Jan 24, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) smiles at the end of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden. the Knicks won 125-96. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reportedly favors Bulls over Lakers

Despite New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony‘s historical performance Friday night at The Garden, his future as a Knick is still in doubt, as even a 62-point game will not change that fact anytime soon.

While the magic Melo created should give him every reason to stay in blue and orange, it is going to take much more than that to make it a slam dunk for the Knicks.

Jan 24, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts and waves to the crowd after scoring 62 points in the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

I have reported a few times that the Chicago Bulls would be major players for Anthony in the offseason and after the Luol Deng trade the Knicks front office should be worried in a big way.

Apparently that is the feeling around the league as well.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

 ”Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.,” the source said.

The Bulls traded Luol Deng for draft picks and are leaning strongly toward using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer. They could create a maximum contract slot for Anthony, pairing him with Derrick Rose.

It has long been speculated that Chicago is a preferred destination of Anthony’s. Given the market size, the talent already in place, the draft pick the Bulls have accumulated to build for the future and Melo’s fondness for Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau, it makes perfect sense.

I give Melo credit for being reserved about his future.

However until he addresses it and makes a commitment to the Knicks, this will continue to be a daily story.

It makes very little sense for Anthony to remain in New York if he is serious about winning a championship.

But the magic he created Friday night can’t be created anywhere else. Hopefully that means something when it is all said and done.


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