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.
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.