Are New York’s Taxes Too High for Melo?

by August 25, 2010

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.”