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?

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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.

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