By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 3, 2014
A few NBA free agents have already signed, but fans are still waiting on the big fish to make their decision. Rumors are beginning to heat up due to Carmelo Anthony making the rounds with various teams across the league. At this point, it’s only a matter of time until he makes his decision. Here’s a ranking of the five teams that have the best chance of signing Anthony as of right now.
Kobe Bryant flew in late Wednesday night from his trip in Europe so that he could meet Anthony face-to-face in the hopes of luring him to the Los Angeles Lakers. The only issue the Lakers may have is that Bryant has no intention of lessening his contract to bring on a new player, even though he’s willing to play a lesser offensive role on the team. Playing for Los Angeles is enticing, but they appear to be a dark-horse candidate as of right now.
Everyone assumed the Chicago Bulls is where Anthony would land. Unfortunately, the superstar forward wasn’t thrilled with Chicago’s offer, which means the team is now pessimistic about their chances of signing him. Even though Anthony has made it clear he’s all about winning a championship as soon as possible, it’s also very much about getting a maximum contract wherever he signs.
Anthony opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t re-sign with the team under a new deal. With that being said, the Knicks don’t have as good of a chance to win a title immediately as the other four teams are capable of doing, which is why they are far from a slam-dunk in the re-signing process. Regardless, don’t be surprised if New York is where he ends up simply because they can offer the most cash.
Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis offer up a solid combo that would be enough to intrigue Anthony to test his luck with the Dallas Mavericks. A Hall of Fame player and a stellar guard are two very important pieces to have on a team with the type of player that Anthony is. Not to mention, Nowitzki and Ellis would be willing to take on different roles if that meant allowing Anthony to do his thing.
The Houston Rockets met with Anthony for six hours on Wednesday. That included lunch and a short meeting with Dwight Howard and James Harden. The reason why the Rockets have the greatest chance of signing Anthony is because they have the best center in the game and a guard who can do it all. Anthony knows Houston is the best place to win a title immediately, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised if he signs with the Rockets.
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