Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  28 responses

Are New York’s Taxes Too High for Melo?

The NY Post speculates that the lack of a state tax gives the Rockets an edge over the Knicks in the Carmelo Derby: “If Carmelo Anthony becomes a free agent next July, the Knicks might have to contend with Houston — and Texas’ lack of a state income tax. LeBron James, when he signed with the Heat, chose to play in a state — Florida — without a state income tax. According to Yahoo, Anthony recently talked more ‘enthusiastically’ about the Rockets as a possible destination more so than the Knicks. That has no effect on where Anthony could be traded if the Nuggets decide to deal Anthony. At February’s trading deadline, Denver will have 29 other teams to pick from — and Anthony’s preference probably is no factor. Anthony reportedly met with Denver’s ownership over the weekend, with no resolution on whether he will sign the three-year, $65 million contract extension on the table. Amar’e Stoudemire has made strong indications Anthony regards the Knicks as his top choice.”

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  • ENDS

    Hell Orlando has no state taxes either

  • http://twitter.com/kevinandrock Rockdeep

    Melo will have much more from Brand Jordan and other Sponsors to soak up the tax money lost.

    Chalk that up.

  • peter

    Surely the extra cash from his exposure in NYC will balance out the tax savings in TX.

  • Anthony

    I just picture in my mind Orlando with Dwight, Amare and Melo. Fun team.

  • Ronald

    There has to be a way that Knicks/Melo can somehow circumvent the taxes right? I mean, that’s why they hire accountants.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Melo for Houstons 1st round pick this year, and the one Houston owns from the Knicks too. Plus Kevin Martin and either Scola/Jordan Hill.
    Starting line-up of Brooks, Battier, Anthony, Hill/Scola, Yao.
    Better than either the Nets or Knicks can offer, since you cant trade away consecutive 1st round picks.

  • riggs

    go to the nets.

  • wtf

    i dnt believe this at all, or the other rumors. “hes talked more enthusiastically about the Rockets as a possible destination more so than the Knicks”???. give me a break. who is he talking to? im willing to bet he hasnt been talking to anyone

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Dallas is in Texas, come here Melo. No income tax is awesome. Houston is a swamp.

  • wft is a retard

    Hey wtf are you that dumb? What the hell does the Knicks have to offer? They have the worst coach, one of the worst GM’s and a sorry team? You have one star player that could go down any day with an injury and no real role players. Yao is back with his RoboFoot repaired, Martin is one of the most efficient SG, Brooks was the MIP last year, Scola is a beast with his scoops. Plus we have all your NY picks for the next 2 years. Rockets are 2 deep at every position. No one wants to go to that joke of an organization called Knicks but offer paid players hint hint Amare.

  • lol

    “and Anthony’s preference probably is no factor”


    Anthony’s preference is a huge factor because he can refuse to sign an extension. Who wants to trade their assets away for a 1 year rental?

  • LDR4 is a retard

    Melo does not want to go to Dallas LDR4 that is the gay capital of Texas. Too many gays live there.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    melo+filler to clippers for kaman, gordon and picks.. both will be legit playoff teams, melo and lala in a bigger city, denver gets an all-star and another future all-star. win-win for both teams.

  • Ali

    Man you gotta be f***ing kidding! Please tell me this is a bullshi* report! And that these multi millionare ballers aren’t trying to take in account a particular has no state taxes before they make their decision. This would be an all time low in my book! Cmon’ Son! getdaf***outtaherewitdatbullshi*

  • MikeC.

    Melo is going where Lala wants him to go. Dude is married now. It’s not up to him or the Nuggets any more. If Lala wants Melo in NY, then it’s a done deal. Wifey-power.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    and i hope lala likes lala land..

  • Fat Lever

    What an @$$hole.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Yeah, right…

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Now this is just getting stupid…the new york media is a joke.

  • dsleepy21

    why is this a story? this is dumb

  • RV

    hursty, that’s too much for Melo…the rockets would probably not trade for him if it means giving up both martin and scola…at this point i think martin is close to untouchable for them as he’s a great complement to yao or any star they may trade for. They’ll probably try to dish out a combo of PP, hill, Budinger, battier, Lee, Brooks or lowry and the picks. Martin, Scola, and yao are too valuable and play positions that are difficult to replace in this league, so i expect them to stay at all costs.

  • RV

    Yes, NY may bring opportunities to cover the taxes saved in TX, but what’s going to cover the opportunities he gets in china through houston? By the way, Melo’s currently in china filming a movie.

  • Bryan

    Im pretty sure when he is considering a place to play he wont care about the state tax…It will be whether the team can contend or atleast has future potential to contend

  • BK Chris

    4get melo, NY income taxes are too high for me! Everything is sky high here! Cigarettes are 12$ here for christ sakes!

  • logues

    o my god so damn greedy, your getting paid millions of dollars anyway. just be happy and appreciate what u got. this stuff makes me sick

  • MusketeerX

    I don’t think Melo is going to care about taxes when he is ready to leave his current extension on the table.

    I think it is about winning — teaming up with CP3 and whichever team allows him to do that.

  • Robb

    he’s going to NY no matter what

  • Rh377

    Brooks, Martin, Melo, Scola, Yao > Chalmers, Wade, Bron, Bosh, Ilgauskas.