Anthony linked with switch to Chicago in free agency this summer.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony reportedly recently approached a former Chicago Bulls player to enquire about what it was like playing for Tom Thibodeau.
The 29-year-old faces a difficult decision in free agency this summer, although he has previously revealed that his priority is to stay in New York if the organisation can show him a plan of what they’re building towards.
The arrival of team president Phil Jackson seemingly made an impression on him as the Knicks appear to be going in the right direction, but with their season over before the playoffs this year, it remains to be seen what he decides this summer.
It’s widely expected that Anthony will not pick up his player option worth $23.5m for next season, instead opting to take a max contract for four or five years after exploring his free agent options first.
The Bulls have emerged as a leading contender to prise him away from the Big Apple, and they would arguably offer him a realistic chance of winning a championship next season as well as giving him the big market he craves off the court.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, he has been enquiring about the coaching of Thibodeau, which could be an indication of his thoughts at this stage.
“Carmelo Anthony recently approached a former Chicago Bulls player and asked a loaded question that should make Phil Jackson a little nervous,” Isola wrote.
““What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony said.”
That could be interpreted in two ways in that Anthony could have merely been asking about Thibodeau’s personality as he forms part of the Team USA coaching staff, or it may have formed part of his due diligence ahead of considering a move to Chicago.
What is certain is that until Anthony signs a new deal with the Knicks, the speculation is set to continue regarding his future beyond this season.