With the Los Angeles Lakers having enough cap space to bring in Carmelo Anthony this summer, it's expected that the storied franchise will take a shot at signing him. Apparently, Mitch Kupchak and company might have some stiff competition for Anthony's services with the Chicago Bulls emerging as a potential frontrunner for his services according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Jan. 25:
The losing, the decaying roster, has inspired ‘Melo to consider closely the possibilities of free agency this summer. Within the past several weeks, a longtime confidant of Carmelo Anthony confesses, something changed. Never did he believe there was a chance Anthony would leave the New York Knicks – never the Madison Square Garden stage, never the $129 million contract extension.
Only now, the gloom of the Knicks’ season – the uncertainty of the franchise’s future – left that man to believe it’s possible Anthony could leave New York in free agency.
“Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.,” the source said.
Heading into the free agency period this summer, Anthony could become the biggest name on the open market. Many believe that Anthony will stay with the New York Knicks, but the team's struggles this season has fueled the fire in terms of speculation that he could be headed to the Lakers or another team in free agency.
Although the speculation surrounding Anthony's future in the NBA has kicked into high gear following his record-breaking 62-point performance on Friday, Anthony may ultimately chose to simply stay in New York rather than to test free agency.
Much like the Lakers, the Bulls have been dealing with an injured superstar. Derrick Rose suffered yet another knee injury this season and will be out the rest of the year with an uncertain future ahead. Bringing Anthony to play alongside Rose and Joakim Noah might be the first step in the team getting back the Bulls back to form as a legitimate NBA title contender.
It's too early to predict what Anthony will do this summer, but the Lakers and Bulls will likely be in the mix for his services with Chicago potentially being the frontrunner.
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