Melo has made over $100 mil in his career thus far. Whatever contract he was going to get after a new CBA would have been enough money to support me, my family and all my friends for the rest of our lives. That's not including the $100 mil he's already made. You guys make it sound like he was going to be in the poor house if he didn't demand the trade. He's a max star, he would have been fine. The other players that are free agents this year and are not max stars stand to lose the most money in the new CBA. Yet we didn't hear a peep from them.
We're talking about the difference between $165 mil total and probably $150 mil total salary (not including all his newly found endorsement deals for being in NY). When a businessman or congressman makes those sort of decisions we all call it greed but when an athlete on our favorite team does it we call it a "smart business move" and "he's got to look out for his family". SMH.