After a hectic week, we’re slowly coming down to the conclusion in the recruitment of Carmelo Anthony. Probably the most surprising part of it all is that the New York Knicks are considered a favorite to re-sign there star, this following months of speculation that Melo wanted to be anywhere but the Big Apple.
That still doesn’t mean that the Knicks getting Carmelo back is a done deal, and according to a report from Sam Amick at USA TODAY, there is one team that scares them in regards to stealing him away, and that’s the Chicago Bulls.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Knicks are confident about their standing in the sweepstakes and consider the Bulls the only real threat among the many suitors. A decision is expected from Anthony by Monday, though the ever-present fluidity of free agency means there is no definitive timeline. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the negotiations.
The Bulls were the first team that Anthony spent time with when the free agency period opened up, and he got a chance to meet with Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose while he was there, although there’s a lot of dispute as to what Rose’s intentions were with his appearance.
Nonetheless, as the recruitment comes to a close, it’s looking as if the decision is coming down to either a move to Chicago, or Anthony buying into what Phil Jackson is selling and staying in New York.