Free Agency 2014: Carmelo Anthony most likely to return to New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony’s departure from the New York Knicks looks increasingly less likely, according to various reports Friday.

The free agent met with Knicks President Phil Jackson in Los Angeles after being hosted by the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

It is thought that Phil Jackson arrived to the meeting armed with a $129 million, five-year extension for the star forward, a sum and contract length no other team could match.

The move came after the Lakers reportedly offered the maximum amount they could, a four-year $95 million deal to play alongside Bryant.

With the Bulls likely to refuse to offer Anthony a similar salary in an effort to build a deep roster, Chicago believes they are now a long-shot destination. According to the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Jones, Bulls center Joakim Noah has been telling people he doesn’t think Anthony will sign in Chicago.

With Houston needing to perform complex salary-cap maneuvers and the Mavericks unable to boast a true contending package with the aging Dirk Nowtizki, the Bulls were considered the frontrunner should Anthony choose to leave town.

Although Anthony recently mentioned he would leave money on the table if it meant improving his chase for a title, the Knicks’ offer of the maximum amount is sure to play a huge factor in his looming decision.

 

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