Source says gloom of this season and uncertainty leaves him considering options.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is reportedly leaning towards a switch to Chicago as opposed to Los Angeles if he chooses to leave his current team, according to a Yahoo Sports source.
The Knicks continue to struggle this year and have slipped to 16-27 with the risk of missing out on the playoffs despite a weak Eastern Conference.
‘Melo thrilled Madison Square Garden with his amazing 62-point performance against the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this week, although having hinted that he may test free agency in the summer, it remains to be seen how long he stays in the Big Apple.
Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls have been paired with an interest in the forward, with the former looking to acquire a high-profile name in free agency given their salary cap space.
However, despite the draw of playing alongside Kobe Bryant for one of the most prestigious franchises in the league, it is understood that Anthony could be looking at extending his stay in the East.
“Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.,” a longtime confidant of Anthony confessed, according to Yahoo Sports reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Bulls do appear to be the more interesting fit, given that they will have the salary cap space after trading Luol Deng and will look to amnesty Carlos Boozer in the summer.
A potential partnership with point guard Derrick Rose has experts and fans alike excited, although the are doubts over whether or not Anthony would fit into coach Tom Thibodeau’s system given his emphasis on defense.
In addition, certain sections of the media doubt that Anthony would want to leave the limelight in New York, while the financial aspects of staying at the Garden would be more beneficial for him too.
However, there is still a great deal of doubt over what Anthony will decide to do next, and along with the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh who are all in the same predicament this summer, it could prove to be an interesting period in the NBA.