Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks back to the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony rumors: New York Knicks return looking more likely

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As Carmelo Anthony goes on his free agent tour, the red carpet is being rolled out for him everywhere he goes. On Tuesday he was greeted by a very nice Chicago Bulls contingent that consisted of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah; and on Wednesday, the Houston Rockets gave him quite the warm welcome as well.

Now you would think that these teams wouldn’t feel the need to go too far to convince Melo to leave the New York Knicks, because that’s a foregone conclusion, right?

Well, it seems that might not be the case after all. Recently, the first team to meet with Anthony, the Bulls, have shown some new-found interest in Pau Gasol, and as ESPN’s Marc Stein reports, that might be because they had a difficult time convincing him to leave New York.

To that point, with the Bulls long being considered the front runner for his services, the other teams in pursuit might be just a bit nervous, while the Knicks and Phil Jackson may be smirking in the Big Apple.

Again, for the longest time, and maybe for headline purposes, the idea of Carmelo leaving the Knicks has almost been seen as a given. When Jackson expressed confidence about Carmelo returning recently, people wondered if he was delusional.

Well, Jackson might not be as out of touch with reality as some thought he was.

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