5 Potential Landing Spots for Carmelo Anthony Following Opt-Out

Where Will Carmelo Anthony Land After Opt-Out?

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Apparently Phil Jackson wasn’t enough to keep Carmelo Anthony in NYC, as the selfish scorer has opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, officially making him a free agent. Now one of the top talents available during 2014 NBA Free Agency, Anthony will obviously have a few teams on his trail when the market opens on July 1.

Here are a few teams that could be vying for his services when the flood gates open.

5. Houston Rockets

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5. Houston Rockets

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If the Rockets don’t get an opportunity – or miss it – to land LeBron James, they might be forced to turn their attention elsewhere. That’s where Anthony could come into the picture. The Rockets are looking for someone to finalize their own version of the “Big Three,” and Anthony could be the final piece to the puzzle. They’re going to have to create some cap space to get it done, though.

4. Miami Heat

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4. Miami Heat

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The word around the blogosphere has been that the Heat are interested in creating a “Big Four” with the addition of Anthony. While it might be a pipe dream for Pat Riley and Co., the pieces could magically fall into place. All three of the Heat’s top players would have to opt out and take less money, and so would Anthony, but the potential is there if other options don’t pan out for him.

3. Boston Celtics

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3. Boston Celtics

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Based off of their showing this past season, the Celtics desperately need an offensive sparkplug to help them get back to being contenders. With a handful of young talent and not a lot of veteran ability, adding Anthony to the mix might just be the answer for Boston. However, will they be willing to dish out a max contract to sign a selfish scorer?

2. Los Angeles Lakers

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2. Los Angeles Lakers

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With Kobe Bryant looking like his career is near an end, the Lakers could be seeking an option to replace the future Hall of Famer as the offense’s go-to guy. Los Angeles was believed to have had serious interested in Anthony before he was traded to the Knicks – this could be their last opportunity to bring him in. The Lakers have cap space, but do they want to risk him and Bryant not clicking?

1. Chicago Bulls

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1. Chicago Bulls

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All last season, the Bulls lacked offensive firepower. While Tom Thibodeau did a terrific job of turning Chicago into one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, their lack of scoring ability cost them an opportunity to extend their postseason beyond the second round. Adding a top scorer like Anthony to the mix would obviously be ideal, and he’s clearly interested in taking his talents to the Windy City.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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