The NBA trade deadline is dictating a lot of the conversation in basketball at the moment but perhaps the biggest name being discussed isn’t likely to move until the summer rolls around. That’s when Carmelo Anthony is expected to opt-out of his contract with the New York Knicks and test free agency.
So far, reports and rumors point towards the Chicago Bulls having the best chance at landing Melo when he hits the market, and we can add Chris Broussard and his infamous sources to the line of people saying Chicago will go hard after Melo.
In Broussard’s latest piece, he mentions that several NBA executives believe the Bulls will indeed make a run at signing Melo in the offseason. Broussard even states that a few of the folks he’s talked to are completely convinced that the Bulls are in on Anthony.
This of course clashes with reports out of the Chicago sports writing scene that say the Bulls are focused only on bringing over Nikola Mirotic from Spain and simply don’t have the cash to spend on maxing out Melo. All of the rumors regarding Antony need to be taken with a grain of salt, but the Bulls ability to land Mirotic has always been the X-factor in whether or not they’ll be in on Anthony this summer.
Carmelo Anthony won’t opt-out of his contract until after the season, which means we could just be hearing executives giving each other the run around before the rumors start getting real later in the year.