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Carmelo Anthony Reveals The Downside Of Athletes Taking Pay Cuts

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NBA free agency is about to kick off shortly and numerous teams will be canvassing the league in hopes of improving their rosters ahead of the 2024-25 NBA season.

Contending teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers have been actively looking for upgrades, while teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers will be looking to join the fray as well.

Under the new CBA, finding talent on bargain deals is crucial to fielding a championship-level roster especially because trades will be harder to execute due to the new rules regarding the first and second aprons.

General managers will need to be more prudent and creative in finding players who fit team needs but also won’t break the bank.

Every offseason, there are a few older veteran players who opt to ring chase and sign minimum deals with contenders in hopes of winning that elusive title and this free agency period is no different.

However, former NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony explained why accepting less to play for a team often spells the end of a player’s career via 7PM in Brooklyn.

“Once you do it, it’s over,” Anthony said.

"Once you do it, it's over." Melo and Andre Iguodala discuss how taking a pay cut can be a slippery slope

— 7PM in Brooklyn (@7PMinBrooklyn) June 30, 2024

Anthony explains that accepting an offer for pennies on the dollar effectively sets that player’s market and they won’t see more guaranteed money if they decide to play longer.

He also goes on to explain that teams will hold that against their head in negotiations and argue that they should accept less for the good of the team.

Anthony makes a good point, but unfortunately some players don’t have a choice if they hope to win a title.

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