paying Anthony the max or losing him, the decision is clear: They should let him walk.

But if Anthony will accept a meaningful pay cut, the Knicks should keep him. For all of his flaws, Anthony is still an elite scorer, and he’d surely become a more selfless player under Jackson and Fisher’s tutelage. (Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant both became better team players in the triangle offense.)

It’s generally easier to recruit star players if you already have one on board, so Anthony has some incidental value. He also loves New York and handles the spotlight well, and those things count for something, too.

So, what does Anthony truly want? What does he value? In 2011, it was clearly the money and the fame.

Anthony forced the Denver Nuggets to trade him to New York–a deal that cost the Knicks all of their best assets–rather than wait for free agency. Why? Because Anthony wanted to lock in a $65 million extension that he worried would be reduced under a new labor deal.

The trade hamstrung the Knicks’ ability to surround Anthony with decent talent, as Anthony himself admitted last December, saying, “I knew we took a step backwards as an organization for me to get here. So we had to rebuild.”

The Knicks are still paying for that ill-conceived trade. Their draft pick this year, 12th overall, now belongs to the Orlando Magic, who obtained it from Denver.

The Knicks-Anthony partnership never blossomed the way they all hoped back in 2011, when Knicks owner James L. Dolan hijacked negotiations and forced his front office to make the deal. Since then, the Knicks have posted a ho-hum .546 winning percentage, with a series of forgettable postseasons.

No one should be satisfied with the results, and no one could be blamed if they decided to part ways now.

It’s time for Anthony to prioritize legacy over riches. His playoff record is dismal. He has been to the conference finals just once, in 2009. If he retired now, he would be remembered as great scorer, nothing more.

He will soon have brighter options on the table –in Chicago and Houston, perhaps in Dallas and Los Angeles. He should pursue those options.

And the Knicks should let him.

Howard Beck covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @HowardBeck.

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Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian Reportedly File for Divorce

Former Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom‘s year just got more tumultuous.

According to ESPN, the 14-year NBA veteran and Khloe Kardashian, his wife of four years, have reportedly filed for divorce:

After months of speculation, Khloe Kardashian is ending her four-year marriage to former NBA player Lamar Odom.

The reality TV star filed for divorce Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. She also wants her last name restored to Kardashian from Kardashian Odom.

The filing comes after Odom pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

The 34-year-old athlete was arrested in August after his Mercedes-Benz SUV was seen weaving on a Los Angeles freeway.

There were rumors of the couple’s potential breakup in late 2012. In September 2013, Odom’s reported drug habits surfaced, and things began to deteriorate further. 

Days after Odom was arrested on suspicion of DUI, TMZ reported that Kardashian had kicked him out of the house and vowed not to bring him back until he completed rehab. A week later, Odom checked himself out of rehab just a day after checking in, according to People.com

report from NESN also stated that Odom spent more than $50,000 on cocaine over the past three years. In late November, he was filmed performing a freestyle rap, in which the lyrics appeared to claim that he cheats on Kardashian, via TMZ.

His legal problems continued on Dec. 9, when he pleaded “no contest” to one count of driving under the influence. He was sentenced to three years probation, according to CBS Los Angeles.

After one of the least productive seasons of his career with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12, Odom enjoyed a bounce-back of sorts, establishing himself as a solid defender and rebounder with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012-13. 

In 82 games, he averaged 10.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes, all marks that were close to the best of his career. 

He remains unsigned this season, and his recent guilty plea for a DUI certainly won’t help. After adding divorce onto his long list of problems, one can only hope that Odom is able to get whatever help he needs moving forward. 

 

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Khloe Kardashian expected to file for divorce from Lamar Odom Friday

This has been discussed since June of this year, but it looks as if it’s finally going to happen. Khloe Kardashian is expected to file for divorce from Lamar Odom today. The couple married in September of 2009 after only knowing each other a month. Things seemed to turn south two years ago following LO’s trade from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. Lamar is alleged to have gotten heavily involved into drugs and multiple incidents of infidelity. Per TMZ, Khloe will be citing irreconcilable differences in her legal docs. The split should be pretty cut and dry — an ironclad prenup which kept all their assets separate … and no kids. Bye Lam Lam

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Khloe Kardashian reportedly ‘anxious’ to divorce Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have reportedly been living separate from one another for quite some time. A divorce almost seems inevitable at this point, which had led many to wonder what the hold up is. Would it be messy? According to a recent report from TMZ, a split between Khloe and Lamar would be […]

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Eva Longoria still supporting Spurs despite divorce from Tony Parker

Eva Longoria is still supporting the San Antonio Spurs despite her highly-publicized divorce from the team’s star point guard, Tony Parker. After the Spurs beat the Miami Heat 99-88 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, the actress tweeted her support for the team and predicted they would win the series in five [...]

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Tim Duncan’s Divorce Possibly Involves Sordid Affair

The news of San Antonio Spurs superstar Tim Duncan’s divorce surprised many when it broke recently. As a few details start to emerge there are bound to be even more surprises–like the fact that Tim Duncan felt the need to hire a private investigator!

According to a report in the San Antonio Express Tim has had doubts for some time. About a year ago he hired a private investigator to tail her and see what she was up to. Typically its the other way around with wives hiring PI’s to tail there professional athlete husbands who can’t do without a little love and affection on the road!

Tim Duncan is known for being a pretty stand up guy so it would have been pretty shocking had it been him that was fooling around. Perhaps the most shocking thing about the whole mess is that she moved out of the family home weeks ago.

And this is the first we’re hearing about this?

Come on tabloids! Where are you guys at? Yeah, Tim Duncan may not be as flashy as LeBron James or garner the attention

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Report: Tim Duncan Delaying Divorce Proceedings Due to NBA Playoff Run With Spurs

It’s never a great time to get divorced, but there probably isn’t a worse time for an NBA player than in the middle of a playoff run.
That’s why Tim Duncan is trying to delay his divorce proceedings while he attempts to capture his fifth ring with the San Antonio Spurs, according to TMZ. Duncan’s wife filed for divorce back in March.
The way that excuse is worded in Bexar County, Texas legal documents is that Duncan’s employment ”is currently making extraordinary demands on him and hopefully will continue to make those demands for the next 30 or so days.” Surprisingly, it doesn’t say “Go Spurs” at the end of that sentence.
Duncan and his wife signed a prenuptial agreement before they got married in 2001. Legal documents state that Duncan wants that prenup enforced.
The Spurs are currently two games up on the Memphis Grizzlies in the conference finals. The Spurs and Grizzlies will face off in Game 3 on Saturday night.

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Report: Spurs’ Tim Duncan has filed for divorce

Tim Duncan has been dominant in the 2013 postseason thus far and is one of the main reasons the San Antonio Spurs are poised to challenge for another NBA championship. He is averaging 16.2 points and 9.1 rebounds in 12 playoff games against the Lakers, Warriors and Grizzlies. And it appears this may all be happening while dealing with some off-court distractions. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Duncan and his wife Amy may have recently filed for divorce. A divorce case was filed in a San Antonio court two months ago that includes only the initials A.S.D and T.T.D. Duncan’s middle name is Theodore. To make matters even more curious, a request was reportedly filed last week asking that a legal discovery be postponed until after the Spurs last playoff game. Either the nation’s biggest Spurs fans have filed for divorce, or Duncan and his wife are splitting. The Express-News also pointed out that the paperwork says the couple married around July 21, 2001, which was when Tim an…

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Tim Duncan’s Wife Reportedly Files For Divorce

Tim Duncan and his wife are reportedly in the process of divorcing.  Duncan’s wife, Amy, who he met at Wake Forest initiated the proceedings in March.  The couple have two children, Sydney (7) and Draven (5).
According to San Antonio Express-News:
A divorce case filed here two months ago that bears only the initials of the husband and wife has all the hallmarks of being that of Spurs star Tim Duncan and his wife, Amy.
The case is playing out in Bexar County District Court. Court papers filed last week include a request that legal discovery in the case be postponed until after the Spurs’ last playoff game.
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A.S.D. initiated the divorce proceedings on March 27. T.T.D responded with a counter petition that was filed Monday.
Richard Orsinger, one of A.S.D.’s divorce lawyers, wrote in an email that he had nothing to say on the subject.
 

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Spurs Star Tim Duncan Might Be in Middle of Reported Divorce from Wife Amy

Any postseason glory Tim Duncan takes from these particular NBA playoffs might be bittersweet as he may be going through a divorce at the moment. 

The San Antonio Express-News’ Patrick Danner (h/t Slam Online) does a sizable amount of legal sleuthing to uncover what very well might be a pending divorce between Duncan and his wife of over 11 years, Amy. 

So far there has been no confirmation that Duncan is indeed one of the parties featured in divorce documents at the Bexar County District Court. However, Danner spotted evidence to assume that the end of Duncan’s season will coincide with a split from his wife. 

The report notes that the pending divorce includes a specific request that, “legal discovery in the case be postponed until after the Spurs’ last playoff game.”

The following is a telling list Danner provides that points to an unfortunate end to a 2001 marriage between college sweethearts. 

The style of the case is A.S.D. vs. T.T.D. Tim Duncan’s middle name is Theodore.

The petition says the couple married on or about July 21, 2001, which coincides with the date of the Duncans‘ nuptials.

Two children were born to the parties in the petition: A daughter with the initials S.I.D., born June 27, 2005, and a son, W.D.D., born Aug. 3, 2007.

The Duncans have a daughter, Sydney, who reportedly was born on that date. Their son, Draven, is believed to have been born in 2007, though an exact birth date couldn’t be determined.

Duncan, who is now 37-years old, began dating his wife (35) when both attended Wake Forest University. As reported, the divorce was initiated by the party ascribed “A.S.D.” as their initials. 

There has been no comment from either attorney. Both remain tight-lipped. Richard Orsinger, the lawyer representing A.S.D. in the proceedings, is also the one who represented Tony Parker through his divorce from Eva Longoria, as noted by Danner

The San Antonio Spurs are in the middle of the Western Conference Finals against the Memphis Grizzlies, which they will resume on Saturday in Memphis with the Spurs leading 2-0 in the series. 

Duncan, for his part, is coming off a solid Game 2 performance wherein he garnered 17 points and nine boards in 31 minutes. 

While we will wait until final confirmation is reached to conclude Duncan’s marriage is at an end, it certainly seems as though the star big man has a great deal on his mind as he plays out the final games of the season. 

 

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