Carmelo Anthony recently revealed that he has not given any thought to signing with the Chicago Bulls as a free agent this offseason. As the New York Knicks currently sit nine games below .500, it’s best that Anthony not give much thought to signing with any other team when his focus should be on improving the status of his current team.
Even though the Knicks are struggling, Anthony will undoubtedly be one of the most prized free agent acquisitions of the season. However, now is not the time to agonize over the offseason when there are 37 games remaining in the regular season. Unfortunately, the frenzy surrounding the free agent season will only gain momentum going forward.
There’s no doubt that the Bulls are a more stable organization than the Knicks, which would allow Anthony to thrive, but don’t expect Anthony to declare his intentions right now. If he were to comment publicly about his feelings regarding every potential NBA team that he could sign with, it would undoubtedly have a negative impact his reputation within the Knicks locker room.
Don’t get me wrong, however — Anthony signing with the Bulls makes sense on some many levels. The Bulls have a great coach in place with Tom Thibodeau, and Anthony would make a nice addition to a team that struggles to score points with any consistency. However, the goal for Anthony is winning a championship, and there are huge question marks on Chicago’s roster.
The biggest question mark of all has to be Derrick Rose‘s future, which would likely weigh heavily on Anthony’s decision if he is to consider signing with Chicago. Joining Rose in Chicago is too risky at this point in Anthony’s career, and there’s no way of knowing how effective Rose will be going forward.
Then again, La La Anthony has spoken, and she thinks her husband will remain in New York. Considering all the “Melo Drama” that took place when Anthony was a member of the Denver Nuggets before he was traded to New York, he really has no other choice but to stick it out with the Knicks.