Those who believe that Carmelo Anthony might turn down the pending contract extension worth around $129 million from the New York Knicks, have pointed at the Los Angeles Lakers as a potential destination for the reigning scoring champion this summer. However, the Chicago Bulls have been clearing cap space and could potentially create room for a max deal. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, if Anthony does decide to wave New York goodbye, Chicago could be his preferred destination.
The losing, the decaying roster, has inspired ‘Melo to consider closely the possibilities of free agency this summer. WIthin the past several weeks, a longtime confidant of Carmelo Anthony confesses, something changed. Never did he believe there was a chance Anthony would leave the New York Knicks – never the Madison Square Garden stage, never the $129 million contract extension.
Only now, the gloom of the Knicks’ season – the uncertainty of the franchise’s future – left that man to believe it’s possible Anthony could leave New York in free agency.
“Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.,” the source said.
If we’re talking money, no one can offer more than the Knicks. But if Anthony seriously wants to win a championship, the Bulls are probably his best option. The Lakers have an aging Kobe Bryant to pair with Melo, but not much else. If the Bulls would amnesty Carlos Boozer and shed some more salary, they could offer Melo a decent shot at a championship, assuming former MVP Derrick Rose avoids any further injuries.