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Report: Carmelo Anthony free agency tour to start with Dallas, Houston, Chicago

Jun 25, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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If Carmelo Anthony learned one thing from how LeBron James handled his 2010 free agency, it should be to try to do it as under the radar as possible. LeBron had an ESPN truck and anchor parked outside his meeting. Dwight Howard learned the lesson and last year he had a number of teams come to him and pitch free agency but it was about as quietly done as may be possible with a superstar player.

Anthony reportedly wants the full “Dwight Howard treatment” in terms of being recruited, we’ll see how under the radar he can keep that process.

Already ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting his first meetings.

There’s nothing new there, all of those teams have been linked to Carmelo Antony before.

Both the Rockets and Bulls need to make a couple of roster moves to free up cap space to make a big offer to Anthony — close to a max from Houston, less from the Bulls although how much depends on if Taj Gibson can stay on the roster. Dallas’ pitch got a lot more interesting today — Anthony’s friend Tyson Chandler will be back in Big D, paired with Dirk Nowitzki, a combo that already won a title.

There will be other teams (the Lakers and maybe Clippers, for example).

Anthony may want to make a quick decision but he could be the second domino to fall after LeBron James. Teams such as the three above would like to see what LeBron decides to do before committing to Anthony.

But don’t expect him to wait too long after free agency opens to try to make a decision.

  1. vols84 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Is anyone else really tired of this? These guys want to be treated like high school recruits all over again.

    • loubearkane - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      The AAU culture

      • chicagosports2014 - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:21 PM


    • kb2408 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      What’s wrong with that? I would love to have billion dollar corporations fawning over me and having my choice of which one I’m going to join.

      • miamatt - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Now THIS is a kb2408 comment I can agree with.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        california ego I see…

    • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      What’s wrong with that? They are free agents. What else are they supposed to do? And the players in the past fought hard so the players of the future could have this freedom because they didn’t – they often felt trapped.

      • jusdre313 - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        i really think its a whole group of people that just dont like the fact that these players can pick THEIR own team.. people are sheep… they b&tch about big companies vs the little guy until it come to sports and they feel teams should dictate a players future… freaking backwards a$s thinking IMO…

      • casualcommenter - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I completely agree with antistratfordian.

        I simply don’t understand fans who get upset about players considering their options.

        Who here would be upset if they had multiple good job offers? No one, right?

        So why would anyone be upset that players, like us, enjoy having multiple good job offers? If you don’t like free agency, then don’t read about it. Quite simple…

  2. phillycannon - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    So they are reuniting Tyson and Dirk….this aint 2010!!!! And why would Melo go to Dallas when they just got 2 people from the team he just opted out on? If they didnt do anything in Ny, what makes you think they going to do anything for Dallas. Melo is only doing this because he didnt have the “chance” to be wined and dined, yet.

    *sidebar* Who did Felton grease or snitch on, to not get any time for the gun???? Funny how he is now going to Dallas

    • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Melo and Chandler are BFFs.

      And New York didn’t also have Dirk. Remember him? Hall of Famer? Ring any bells?

      • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Who is this “Dirk”? He can’t be anyone if he played anywhere in Flyover Country other than Chicago!

        Won a championship, you say? Inconceivable! Only teams on the coasts win championships! This is Known Fact!

  3. csbanter - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    You can cross the Mavericks off this list, why would Melo want to play with part of the same lineup he decided to opt out from.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      So he could join a winner like Dirk… maybe?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Not even because of that, but solely because it simply isn’t happening.

  4. cmart0907 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he ends up in Chicago. Maybe Tom Thibodeau can teach him some defense. With Noah holding the middle down and Jimmy on the wing defending , and Rose penetrating the lane. Chicago will be top in the east with Carmelo. He wants to win. Chicago has the roster to help him. Just my opinion.

    • miamatt - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      While I don’t think Melo joining the Bulls simply catapults them to the top of the East (you have to admit Rose is a major question mark), I agree with the overall sentiment. I think a team can win a title with Anthony as the no. 1 scoring option, but it has to be a team with an overall defensive disposition. Thibs can teach defense to anybody, but you can’t teach somebody to score like Carmelo can.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      If anything, this increases the Knicks’ flexibility, thereby putting a dim on the already <10% chance that he was going to Chicago to begin with.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Can people PLEASE stop with the rumors about Melo going there (or ANYWHERE for that matter?)

  6. jzone954 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Knicks= the Miami dolphins of the NBA

    • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      That was uncalled for and I demand an apology.

      • mazblast - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Well, each did win its last title when Nixon was President.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:03 PM


      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Along with a third of the league, yet you outta town retards love to focus on the Knicks because it’s New York. Yokels.

  7. opinevain - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I kind of like the fact of Melo in Dallas. Carlisle can actually coach. Monta Ellis had a career year

    • antistratfordian - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      I think Melo in Dallas is perfect. Anthony probably wouldn’t want to join prime players who are better than he is – it would just make him look worse. Joining an older Dirk makes perfect sense for him. And Dirk can still ball at 36. He had a good year last year.

  8. kingperk123 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Go. To Dallas Dirk is More clutch than harden Ellis is becoming a beast and Tyson is OK right

  9. jzone954 - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    @anti. Sorry bro lol.

  10. tampajoey - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Wow, the Knicks are going to suck again next year.

    • edavidberg - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      At least they are making good moves. Build your team through the draft, the free agency route rarely pans out.

      • phillycannon - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        if the free agency thing doesnt pan out….tell me the last team besides the spurs(only 3 were drafted) to build through the draft and win a chip????????

      • edavidberg - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        Dallas drafted Nowitski. The Lakers drafted Kobe. The Celtics drafted Paul Pierce. Miami drafted D Wade. OKC drafted KD and Westbrook and Ibaka. And you mentioned the Spurs.

      • edavidberg - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        Also, I’m not saying you can’t sign any free agents, but you also can’t gut your team for Carmelo and expect to contend with a bunch of cast offs.

      • phillycannon - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

        I specifically said a championship…my man!!!!! Kobe wasnt drafted by the Lakerrs. Dirk is one player. Pierce only won because two other players were traded to the Celtics. And OKC, is self explanatory. You have no argument at all.

  11. sumkat - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Just curios, but how can the Mavs afford Melo if they already have Dirk and Chandler and Felton on the books? Are they the only guys under contract? The Mavs took on salary in that reported deal, they didn’t shed any

    Not saying they can’t, I was just unaware they had that kind of cap space

    • fbwangus8736 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      They had over $30 mill in cap space before the trade, only the Suns had more. I know its also depending on if the big 3 opt out in Miamithey would have more. But all that money would be used to sign them back.

  12. skins26portis - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    If Melo wants to win a ring he better go to the Rockets . Houston would have their big 3 with D-12, Harden, and Melo. That’s a good trio right there. Chicago would be ok but they better have Rose return to his Rookie form for them to be taken serious . Dallas would be a mistake cause the west is loaded.

    • urallstupid - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      pairing 2 players that dont play any D? does dwight howard get arm surgery and now has 8 arms? cause that’s what needs to happen to cover all the holes on D with harden/melo out there.

    • ddarqwon - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Unpopular truth.

  13. tombstone7 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    I don’t care….Melo will never win a Championship….he nds the ball way too much!

  14. fnc111 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    We know one thing. No big name free agent is coming to Chicago. Again.

  15. malek773 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    I’d love to see Melo end up in chicago but this is starting to look a lot like 4 years ago when Bron, Wade, and Bosh were the prize free agents. Something tells me that Miami is going to pull the big move and create a big 4. If Wade and Bosh opt out, I think its gonna happen and that would be awful if it did.

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