Since the New York Knicks are just plain awful, we might as well start spreading rumors about Carmelo Anthony and his free agency plans. The worse the season gets for the Knicks, the quicker the rumor fire spreads and the likelihood of Anthony leaving the Big Apple rises.
The latest piece of bologna to stick to the wall is that of Joakim Noah. According to sources, including ESPN, Noah began “recruiting” Anthony over the All-Star Weekend. The story goes that Anthony was interested in learning about Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau because the Knicks are interested in the coach. So, Anthony approached Noah and it just so happens that Noah approached Anthony about coming to play for the Bulls.
It seems like a great plan, considering Derrick Rose should be back and Noah has begun to turn into a star himself, but there are some financial problems I would like to point out. Chicago has some hefty contracts like Carlos Boozer. According to ESPN, if the Bulls wanted to make this work, they would have to use the amnesty clause on Boozer and his $16.8 million contract. That would allow Chicago the ability to start Anthony off at $15 million. If the Bulls can also find a way to trade Mike Dunleavy, then they could offer Anthony $18 million to start. They also have a rather wide-open roster for next season.
Anthony’s best option to win a championship might be in Chicago, but the money isn’t exactly there. He could get big offers from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Knicks, but his chance at a ring won’t be as great. Another factor is the chemistry between Rose and Anthony. Both are play-makers who need the basketball in their hands to be significant factors. Anthony is a create-your-own-shot type player who uses the dribble to create for himself while Rose uses the ball to create for his teammates. I just don’t see these two playing well together.
The Miami Heat struggled when they signed LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh because those three were used to being the go-to-guy. Both Anthony and Rose are that guy, and I don’t think either are ready to give it up the way Wade did for James. I also think that Anthony will bite at the money and a little voice named Lala might swing him to L.A. or keep him in NYC. The thought of Anthony in Chicago is a scary one for the rest of the league, but when thought out in full, it doesn’t seem to work. Between the money and chemistry, Anthony will end up somewhere else.
Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also email Shane at ShaneRantNBA@gmail.com.