Carmelo Anthony Leaning Toward Leaving Knicks; Eyeing Bulls, Rockets
With the news yesterday that Knicks star Carmelo Anthony would most likely be opting out of the last year of his contract with the team, it now looks like may be one step closer to leaving the Big Apple. Anthony is reportedly leaning toward leaving the Knicks, and signing with either the Chicago Bulls or Houston Rockets, once either team creates the appropriate cap space to sign him:
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.
The Yahoo! Sports report goes on to say that while Anthony loves New York, he is looking to win now, and believes Chicago and Houston give him a better shot.
If winning is the primary factor in the decision, it would be hard to argue against Anthony’s logic. Personally, I have been lobbying for Melo to go to Chicago for a while, as it seems like the best fit for both parties. Melo desperately needs a well-respected coach to push him, and even discipline him at times, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau certainly fits that profile. On the other hand, the Bulls need someone who can score 30 on any given night, a guy that can pass the ball to when the offense stalls and just say “get us a bucket,” and Melo may be the best player in the league at just that.
Melo leaving may not be the worst case scenario for the Knicks either, as they would have a ton of cap space next offseason (around $50 million), and with Phil Jackson’s respect around the league, it is likely he could lure a prominent free agent. Also, the 2014-2015 Knicks team without Melo may be bad enough to give them a great shot at a top three pick, and let the quick rebuild begin.
Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder