Now that LeBron James has made his decision to return to Cleveland and it appears Chris Bosh is on the first plane to Houston, the NBA world and more importantly New York Knicks fans await the decision of free agent Carmelo Anthony.
According to many reports, Anthony has limited his choice down to two team- the Knicks and Chicago Bulls- with the Los Angeles Lakers being out of the running.
However Anthony, who was expected to re-sign with the Knicks just a couple of days ago, doesn’t seem close to making a decision.
As it has pretty much since Anthony made his intentions clear to test free agency, it all will come down to what Melo values more, money or the chance to compete for a championship.
Whichever decision, you really can’t fault him either way.
The Knicks have the financial advantage as they can offer him a maximum salary of $129 million of five years. They likely won’t be in a position to compete for a championship anytime soon, but the Knicks give Anthony the opportunity to cash in.
As for the Bulls, they offer him an immediate chance to contend for a championship, but would have to make a series of moves to clear the necessary cap space to sign Melo.
Hearing that the Lakers are out of the mix could really hurt Chicago’s chances as the Knicks would have no incentive to even discuss a sign-and-trade.
Anthony has indicated in the past that he’d be willing to take less money, but the Knicks came with a reported max offer anyways.
Yet Melo would have to take significantly less to sign with the Bulls, even though reports surfaced on Wednesday suggested he was seriously starting to consider Chicago.
Of course Anthony could hold out long enough to hope the Knicks would agree to the sign and trade so he both gets his money and a chance to win, but that is rolling the dice.
Regardless, it looks like Anthony won’t be announcing a decision anytime soon and he has a lot to weigh.
Until he announces it appears to be anyone’s guess, but it looks like we are down to the final two teams in the Melo sweepstakes.