Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Alan Anderson (6) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Chicago Bulls, Lakers, and Knicks Finalists For Carmelo Anthony

As the NBA world continues to wait for a decision from Carmelo Anthony, a report out of New York indicates that Anthony has narrowed his list of potential teams to three.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, Anthony is torn between the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks.

[New York Daily News]

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.

If the Bulls were not a serious contender to sign Anthony, then Anthony would have already signed with the Lakers or Knicks by now. The longer that Anthony takes with his decision, the better the chances are that the Bulls will be able to pry him away from New York.

In addition to their ability to win-now, the Bulls are banking on the idea that they connected with Anthony on a personal level last week when the two sides met in Chicago.

[Chicago Tribune]

Though many expected Anthony to make his decision by the end of the holiday weekend, the fact he hasn’t immediately accepted maximum offers from the Knicks and Lakers has to be an encouraging sign. The Bulls believe they made an impression on Anthony during their Chicago-based recruiting pitch last Tuesday, connecting with him professionally and personally.

It is rather interesting that Anthony has yet to make a decision. The fact that Anthony hasn’t announced anything yet could be a sign that the Bulls and Knicks are working out a sign-and-trade. A sign-and-trade would be the most ideal outcome for Anthony and the Bulls if the all-star indeed wants to head to Chicago.

There is still no timetable on when Anthony will announce his decision. Reports indicated that a decision would come on Monday, however, that no longer appears to be likely.

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