Miami Heat free agent forward LeBron James and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony hold all of the cards right now.
Until James and Anthony sign, they will hold up the rest of the NBA. Once they make their decisions, the dominoes will likely fall quickly. James is reportedly choosing between the Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers while Anthony looks set to pick between the Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers (he also visited the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets). However, many believe their ultimate plan was to play together.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, who spoke to a friend of Anthony, Anthony’s “dream” is to play with James in New York.
This is Carmelo Anthony’s “dream” — play in New York with LeBron James this season.
That’s right. New York. Not Miami.
Too bad it’s a long shot to happen.
According to a friend of Anthony’s, Melo has held out faint hope Knicks president Phil Jackson can pull a miracle and clear out the necessary salary-cap space to get it done, but he is running out of time. Anthony’s decision could come in the next couple of days…
…“He really wants LeBron to come to New York,’’ the source said. “That’s his dream right now. Phil is trying to get it done.’’
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season. Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line last season.