Wednesday, May 19, 2010

John Wall Hangover: Carmelo, Too?

OK, now I'm going to get greedy:

I want Ted Leonsis to sit on the Wizards' cap room in 2010 (they weren't going to get LeBron or Wade anyway, and Bosh and Gay aren't worth it), setting up a compelling pitch to Carmelo Anthony in the summer of 2011. The Wiz can offer max money, a tandem with Wall and -- this is huge -- proximity to Melo's beloved Baltimore.

Here is my killer idea: If I was Leonsis, I would absolutely dangle putting 4-6 Wizards "home" games in Baltimore as a sweetener to Carmelo; I believe that kind of detail would seal the deal. Combine that with plenty of draft picks this year and next year, and things suddenly get very interesting for the Wiz.

One other detail. Consider DC's athlete Mount Rushmore today: Alex Ovechkin, Stephen Strasburg, John Wall and Bryce Harper. (Sorry, Donovan McNabb. You too, Gilbert Arenas.) Cripes: That's a sick sports-star foundation for a city, and it doesn't even include an NFL star or a rep from one of the city's local college hoops teams.

Hmm: Given all the national-level star wattage, could "ESPN DC" be far behind? (If that's the case, memo to Rob King and Kevin Jackson: Pay what it takes to get Dan Steinberg to be the editor of ESPNDC.com.)

-- D.S.

1 comment:

Kyle said...

Baltimore would go absolutely nuts to have the Bullets and Melo play a few games in their original home. We can only hope Melo would too. What a great idea.