While the New York Knicks begin to outline their recruiting plan to re-sign Carmelo Anthony — it’ll likely consist of talking to him about the potential that the free agency class of 2015 carries — the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets are just licking their chops, waiting for their opportunity.
With Phil Jackson officially onboard as the “President” of the New York Knicks, they feel as confident as ever when it comes to re-signing Anthony after this season. However, so do the Bulls and Rockets.
Anthony has free-agent options, and two have risen above everything else: Chicago and Houston, sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo Sports. The Bulls have an easier path to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign Anthony, but the Rockets believe they can shed the contracts necessary to offer a third near-max deals alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources said.
“He’ll give New York every option,” one source with knowledge of Anthony’s plans told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. “But he has options – and he’s going to explore them all.”
Anthony would likely have to take less money in both situations and he’ll probably be forced into a lesser role, which could be a good thing.
Still, it appears that if he isn’t going to re-sign with the Knicks, the best bet is probably that’ll he’ll be joining the Bulls or Rockets.
We’re going to see exactly just how much pull Phil Jackson still has in the NBA.