Mar 30, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts on the court against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Knicks won 89-84. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony Deciding Between LA, NY and Chicago

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Frank Isola of the New York Daily News is reporting that Carmelo Anthony‘s free agency list is down to three destinations: the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls.

Carmelo Anthony is “torn” over where to spend the prime years of his career, according to a friend of the Knicks All Star forward.

Anthony, 30, is still debating his next move with the Knicks, Lakers and the Bulls as his top three choices, the source claims. Chicago is still in the running despite the fact that the Bulls, barring a sign-and-trade, cannot come close to matching the max deals the Knicks and Lakers offered Anthony last week. However, the Bulls do allow Anthony to stay in the Eastern Conference, play in the large market and join a contending team.

And that’s exactly the indications that we’ve been getting the past few days, even before the weekend. The Houston Rockets are essentially taking themselves out of the Melo race, in reportedly offering Chris Bosh a max contract.

The Dallas Mavericks were never realistically an option. Melo needs to figure out whether he’s willing to leave $30 million, or more, on the table in an attempt to join a “winning” team (in Chicago) or Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.

It’s not an easy of a decision as it looks.

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