Regardless of what happens with the CBA talks, there is simply no way Anthony will lose anything close to the $40 million figure being propagated. People who cover the NBA, a league populated and run by attorneys, should know by now that the powers that be in the league office are focused on installing fair rules and a level playing field, a major pillar of which is based on a player’s seniority in the NBA. So we’re to believe that Rudy Gay will make $18 million per season while Anthony makes $11 million even though Gay has three fewer years of NBA service than Anthony? It quite plainly will never happen. The NBA would never abide such an inequitable system that would ultimately be impossible to justify in any type of rational way. Again, the NBA is legalistic in its administration, which means it will not want anything to do with a punitive salary structure. It has been somewhat shocking to read stories coming from longtime NBA reporters I greatly respect, who are suffering from myopia and expect the league to preside over a heavily imbalanced pay scale. For the sake of argument, if the owners achieve all of their objectives against the players on salary reduction, it will be across the board and balanced. It will almost certainly apply retroactively to salary extensions signed previously.Christopher Reina on why the financial aspect of Carmelo Anthony's extension decision is being misconstrued. NBA GMs and scouts speaking off the record have agreed with this assessment.