Day No. 8 came and went without a commitment from
He remained "torn" on his decision, the New York Daily News attributed to an unnamed friend of Anthony's, and the Lakers remained very much in limbo.
Lakers General Manager
If Anthony agrees to join the Lakers, another commitment is expected to come quickly from
Until then, the Lakers sit around and wait.
They've done this before on a smaller scale, not re-signing
This is different.
This is trying to entice a player to leave more money on the table and turn his back on the city where he grew up and the team he called home the last 3 1/2 seasons.
But how much money would he really leave behind if he chose the Lakers over the Knicks?
On paper, he would accept a four-year, $95.9-million contract instead of a five-year, $129.1-million deal.
In reality, New Jersey-based certified public accountant Robert Raiola said Anthony would net closer to $66.7 million with the Knicks after taxes, compared to $49.3 million with the Lakers.
New York's offer would still be larger, but by a more modest $17.4 million.
Independent salary cap expert Larry Coon argued the comparison itself was moot, unless the player was primarily focused on guaranteed salary.
"Comparing a four-year contract to a five-year contract is like comparing apples to oranges," Coon told The Times. "A player who signs a four-year contract can presume he will sign for a fifth year down the line. It's not a matter of leaving that money on the table, it's a matter of locking in that money, and his future value, right now."
Anthony, who won an
"For Anthony, other factors may come into play," Coon said. "There could be a new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players' union in 2017. It could very well be more favorable to the players.
"In addition, the
From the beginning, the Lakers have appealed to Anthony's business sense, pitching him on the one thing they have over New York — Hollywood instead of Wall Street.
Another thing mentioned in the meeting was a possible venture for Anthony's wife, Alani "
At the same time, though, the Lakers also told Anthony they didn't need him to sell tickets.
They needed something different than that from him. They needed his help to win more games.