Carmelo Anthony is going to be a hot commodity this offseason. Even though his team failed to secure a playoff spot — despite how dreadful the Eastern Conference has been this season — most believe that he is not to blame for such circumstances.
(For the record, he shouldn’t be blamed, either)
Free agency hasn’t even arrived yet, and we’ve already seen a myriad of NBA rumors surface regarding the future of Carmelo Anthony — and it’s just going to get worst.
As the first week of July continues to trickle closer, you’re going to hear about teams that “potentially” could chase Melo this offseason. However, we’re probably not going to know who really (seriously) wants him, until teams can actually talk about Anthony without getting hit with a tampering fine.
Nevertheless, Ian Begley of ESPN New York is giving us a sneak pick at said list. According to him, the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are going to join Chicago and New York in the pursuit of Anthony this offseason, as they should.
He should have a number of suitors on the open market. The Knicks can sign him to a five-year contract worth $129,135,806. If he signs with another team, the maximum he can get is $95,897,372 over four years.
The Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are among a group of teams expected to pursue him this summer.
Should be an interesting summer for such an interesting player. For once, it could be all about Carmelo and not about LeBron.