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Bulls, Rockets emerge as 'clear frontrunners' for 'Melo

LeBron And Carmelo Together?

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Carmelo Anthony wants to win, and he wants to win now.

Anthony is expected to opt of his current contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. With aspirations of contending for an NBA championship being his top priority, the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls have surfaced as the favorites to land the All-Star forward.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets and Bulls have become "the clear frontrunners" to acquire Anthony. Anthony is leaning toward leaving the New York Knicks and is awaiting either Houston or Chicago to clear enough salary cap space to sign him as a free agent.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski:

As re-signing with the Knicks continues to fade as his priority, Chicago and Houston have emerged as the clear frontrunners to acquire Anthony, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Chicago and Houston front-office executives are working diligently on contingencies to clear the space to sign Anthony outright – or engage sign-and-trade scenarios with New York, sources said.

"His heart is in New York," one source familiar with Anthony's thinking told Yahoo Sports, "but he wants a chance to win now."

Anthony met with Knicks brass, including team president Phil Jackson, in Los Angeles on Friday night. But according to the report, the meeting had little impact on Anthony's mindset. Anthony has concerns about the Knicks' ability to put together a championship-caliber roster and compete for a championship in 2014.

The Bulls have long been expected to be in the race for Anthony. The team will need to amnesty Carlos Boozer and trade Taj Gibson and another player. Signing Anthony all but surely rules out Chicago re-signing Jimmy Butler. And Anthony is then investing his championship hopes on a healthy Derrick Rose returning to the backcourt.

The Rockets, too, have been mentioned as a suitor for Anthony. All-Stars Dwight Howard and James Harden are expected to court 'Melo to be the third leg of their Big Three. But first, Houston needs to find another team to take on Omer Asik's and Jeremy Lin's bloated deals.

In a potential sign-and-trade scenario, the Knicks could bring Asik and Lin, and either re-sign Asik to a long-term deal or use him as trade bait. Because of a rise in salary cap for 2014, Houston can then sign 'Melo to a deal worth $22 to $23 million annually.

Yahoo Sports also reported that there is hesitance on the part of Jackson to hand 'Melo a five-year, $120-plus million deal. Anthony's final year of his current deal would've been worth $23 million.


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fkfrakes8 June 16 2014 at 12:01 PM

Antony's all about Anthony - will never win unless he learns to play it as a team game.

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billcdaly June 16 2014 at 11:24 AM

A big ego individual in a supposed team ( with the exception of the Spurs) sport.

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paulatkinson22 billcdaly June 16 2014 at 1:27 PM

Supposed? You don't think OKC or the Clippers, to name a couple, play as a team?

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terryeharris paulatkinson22 June 16 2014 at 3:39 PM

I think OKC is all about Kevin Durant.

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jslrsj June 16 2014 at 2:10 PM

Anthony is not a team player, he plays ME BALL. Hasn't teams learn from the SPURS yet, they play team ball.

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jdsept jslrsj June 16 2014 at 5:13 PM

Spurs? Heat didn't win last two years? Some have no memories or just jump on the band wagon. Yeah I know The Spurs have won before BUT they are not the only team that has won now are they is the point. The Heat winning two and making four straight finals aren't a team? Individuals don't win championships. teams do. You state Anthony is a "ME BALL" Odd I remember that line put on Lebron. Put Tim Duncan with the players Anthony has had and Tim, who is great, would have as many championships as Anthony. Many great players have no championships because of who they have been with. Ewing, Webber, King, Maravich, Gervin, Wilkins, Malone, Stockton, all Hall of Famers and numerous ALL NBA players for numerous years, along with usually always ranked in top ten of all time, Elgin Baylor. Ever hear of him? Lets take it out of basketball. Ever hear of Ted Williams, perhaps the best baseball hitter of all time (hurts me as a Yankee fan) and Dan Marino, who set the records Payton Manning breaks.

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theomegaman72 June 16 2014 at 12:39 PM


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LL June 16 2014 at 5:17 PM

Does anyone truly give a damn ?... And the ONLY reason I comment is to help others to "think" about how much time you spend away from your families, as you sit there fixated to the tube - watching a bunch of "on the fix" baffoons getting wealthier every day, as the rest of us suffer the injustices and indignites of life !

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HAYLEY BUG June 16 2014 at 12:37 PM

Overrated part time player-nothing more!

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vegastwosome June 16 2014 at 6:31 PM

He will never be a winner. To selfish and egotistical.Never was or will be a team player.

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i.plau June 16 2014 at 11:03 AM

This would be like throwing good money after bad. Carmelo cannot win anywhere period. If he thinks he can win somewhere why not do it in New York? Come on folks its not about anything more than his game. Melo's game is all about Melo okay? Phil Jackson is no fool if he thought Melo was a winning component for his team , then why would he let him go.

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jdsept i.plau June 16 2014 at 5:16 PM

Ahh Phil says he wants him to stay. Melo says out. With the Knicks with few chances to improve their team in near future, upcoming draft choices are gone through trades, players with such high contracts with no chance to trade them along with salary cap limitations, Melo knows the Knicks are dead end street. Much the same Lebron knew Cleveland was.

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paulatkinson22 June 16 2014 at 1:26 PM

Love how when LeBron was a "free agent" and took his talents where he could win now, he was treated like a dog. But let somebody else do the same thing, and it's just business.

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vegasgolferrich June 16 2014 at 4:05 PM

I think he should go work at walmart. he is such a cry baby. he doesn't deserve to get on a good team.

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