Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter
“You want me to address that?” Noah said at Friday’s Chicago Bulls shootaround in response to a question about an ESPN.com report Thursday that said he told Anthony over All-Star weekend he could win a championship if he signed with the Bulls as a free agent after the season. “I don’t feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say about it.”
Doesn’t exactly sound like a denial, does it?
Anthony, meantime, smiled in the Knicks locker room when asked if he and Noah had such a conversation.
“No, not at all. I can’t have that conversation,” Anthony said after going for 29 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in the team’s 108-81 win over the Utah Jazz.
Note that he didn’t say he didn’t have that conversation, only that he “can’t have” it, obviously referring to the league’s rules against tampering.
Still, Anthony understands that speculation about his future will run rampant until he makes a decision this summer. He can remain with the Knicks for five years and $129 million or go elsewhere for four years and $96 million. Anthony could also choose to opt-in with the Knicks, delaying his decision until 2015, as TKB columnist Moke Hamilton suggested he should do.
“Oh, without a doubt,” he said. “It’s gonna be more stories coming out, more speculation. Everybody’s gonna have their own take on different stories so for me I gotta focus on playing ball and that’s it. Whatever stories is gonna be out there, I can’t control that.”
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.