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Reports: Carmelo Anthony unsure on Knicks, can’t get the Bulls out of his head

Jul 10, 2014, 9:44 PM EDT

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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?

Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Chicago:

I got a call. ‘Look, something has come up. Something is in the mix. Melo is having second thoughts. I don’t know what’s going on, but this is what it is.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ They said, ‘Chicago.’ Suddenly, Chicago is on the mind. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And this is somebody that is incredibly close to Carmelo Anthony who I completely trust as a source. This is what he was telling me. Couldn’t explain why, but just said, ‘Chicago is not out of the mix.’

‘Melo is sitting at home with his wife and family and talking about the Chicago Bulls.’ This is what they told me.

Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

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.

  1. jadaruler - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Lebron and Melo are more confused than teenage girls in vampire movies.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      no, they just want to win, and get paid at the same time, which is hard

  2. chicagosports2014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I remember Carmelo Mc Donald All American game, than went to Syracuse and snapped for that one season, gott a NCAA Championship

    💪

  3. spliff219 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    If he comes to chicago hes gonna have a team thats gonna wipe out Labron wherever he goes

    • Gary - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      Just like the Bulls did that year they were all healthy and they dominated the east?

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    These nonsensical posts have GOT to stop. Flat out making up lies now.

  5. lakerade - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:07 AM

    Melo going to CHI implies LeBron is going to CLE but they are not getting Love. In this scenario Melo will be on the better (best?) Eastern team next year, thus having to reconsider an actual chance at a ring vs the money.

  6. obmig - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    ESPN is just milking it. Those daytime shows with those jokers never make factual statements.

    • florida727 - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:23 AM

      It’s because they CAN’T make factual statements. I used to be “in the media”. I know what it’s like to have “sources”. Bottom line: professional athletes look at media like pariahs. They want to stay as far away from them as possible, so all the media types can do is speculate. What they actually KNOW would fit into a thimble. Anytime they “break” a story, it’s because the athlete decided to let them, nothing more. Journalism is a joke. Sports journalism is less than one.

  7. godelleb - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Carmelo to the Bulls would be a mistake, financially for Carmelo and personnel wise for the Bulls. The Bulls are much better waiting for Kevin Love, most likely at the trading deadline since the TWolves GM is delusional. The Bulls will then be able to add Mirotic and see how he fits into their mix. If he is a stud, as predicted, then the Bulls will already have a good stretch 4. The Bulls will also be able to hang onto Boozer until then. They don’t need a whole lot of room to sign Mirotic this year because he’d be playing with a salary based upon the third year of his rookie contract. Boozer’s expiring contract becomes valuable at the trading deadline. The Bulls and the rest of the NBA including the TWolves will also by then get to see how McDermott fits into the mix. The Bulls were +14 to .500 without Rose last season. IF, and it’s a big IF Rose is even 90% of what he used to be then the Bulls will be well over +20 to.500, will have a nice playoff seed, and will have acquired Love at a bargain price compared to what he costs now.

    • getlow81 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      You apparently don’t watch the Bulls very often, nor do you know much about the salary cap.

      They need a guy who can create his own shot more than a spot up 3 point shooter, especially considering Taj Gibson plays the 4 already and is a much better defender. Kevin Love does not take anybody off the dribble and score like a star perimeter player, which Melo is. Love is a great second option if they can’t get Melo, however, they would definitely have to give up at least 1-2 of their core players to get him. If Carmelo tells the Knicks he wants to go to Chicago, the Bulls can essentially force them into taking Boozer’s contract and a couple first rounders. Boozer actually would give them a nice trade exception, so the idea that they wouldn’t take him in the trade is a bit preposterous.

      To your point about, “Hanging on to Boozer,” that simply won’t and can’t happen. The Bulls have already told him to prepare to either be amnestied or traded before the season begins. Additionally, the Bulls front office will be publicly killed by local media and fans for bringing him back at all.

      Mirotic is not limited to ANY salary because he is coming over with a buyout to Real Madrid. He wants anywhere from $3MM to $8MM per season, much higher than the 3rd year salary of the 23rd overall pick would be if he came over that season. It would only be around $2MM in that case for this season.

  8. culppeper - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    OH GO TO CHICAGO ALREADY. HE IS NOT WORTH 129 MILLION. BUM

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