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Carmelo Anthony Leaning Towards Leaving New York Knicks?

June 15th, 2014 at 6:38 PM
By Matt Agne

Let the rumors begin! The New York Knicks have known for a while they'd have to deal with Carmelo Anthony's decision on opting in or out of his contract and the drama that's included with that decision. However, now that the time has come to make that decision rumors have begun to circulate that Anthony is leaning towards leaving the Knicks for other opportunities.

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Sometimes that grass seems greener on the other side. That may or may not be happening with Carmelo Anthony's decision on playing the final season of his New York Knicks contract or not. 

There's been plenty of rumors on where Anthony might sign if he were to leave New York. At one point the Los Angeles Lakers were in play. Now it seems they aren't an option. However, the other two main options — the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls — still seem very much in play.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports Anthony is currently leaning towards leaving the Knicks for either the Rockets or Bulls.

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.

Anthony's meeting with Knicks officials on Friday night had little impact on his state of mind, league sources said, because there remain too many uncertainties about how quickly president Phil Jackson can reshape the team into a championship contender.

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

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Phil Jackson would like Anthony to take less money to remain in New York so the team has more flexibility to build a team around him. However, he can take that same amount of money to play elsewhere and rumors have him being turned off by Jackson's insistence on Anthony either opting in or accepting less.

If is putting an onus on winning it might make sense to join one of the the other two potential teams. After all, Chicago has Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah for Anthony to team with. Houston has Dwight Howard and James Harden ready for Anthony to team up with.

That being said, both teams would need to move significant roster pieces around in order to sign Anthony even at a discount. That means they would either have to make some serious roster moves and/or make a sign-and-trade with New York to land Anthony.

Clearly there's plenty of things that could happen. While the chances are that Anthony opts-out and ends up re-signing with the Knicks he could also very well end up elsewhere. However, this is the time of year writers need material and to sell stories. Stories like these could also be about selling papers more than reporting the truth. Keep that in mind.

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Tags: Basketball, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, James Harden, Joakim Noah, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson

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