The drama surrounding New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony is only going to get worse.
With the season ending on Wednesday night and the Knicks eliminated from playoff contention, all of the talk will surround Anthony’s impending free agency.
The Chicago Bulls have been one of the most talked about potential destinations for Anthony. They have an elite defense, ranking second in the league in defensive rating and are expected to return star point guard Derrick Rose.
Although the Bulls would have to get creative to gain enough cap space to sign Anthony, it can be done.
However, they won’t be the only team after Anthony.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers are expected to join the Bulls in pursuit of Anthony.
He should have a number of suitors on the open market. The Knicks can sign him to a five-year contract worth $129,135,806. If he signs with another team, the maximum he can get is $95,897,372 over four years.
The Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are among a group of teams expected to pursue him this summer.
Anthony is averaging 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.