November 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Bulls, Rockets Favorites For Carmelo Anthony


NBA Rumors

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is reportedly “leaning towards” leaving his beloved New York Knicks. His favorites, according to a Yahoo report? The Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets.

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward leaving in pursuit of immediate championship contention, and awaits the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign him in free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

As re-signing with the Knicks continues to fade as his priority, Chicago and Houston have emerged as the clear frontrunners to acquire Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Chicago and Houston front-office executives are working diligently on contingencies to clear the space to sign Anthony outright – or engage sign-and-trade scenarios with New York, sources said.

“His heart is in New York,” one source familiar with Anthony’s thinking told Yahoo Sports, “but he wants a chance to win now.”

Wojnarowski writes that Anthony has expressed interest in taking less than the maximum money allowed, but that involves situations where he can be shown how his “financial concessions can result in the immediate acquisition or retention of talent.” And that’s not New York, but could be the case for the Bulls, Rockets and possibly, if you believe the reports from a few days ago, the Miami Heat.

Possibly.

Carmelo Anthony, reportedly, hasn’t shown any interest in talking less for any hypothetical signings in 2015 or 2016 for the Knicks.

It sure sounds like he’s made a decision, at least one, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be in a Knicks uniform next season.

 

 

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  • Schaumburg Kenny

    Yeah. I’ll believe it when I see it. I think he’s just posturing to get the Knicks to try and acquire more talent around him. I *highly* doubt he leaves 30 million on the table with a five year contract when he’s approaching 30 and his most effective years might only be the first two of his contract (making the last three some team’s poison pill). I truly believe Anthony feels indebted to the Knicks for trading so much to get him out of Denver at Anthony’s own request. I think his wife LaLa loves living in the city where her TV show is shot. I think Anthony loves the limelight of New York. And, now that the Knicks have brought in Phil Jackson *and* Derek Fisher to coach, I see zero chance Carmelo abandons them. The *only* way I could see him leave is if James, Wade, and Bosh all opt out and resign for less so the Heat could offer Anthony a near max deal. The warmth all year round of South Beach plus the no state Income Tax would lessen the financial blow some (but I could see a *divorce* in his near future if he pulled the trigger). So, the *only* way I’ll believe this is when it’s *officially* announced. If Anthony has already decided on New York or Miami, I could see him pull something slimy like Wade/James did to try to get two NBA rivals to discard assets (like the Bulls did with Kirk Hinrich) to get under the cap to sign him (and “lessen” their championship contention ability). Like I said: “slimy”…