The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks will likely enter free agency as the favorites to land Anthony.
The Bulls need a big upgrade on offense and Anthony could be that missing piece while the Knicks are where Anthony originally wanted to be and can offer him a bigger, longer deal than any other team.
If there is a trade between the Bulls and the Knicks, it would likely be a sign-and-trade that would send Anthony to Chicago, but according to a select few, it could be Bulls’ All-Star center Joakim Noah moving on to New York.
Although it is clearly not likely, Sam Smith of Bulls.com has heard the rumor.
New York is about stars. Plus, they have a shot at LeBron next summer if they hang onto ‘Melo; not if they lose him. So Phil’s got to get a star if he loses Anthony. I’ve heard this one: The Knicks get Noah and the Bulls get Tyson Chandler, a good expiring deal so they can go after Kevin Love next year, and Iman Shumpert, who is from Chicago and a good defender who Thibs would like and Pablo Prigioni, a good backup point if they lose Augustin and Hinrich.
Obviously, this seems like a long shot. The Bulls would basically be starting over and counting on free agents to win them a title, something that did not work out for them in 2010.