The public image of Carmelo Anthony will be vastly altered by whatever happens next. I do not know if the superstar’s priorities are in line with this, but his championship route is with the Chicago Bulls.
ESPN has reported that the sweet-shooting small forward will test free agency this summer, and it does not come as a surprise. I always thought that ‘Melo would leave Phil Jackson hanging high and dry. The Eastern Conference is wide open right now; there are probably 5-6 teams that will have a legitimate shot to win it next season. The West is obviously tougher to get out of, and you better believe LeBron James and company considered that when they joined the Miami Heat.
‘Melo would be wise to consider those same realities, which is why, in the end, I think that he will join forces with Derrick Rose and company. If it goes down, Bulls fans will spend the rest of the summer holding their breath about their point guard’s health during international play with Team USA.
I expect Anthony to hear a few teams out in the next week, and then he will take a bit of time away to make a decision. Hopefully, the small forward did not hear the recent reports that Rose would rather play with Kevin Love, because Chicago fans would be absolutely thrilled to have a pure scorer like ‘Melo.