December 25, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) before playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony: Winning is no. 1 priority

The Carmelo Anthony bidding war in underway as NBA teams around the country attempt to lure in the superstar free agent in hopes of winning an NBA championship.

Among the teams vying for Anthony’s services are the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, and of course, the New York Knicks. While the Knicks have the advantage in terms of being able to offer Carmelo the most money, that may in fact not be his No. 1 priority going into next season.

During his meeting with the Houston Rockets today, which included the presence of All-Star center Dwight Howard, Anthony apparently made it clear that his first priority is winning:

In the end, Carmelo’s decision will really attest to what his priorities are. At this point it is pretty cut and dry that nearly all of his other options will provide a better team to potentially win a title easier than the Knicks, but he will have to leave a lot of money on the table.

Is Anthony willing to take a pay cut in order to join the likes of James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston? Or will Carmelo return to the Knicks with a rookie head coach in Derek Fisher and a proven winner in Phil Jackson in hopes of improving from last year’s lackluster season? Only time will tell.

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