Anthony could be keen on joining forces with James.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is reportedly delaying making his free agency decision in the event that Chris Bosh leaves the Miami Heat and a spot opens up.
Having already held meetings with the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, it is understood that the Knicks and Lakers are still the front-runners in the race to land the 30-year-old, although the Bulls are also in contention.
However, an intriguing option could emerge as it is reported that Bosh is considering a maximum-level contract offer from the Houston Rockets where he would be able to link up with James Harden and Dwight Howard to create a new Big Three in the Western Conference.
There is increasing tension and uncertainty in Miami as all parties concerned await the decision of LeBron James, with reports last week that he was demanding a max-deal in order to remain on South Beach
That would in turn put pressure on both Bosh and Dwyane Wade to take drastic pay cuts after team president Pat Riley added Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger to the roster in the hope of persuading his star trio that they can continue to compete next season.
Nevertheless, with the Cleveland Cavaliers continuing to keep the option of a return open for James, his departure would likely impact on those around him while if he stays then Bosh could potentially be forced to consider his options elsewhere.
If that were the case, then that is reportedly what Anthony is waiting for as the opportunity to team up with his long-time friend would be an enticing one which some may feel he would be unable to turn down.
According to the New York Post, the Knicks expected Anthony’s decision on Monday but heard nothing from his representatives, which led to a growing belief within the organisation that he is waiting to see the outcome of the the Heat’s situation.
Meanwhile, should that option not materialise then Anthony is expected to re-sign with the Knicks after new head coach Derek Fisher promised that they would be better in the new season.
The franchise missed out on the playoffs last year after a disappointing run under Mike Woodson, although Anthony was able to maintain his high scoring numbers and ended the season averaging 27.4 points per game.
A move to the Bulls would arguably give Melo the best opportunity of immediate success given his chance to play with the likes of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah with his scoring complimenting the team’s defensive work ethic.
However, should Anthony join forces with James and Wade in Miami, then the Heat will be looking to continue to dominate the Eastern Conference and bounce back immediately from their defeat in the NBA Finals last year.