The New York Knicks top priority this season is to re-sign Carmelo Anthony as there is no bigger issue facing the team next to hiring a new head coach. Steve Kerr seems to be the man for the job but Melo’s future with the Knicks isn’t so clear.
According to Marc Stein from ESPN.com, the New York Knicks want to re-sign Melo and are confident that they can but they are very nervous about the Bulls swooping in and stealing him away from them.
This makes sense to an extent, as the Bulls are out of the postseason and we need an excuse to talk about them. But realistically, the Bulls signing Melo is a lot like the Dwight Howard trade scenarios that were floated in Chicago while Howard was with the Magic and then with the Lakers.
The money is tight in Chicago, but Stein highlights two major factors in predicting a Bulls run at Melo. The first is that Carlos Boozer’s contract would be entirely off the books if he’s amnestied and the Bulls have nearly $5 million in non-guaranteed contracts on their bench.
Still, a run at Melo is still al ing shot for the Bulls, as they’re focus is on bringing over third year draft pick Nikola Mirotic and not so much on breaking the bank on Melo — but things, specifically aided by losing in the first round of the postseason, change and strategies can be altered.