It’s hard to imagine Houston as a great defensive team with Anthony and Harden on the floor together.
Hardaway was fine for a late first-round pick, and he’s fine for a supplemental wing scorer — a poor man’s Jamal Crawford, if you will. But that is a huge contract, even at the current modern salary levels. Hardaway’s average salary is something like 18 percent of the salary cap. You can’t be paying a guy who should be your fifth or sixth best player 18 percent of the cap! Math dictates that you don’t do that!
Once the Hawks refuse to match the offer sheet — I can’t imagine a world in which they match — this will become the second worst contract in the NBA … behind the deal the Knicks gave Joakim Noah last summer! At least Hardaway’s limbs are in working order (as far as we know).
Mike D’Antoni and Anthony aren’t the best of friends. In fact, D’Antoni admitted Anthony is the reason he is no longer with the New York Knicks. A trade to Houston means Anthony would have to commit to playing in that same system, and if it didn’t work out for them once it might not work out the next go round either.
Plus, Anthony isn’t a great defender. He never has been. It’s hard to imagine Houston as a great defensive team with Anthony and Harden on the floor together. They won’t have a defensive stopper who can match up with the top wings in the conference. They’ll have to outscore opponents every night without stops, which is possible but difficult.
The team’s depth will suffer to make the trade work. Some combination of Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, and Clint Capela will likely have to be included in the deal with Capela being the most untouchable player in any deal.
Anthony isn’t the same star player he used to be, but his $26 million salary Cheap Jerseys Supply makes it difficult to keep key players on the roster. Whether he’s worth that still remains to Cheap Jerseys Online be seen.