According to league sources, Carmelo Anthony will meet with three teams as soon as free agents are allowed to negotiate contracts on July 1st. He will meet the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and, yes, our Chicago Bulls.
Those three teams will have a shot to make their case for Anthony to not go back to New York and the Knicks.
The Knicks can offer $33 million more than the other three teams, so how much Anthony weighs winning a title over money will be found out in the next couple of weeks.
Some have speculated that the Bulls are the favorites in acquiring Anthony. Word from his camp is that there isn’t any clear favorite at the moment.
Another team that may be a dark horse comes from Los Angeles. The Lakers are not on Anthony’s list at the moment, but Kobe Bryant is expected to make a pitch to Anthony. Hearing from Kobe himself would go a long way to try to convince Anthony.
Fans and media in Miami still talk about a possible move to South Beach, but there has been no talk from either the Big 3 or Anthony about getting together. Last week, Pat Riley said in a press conference that acquiring Carmelo Anthony is “a pipe dream.”
Let’s hope that the front office and coach Tom Thibodeau can show a united front and bring Carmelo Anthony to Chicago.