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Report: Carmelo Anthony may be delaying his decision to see if he can join LeBron James in Miami

Jul 8, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

The longer the biggest names in free agency wait to make their respective decisions, the more time we have to speculate on the reasons we haven’t yet heard about their choices.

A new scenario has been floated where Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are concerned, and it seems to be rooted more in guesswork than it is in reality. But since that’s never stopped us before, let’s proceed.

The latest rumblings out of Miami are that Chris Bosh has had direct discussions with the Houston Rockets, and has been offered a four-year max contract if in fact he chooses to leave Miami in free agency. It’s believed to be a contingency plan for Bosh, considering that he has said many times and continues to maintain that his preference is to return to the Heat, as long as LeBron does the same.

Anthony was reportedly weighing his decision, with the Lakers, Knicks and Bulls all believed to be still in the running. It was also reported that we could have heard from him on Monday, but the day came and went without a word from Anthony or his representatives. And the reason, it’s being speculated, ties into that offer that Bosh received from the Rockets.

From Marc Stein of

Popular question raised by last five teams I’ve talked to: Is Melo holding out in hopes Bosh goes to Houston so he can join LeBron in Miami?

And from Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The Knicks expected Carmelo Anthony’s decision by Monday, but heard only crickets. A growing belief within the organization is Anthony is waiting to make sure there is no possible way of hooking up with LeBron James in Miami or Los Angeles.

While Anthony monitors the South Beach drama, James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley — as soon as Tuesday. The Post has reported the Big 4 scenario was virtually impossible, but if power forward Chris Bosh is wowed by the money in Texas, either Dallas or Houston, that could open a spot for a new Big 3 of James, Anthony and Dwyane Wade splitting the remaining cap space.

It’s out there, and teams are discussing it. But it’s purely speculative, and there are even further leaps being taken by those who feel that LeBron may be intentionally jerking Bosh around in hopes he does leave, which would create a slot to add Anthony as his replacement.

The one thing that tends to get lost this time of year is that players, you know, talk to each other. Just because it hasn’t been reported on doesn’t mean that LeBron, Wade and Bosh haven’t had any conversations beyond their initial formal meeting to hash out the financial details of their future contacts in Miami. The point being, it’s highly unlikely that LeBron’s teammates remain as in the dark about everything as the rest of us.

All of this seems fairly far-fetched, mainly because Bosh, again, wants to stay in Miami if LeBron returns as expected. But if he should leave, it’s at least possible that Anthony would want to keep his options open to slide into his spot.

  1. daveshingle - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I don’t blame Bosh for waiting on Lebron. The Heat might not even make the postseason without him.

    • dablakdrphil - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      They’re in the East, even without LeBron, Miami could still make the playoffs in that joke of a conference

    • turnmymicup - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      We won a championship before James came to town. Real Heat fans aren’t worried. If LeBron comes back great. If not Thx for the rings Bron, then keep it moving.

      • micknangold - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        What’s a “real Heat fan”?

  2. getlow81 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I highly doubt that Melo wants to go to Miami…his wife wants to be involved in a different kind of big three. As in one of the 3 biggest markets in the country. New York, LA, or Chicago.

    I see a slim to none chance that he goes to Miami with LeBron.

    If anything Melo, like everybody else, is waiting for LBJ to decide what he wants to do and where he’s going. Once that becomes known, then he’ll decide what he wants to do.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s something going on between NY and Chicago on a sign and trade deal. We really haven’t heard anything out of Chicago since last week when they were talking to Mirotic. LA giving a max deal actually helps the Bulls more than hurts them, especially if NY believes that Melo really wants to go to LA.

    The Bulls can say “Hey guys, look, you can lose Carmelo for absolutely nothing. Or, you know, if you’d like. You can take a couple first rounders and Boozer, (Or any numerous combo of players the Bulls have with non-guaranteed deals) allowing you to have a huge trade exception and get some picks that you wouldn’t get otherwise.” The longer this drags out, the more nervous and antsy I see the Knicks getting.

    • andreboy1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      There’s NO way that either Carmelo or LBJ goes somewhere just to appease their S.O.

      LBJ’s wife would be making 35K a year instead she’s living a life of luxury because of her husband.

      La La hotsted TRL like 10 years ago gets small bit roles in movies and that’s about it. She’s not a power player in the industry.

      You’ll are crazy when you talk about them making their decision as if the wives having anything to do with it.

      • genericcommenter - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        I know (mostly from looking at IMDB recently) that La La has some movie roles recently, but whenever anyone brings up her career as a motivating factor in free agency I always have to stop and ask myself- What? Has she even done anything since TRL 12 years ago?. I honestly have not seen her on a screen since before Melo was even an NBA player.

  3. kb2408 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    I think if Riley didn’t want Bosh, by now Bosh would know it. What would be Riley’s reason for waiting to tell him? If the plan is to let Bosh walk and use the money for Melo wouldn’t they have already done it by now?

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I don’t believe this. Just ESPN trying to bring life back to this saga.

  5. muathjam21 - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Earth to PFT: what you have cited is NOT a report. It’s a guess.

    For f’s sake.

  6. dablakdrphil - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    The NBA Free Agency of 2014 is so boring! I wish one of these superstars make a decision to jump start this thing already. It’s been a week into free agency and only minimal deals have been made.

    I’ll have more fun watching my grandmother play Bingo than this very slow and boring process that’s called Free Agency


  7. onbucky96 - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    REPORT: Carmelo Anthony will play for Hogwarts next season.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    1. He was never leaving in the first place.

    2. He was waiting to see if Phil could get LeBron to New York, NOT the other way around.

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