Sam SpiegelmanThe NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a $5 million rise in the salary cap for the 2014-15 season, according to ESPN. If true, it could allow clubs such as the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets more cap room to better maneuver a deal for free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony has been linked to the Bulls for some time, having a relationship with Joakim Noah, asking what it’s like to play for coach Tom Thibodeau and stating he wants to play for a contender right now. And according to the report, the Bulls were already confident in their ability to lure Anthony to the Windy City before news there would be a rise in salary cap space.
Per the report, the Knicks’ failure to make the postseason made the Bulls “increasingly optimistic.”
As for the Rockets — the team’s financial freedom is very much contingent on its plans for center Omer Asik and guard Jeremy Lin. Both players are oft-mentioned as trading pieces, and those salaries coming off the books puts the team is a strong position to sign Anthony.