Dec 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) defends against New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony awaiting Bulls, Rockets bidding war?

Carmelo Anthony will wait for the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls to make cap space, at which point, both teams will try to sign him. Stephan A. Smith of ESPN First Take has mentioned many times that Anthony is a business man and he is looking to get paid.

This is the perfect situation for any business man — pit two of the parties competing for your services against one another. He is only boosting up the asking price. This likely means that he will not be going to the Miami Heat, not under current circumstances at least.

He has been traced to both the Bulls and Rockets through rumors. Now, league sources told Yahoo Sports that those two teams are officially front runners in the Anthony-sweepstakes. 

“His heart is in New York,” one source familiar with Anthony’s thinking told Yahoo Sports, “but he wants a chance to win now.”

Burdened by salaries like Amar’e Stoudemire’s, the Knicks may be a long way from winning a Championship. Derek Fisher or not, Carmelo was ready to leave New York’s relatively talent-less roster, especially when Phil Jackson reportedly asked him to take less money. Carmelo was out.

According to Yahoo! writer Adrian Wojnarowksi, the Rockets can make space by shedding the contracts of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to clear most of the space to sign Anthony to a max contract. For Chicago to sign Anthony, the Bulls will need to amnesty the contract of Carlos Boozer, get rid of forward Taj Gibson and shed the contract of at least one more player.

If Carmelo Anthony wants to win a championship as much as he says he does, then he could be well worth it — on the other hand, if he wanted to win that bad, he also might have been willing to settle for less money.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls Houston Rockets Miami Heat New York Knicks

  • Bob Fusky

    Bulls fit, could not think of a worse fit than the Rockets. No defense already. Good piece on Melo’s impending free agency on Straighthoops today – worth a read:

  • Jenffrj

    In one year, the Knicks, with loads of cap space, and led by Phil Jackson will have just as good a chance to win as these other teams. The team can be hand-crafted personally by the Zen Master. I can’t wait to enjoy the results. Unfortunately, it seems as though Carmelo can’t wait either. He will jump into an unknown and unstable situation and be stuck there for years. The Heat have just demonstrated that winning it all is never guaranteed. Maybe team chemistry means more than a few “super stars.”

    • Moonscope

      Even if Phil Jackson can lure some other superstars to NYK putting pieces around them is difficult in the short term due to his lack of draft picks and salary cap exceptions allowed once you use your cap space. So it’s more than likely that it will be 2016 before they seriously can be contenders.

      • Jenffrj

        Well, as I stated, I’m looking for a well-balanced TEAM, and not a bunch of ill-fitting “super stars.” The only exception to this would be in 2016 when Fisher’s buddy, Kevin Durant should be available. Team chemistry, like the Knicks had in 1970 and 1973, is more important than individual statistics. Of course, Phil Jackson was on those Knicks. You can have Melo, as Knicks fans would likely prefer our hand-crafted team by the Master.