Source: Chicago Is Most Likely Option for Melo

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

The Chicago Bulls are the most likely landing spot for Carmelo Anthony, a league source told SNY.TV and The Knicks Blog.

Assuming he follows through with his plan to opt-out by Monday’s deadline, Anthony could either sign with the Bulls for less money than he is due to make with the Knicks ($129 million over five years) or be moved to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal.

“He is looking to leave if one of the teams he likes can get a deal done with New York,” the source said. “He knows New York is not good enough the way they are currently constructed. Melo wants to win now. He will move if he feels that team can win.”


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The source added that Chicago was the most likely landing spot “unless Houston can come up with something other than Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik.”

As has been reported, Chicago would need to amnesty Carlos Boozer and get rid of Taj Gibson and at least one more player in order to clear room for Anthony.

As ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported, if the Knicks believe Anthony’s departure is inevitable, they could get Boozer and the No. 16 or 19 pick in Thursday’s Draft in exchange for Anthony. The Bulls would have to make the pick and then trade that player to the Knicks in July, Windhorst reported.

Making the above deal with the Bulls would allow Phil Jackson to get the first-round pick he has been looking for and to potentially add a young point guard, perhaps Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis, to replace the beleaguered Raymond Felton.

Bulls big man Joakim Noah was reportedly recruiting Anthony to Chicago over the All-Star break, so this option is something that Anthony has been considering for months.

The Bulls sorely need an offensive go-to guy and Anthony, who averaged 27.4 points and 8.1 rebounds last season, certainly fits that bill.

The Bulls will get back point guard Derrick Rose next season, and he could form a potent pick-and-roll combination with Anthony.

Finally, the Bulls play in the weaker Eastern Conference, where Anthony would have a better chance at reaching the NBA Finals than if he shifted to the Western Conference – especially if the Miami Heat aren’t able to substantially improve their roster from the team that was thrashed by San Antonio in the NBA Finals.

While Anthony called his recent meeting with Knicks President Phil Jackson and new coach Derek Fisher “great,” the Knicks cannot make any significant roster changes until the summer of 2015, when $52 million in cap space is cleared.

If Anthony opts to go to Chicago, he would be leaving a significant amount of cash on the table in New York, but at this point a better chance to win may outweigh the money.


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




1292 comments
Dedra Fore
Dedra Fore

can we talk about the  KNICKS TEAM

every comment is melo, melo , melo.....

i wondering if yall are NEW YORK KNICKS FANS or MELO FANS?!?!?!??!?

whatever happens happens

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

My question. Why hasn't he opted out already. The season is over, his deadline is Monday, why is he waiting? 

chudogz1
chudogz1

If were gonna dream, let's forget Kobe and focus on Wiggins...... Getting Parker ensures one thing, all the People that don't like Melo, will be singing the same song we've been hearing! Only difference between Parker and Melo besides schools they attended, is Melo won a chip with minimal help while Parker choked... If you don't think Melo is worth big bucks, what exactly do you think Parker will get if he plays up to his potential? Think about it

lobcity1
lobcity1

Triangles have lead people to circles for years. Damn right I'm gon study em.

-Iman Shumpert

Eric Schill
Eric Schill

Let chicago deal with melos ISO i want the ball all the time crap. BYE u wont win there either

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Any word on the other side of the Afflalo to bulls trade?

I read it was one either 16 or 19.

Magic have some cap space to absorb a salary

I can't see how the can do Afflalo and Melo and pay melo a fair wage.

barnaby87
barnaby87

Here's a question for everyone.  The Cavs want a 1st for Dion Waiters.  Would you do a three way trade sending Shump to OKC, the 1st to the cavs, waiters to us?

mrdullah
mrdullah

Stop with the Wiggins pipedream...

# ain't happening

JUST KNOCK IT OFF...

#zerochance

barnaby87
barnaby87

Also, Melo to the Cavs makes no sense.  Even if they could somehow lure Lebron to Cleveland, they could afford to have Kyrie, Lebron, Wiggins or Parker, and potentially another max star in 2015.

barnaby87
barnaby87

As long as Dan Gilbert owns the Cavs, Lebron will not be a Cleveland Cav.

chudogz1
chudogz1

TYLER ENNIS was the best thing I read in the article, besides Lord of the Rings saying no thanks to Houston for Lin and Asik! Go Knicks

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@Dedra Fore Of course all the talk is about Melo. He's the best player on the team! Best we've had since Ewing. This team will be in deep doo doo if he leaves.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Major Pain 0303 Melo is waiting to see if Phil and Mills can get rid of some of the slackers. Think outside the box folks. lol

1harris1
1harris1

@Major Pain 0303  These guys never seem to do that until the last day.  Can't get enough attention I guess.

C0P0
C0P0

and will know soon enough.

chudogz1
chudogz1

Wiggins can be the next Kobe, with proper guidance, IMO...

chudogz1
chudogz1

Works for me, but I prefer Mills over Blake. We need some international talent from down under!

mrdullah
mrdullah

Why do you think that? You seem pretty confidant. ..

chudogz1
chudogz1

@barnaby87. We have THJR and JR Smith. I like Waiters, but that was in Syracuse...

1harris1
1harris1

@Sandro Guedes @lobcity  Ha!  I don't think he's getting traded for that draft pick, but you never know.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

Cause the thunder coach sucks. Triangle would be a good solution for okc

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Wake up .. Your dream of the Knicks sucking til 2017 is over.

mrdullah
mrdullah

You wouldn't huh... neither would Sandro.... coincidence?

Lmaooooooo

chudogz1
chudogz1

I still don't see Melo going to Cleveland tho! James ain't playing for Gilbert again, I don't think.

chudogz1
chudogz1

I finally like something you posted! Lol.. No disrespect... If that's the case, I'll take Wiggins... If people here hate Melo, I can't see why they would like Parker. They are extremely similar IMO.

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Sandro Guedes. Agreed..Parker losing to the 15 seed in the tournament should say a lot. I'm just trying to figure out how one could "hate" Melo, but want Parker..? That's like hating rap music, but liking Jay Z, IMO...

mrdullah
mrdullah

Hey THATSAGOODPOINT...

How do YOU feel about this?

#lemmeguess #sandrosays

L O L!

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

The only thing you can guarantee is sucking for at least three years under the fire sale and tank plan.

Talk to Cleveland, Minny and sacto about drafting and developing talent...

Unless there's a Kevin Durant out there for next year and we can rig the lottery it's a losers proposition.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

So there's hope for your dreams coming true I guess.

mrdullah
mrdullah

Lol... not dissing you... just felt like trolling neck brother #2

chudogz1
chudogz1

He probably is, but Gilbert crapped all over LBJ when he left, so it would be tough to see. I did hear a rumor that LeFlop already enrolled his kids in school in Ohio, but I don't have the link.. LMAO

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Sandro Guedes. Agreed, if Melo ain't cutting it due to only being a one way player, then we need 2 way players, and Wiggins is just that. What else can we get from them?

mrdullah
mrdullah

Never once have I said there was anything homoish about you.

#guilty?

chudogz1
chudogz1

@Sandro Guedes. Yes, I also think Wiggins is a SF. Hardaway is a SG, who needs to practice D. Shump is good on D, but one of the worst offensive SG's I've seen as far as shooting goes.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

Indiana isn't in that group until they see the Finals..

OKC and San Antonio are lottery jackpot winners. They are few and far between

mrdullah
mrdullah

I am ABSOLUTELY trolling... he does it to me when his neck brother is around and now it's my turn...

#iflowsdolo #idontneedbackup

chudogz1
chudogz1

He definitely would and LBJ is from there, and I think wants to play with Melo. LBJ just seems to have to big of an ego IMO. I would prefer Melo going there over Bulls and Houston, it's more of a challenge, and I've been a Melo fan since Syracuse, being a Cuse fan! My mom lives in Ohio, so I'm cool with that.

chudogz1
chudogz1

Wiggins also drives and dunks, I think he has more upside.. Dukies never amount to much in the NBA as far as all star status.

chudogz1
chudogz1

I'm all for keeping Melo but if he chooses to leave, the only way to be jackpot winners is to actually be in position to hit the jackpot.... Also, if a stat wants out (Durant), a high draft pick is very intriguing to the team with the good player.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@Sandro Guedes @thatsagoodpoint

25 year-old Derrick Rose is a bad risk for Carmelo, but bringing in a 36 year-old Kobe that's one year removed from playing competitive basketball - now that says "win now"

For the record, I'm not even against a Kobe-Carmelo pairing in NY if Carmelo stays because...fvck, it lol. I just feel like the 2015 free agency pool is drying up, and would be alright with a straight-up Stat-Kobe swap.  But I also acknowledge that relying solely on old Kobe and Carmelo to take the Knicks far into the playoffs could end disastrously (but we can just chalk it up to bad luck afterwards).

chudogz1
chudogz1

Kyrie is good, but he only played like 5 games for them. Grant Hill was good, Shane Battier, Boozer, Laetner, nothing special...

jeandd323
jeandd323

@thatsagoodpoint On point, we should count both and compare.


We cannot build through the draft in NY.  The Knicks fan base and the media do not have the patience to live through  lean years waiting for a contender to emerge.


Yours truly will not wait either! The zen master needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat and make us competitive starting next season. I cannot live through the trials and tribulation that Magoo took us through a few years back. I want results !