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.