After expecting an answer from free agent Carmelo Anthony on Monday, the Knicks organization is starting to believe Anthony is hesitating to see whether or not he’ll be able to team up with LeBron James in Miami or Los Angeles.
James and Heat president Pat Riley are expected to meet as early as Tuesday (NY Post, July 8).
If Dallas or Houston offers Chris Bosh the right amount of money, the Heat could have an opportunity to create a Big 3 of James, Anthony and Dwayne Wade with its remaining cap space. That possibility became trickier after Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger agreed to terms with Miami Monday.
Wade would need to take a pay cut for the scenario to work.
At this point, Anthony is dealing primarily with the Knicks, the Lakers and the Bulls. The Bulls would need a sign-and-trade in order to bring Anthony on because they lack the cap space to make him an offer that can compete with New York or Los Angeles.
Since Anthony has reportedly shown interested in joining the Lakers, he has worked in the ability to ask Phil Jackson to do a sign-and-trade with the Bulls that would put Anthony close to a maximum contract. If he goes to LA he would not receive compensation from the Knicks since the Lakers have cap space.