By RantSports Staff on June 25, 2014
As the 2014 NBA free agency period gets set to begin in a flurry, Carmelo Anthony’s wish list is dwindling and it’s been confirmed that he will meet with three teams while two others are also possibilities besides his old team, the New York Knicks. We break down the chances he signs with each of the other five potential suitors.
Although Melo and Kobe Bryant have discussed playing together out West, it’s extremely unlikely Anthony will take his talents to L.A., even after meeting with the Black Mamba about it. In fact, it’s not even confirmed Melo will hear the pitch from the Lakers’ brass, so don’t expect him to be in purple and gold.
It has been confirmed Melo will meet with the Mavericks once he is able to do so on July 1. Dallas has a lot of cap space with which to work, even after trading for Anthony’s buddy from New York, Tyson Chandler. That deal could easily bump Dallas up this list, but not until their other moves are revealed.
Another Texas team that can offer Anthony no state income tax in addition to a fat contract is Houston. After declining Chandler Parsons’ team option for the upcoming season, it appears the Rockets are opening the door for Melo first before re-signing their high-flying forward. If Anthony wants to be a part of a rising Big Three, he could join James Harden and Dwight Howard in H-Town.
With LeBron James opting out of his contract, it’s a safe bet he’ll re-sign a more team-friendly deal in Miami in order for the Heat to use that cap space to bring in another star. Assuming Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade do the same, those initial reports of a Big Four in South Beach could be a reality.
You’d be pretty safe taking this one to the bank. Melo’s interest in playing for the Bulls is no secret and all the recruiting done by Joakim Noah this year will pay off. Chicago needs an offensive threat to balance out its stifling defense and Anthony is the man for the job. A Big Three of Melo, Noah and Derrick Rose would be championship material in the Windy City.
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