Reports: Carmelo Anthony unsure on Knicks, can’t get the Bulls out of his head
Carmelo Anthony reportedly decided to re-sign with the Knicks.
Maybe Melo actually believed he’d stay in New York, and maybe he still will.
But not even Phil Jackson has heard from Melo, and this silence is strange.
What’s going on with the second-most-sought-after free agent on the market?
Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:
Carmelo Anthony's intentions have not been communicated to the Bulls, source says. But Chicago has cap-clearing moves teed up.— Ken Berger (@KBergNBA) July 11, 2014
Not much has changed since Melo visited teams. If he wants to make the most money, he’ll choose New York. If he wants the best team, he’ll choose Chicago or Houston. I wouldn’t blame him for prioritizing either factor.
The offensively deficient Bulls also represent the best fit for Melo, whose singular scoring talent would be well-complemented by Chicago’s defense-first, hustling role players. The Bulls were my early favorite to nab Melo for a reason.
But the Knicks also overtook them in the chase for a reason.
Melo is deliberating on where to spend the next three to five years of his life. I don’t blame him for having second thoughts and taking his time to consider all his options.
I also wouldn’t completely dismiss the idea that Melo’s advisors, unhappy his intention to sign with the Knicks leaked before they were ready to announce it, are spreading false information in order to justifying delaying an announcement. Now, if Melo declares an intention to sign with New York, he’d be controlling the message.
But if Melo is choosing between the Knicks and Bulls and doesn’t know which way to turn, that would make a lot of sense, too. It’s a tough decision.