New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony appears fed up with the organization and their inability to win consistently and is looking for an opportunity to win immediately. A report on Saturday from ESPN indicated that New York Knicks president Phil Jackson tried to persuade Anthony to stay one more season, but Anthony wasn’t biting.
Sources told ESPN.com earlier this week that Jackson is continuing to urge Anthony to exercise next season’s $23.3 million player option and put off unrestricted free agency for one more year. Anthony, according to sources, has until June 23 to inform the Knicks whether he plans to opt out.
The market is certainly there for a star player of Anthony’s caliber, and every team with the available cap space or the ability to clear the cap space would be in pursuit of him. There have been rumors of Anthony teaming up with LeBron James and company in Miami, amongst other teams. A report this morning from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, labels two of those teams as front runners.
[Anthony] awaits the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign him in free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
As re-signing with the Knicks continues to fade as his priority, Chicago and Houston have emerged as the clear frontrunners to acquire Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Chicago has continued to win despite barely having former Most Valuable Player and point guard Derrick Rose. Chicago is a big market and there are quality pieces around to entice a superstar.
It might not be as appealing as the Rockets though. Anthony would have two other legitimate stars in center Dwight Howard and guard James Harden, a quality scoring threat.
Both teams have hurdles though and need to clear the cap space required to sign Anthony. Wojnarowski says they’re also working on sign-and-trade scenarios with New York as well.