Mar 12, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the ball during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The Knicks won 116-92. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets believe they can land Carmelo Anthony

Although there is more optimism surrounding the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony with Phil Jackson now in the fold, Anthony is expected to have several suitors when he hits free agency in the offseason.

According to the great Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets believe they can land Anthony. 

Anthony has free-agent options, and two have risen above everything else: Chicago and Houston, sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo Sports. The Bulls have an easier path to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign Anthony, but the Rockets believe they can shed the contracts necessary to offer a third near-max deals alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources said.

“He’ll give New York every option,” one source with knowledge of Anthony’s plans told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday. “But he has options – and he’s going to explore them all.”

In both cases, Anthony could be the missing piece to put that team over the top.

Anthony is averaging 28.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season.

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  • swagcity hooptown

    You got to go with the Bulls, that team is terrific on defense and every players play their hearts out. With Melo and DRose back they will have great offense and defense.

    • Derrick Lee

      Who knows when drose will be back and in what form. That’s a big gamble for melo.

      • swagcity hooptown

        As of now, the Bulls are 4th place in the East, they beat Miami twice or more with a defensive squad and no offense star. Adding even just Melo to it will vastly upgrade them to another level. I don’t think it would be a gamble for Melo at all. DRose will add to it even if he is 60%. Currently NY Knicks sucks because their lack of defense. It ironic because Woodson pride himself as a defensive coach, to me staying back at NY is a bigger gamble.

  • datdudedre’

    As a diehard Bulls fan, I have been torn about the whole “Melo to Chicago” deal. On one hand, he’s exactly what we need: instant offense! He can create his own shot, can score every way imaginable and will need to be accounted for by opposing defenses at all times. He would clearly exceed the requirement for a number 2 scorer. He would give the Bulls a damn good 2nd option when we’re in the waning seconds in the 4th qtr of a close game, and could carry the offense when Rose goes out for a breather. D-Rose, Melo and Noah would form a Big 3 that would put Chicago instantly atop the East. However, there are concerns with a player like him. He is strictly a scorer. A “me-first” type of player who’s more concerned with getting his 30 than he is about anything else. He has shown a total lack of defensive commitment throughout his career, and he doesn’t make the players around him any better. But most importantly, he just doesn’t appear to be a winner. He has spent most of his 10 yr career getting bounced in the 1st round, even when he had a pretty capable team in Denver. What I really fear though, is chemistry. He just doesn’t appear to be a “Bulls” type of player, or a Coach Thibodeau type of player. Will he play defense like his life depended on it? Dive on the floor for loose balls? Play physical and unselfish? How would he react when Coach Thibs benches him in the 4th qtr for a defensive player, as we’ve seen him do with Carlos Boozer (another offense only player)? The Bulls have clawed their way into a 4 seed without their 2 best players (Rose, Deng). They are devoid of ego, and they leave it all on the court every night. The Bulls are a scrappy bunch, winning games with rebounding, defense and tenacity. Melo could change all of that, for the better or for the worse.