HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

July 11, 2014 Updates

Taking a page from LeBron James' free-agent handbook, Carmelo Anthony is in no particular hurry to make a decision. It's a three-team race between the Knicks, Bulls and Lakers, a league source told CBSSports.com Thursday, and Anthony still has some thinking to do. CBSSports.com

A person with knowledge of Anthony's message in his free-agent meeting with Jackson said he expressed confidence in Jackson's plan to revamp the roster after next season. But Anthony's biggest concern, the person said, was avoiding a repeat in 2014-15 of the Knicks' 37-win debacle last season -- the first time in Anthony's 11 seasons that he failed to make the playoffs. Without other moves, signing Anthony would leave Jackson with only the taxpayer mid-level exception of $3.3 million and minimum deals to add quality players to the rotation. CBSSports.com

A person with knowledge of Anthony's situation confirmed reports that he still is considering the Chicago Bulls, though it's unclear where the Bulls, New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers are in the lead in these one-man sweepstakes. The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets are considered out of the running, though Anthony is not known to have given any formal indication of that. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. USA Today Sports

July 10, 2014 Updates

What’s going on with the second-most-sought-after free agent on the market? Stephen A. Smith on ESPN Chicago: I got a call. ‘Look, something has come up. Something is in the mix. Melo is having second thoughts. I don’t know what’s going on, but this is what it is.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ They said, ‘Chicago.’ Suddenly, Chicago is on the mind. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And this is somebody that is incredibly close to Carmelo Anthony who I completely trust as a source. This is what he was telling me. Couldn’t explain why, but just said, ‘Chicago is not out of the mix.’ NBCSports.com

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