Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks back to the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Carmelo Anthony wants the 'Dwight Howard treatment' in free agency

With Mike Woodson now gone from the New York Knicks, side from finding his replacement, the primary focus of Phil Jackson and the team has turned toward making sure that Carmelo Anthony stays in the Big Apple, despite the fact that he’s indicated that he intends to use his opt-out clause to hit the market this summer.

And according to the Sporting News (h/t CBS Sports), when Anthony does hit that market, he wants the same treatment that Dwight Howard got last season prior to eventually signing with the Houston Rockets.

Free agency opens on July 1, and, the source said, Anthony would like, “the Dwight Howard treatment.” That means he wants to go through the same sort of process that Howard went through last summer, when Howard set up shop in Los Angeles and set up meetings with five teams—Houston, the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta—each of whom came in and made formal presentations.

Undoubtedly, there will be a lot of teams out in full force to try to land the services of Anthony, and that has been said to include the possibility of him heading to Chicago to help out Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and company.

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