NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Carmelo Anthony is expected to opt out of his contract with the Knicks and become a free agent this summer.
But will the seven-time NBA All-Star stay in New York?
The superstar forward has maintained all season that he’d like to re-sign with the Knicks, but there is certain to be no shortage of suitors for the 29-year-old.
But many of the teams in the hunt for Anthony’s services have hurdles to overcome if they want to sign the dynamic scorer.
The Rockets and the Bulls, both of whom have been linked to Anthony, would have to shed significant payroll in order to have enough cap room to sign Anthony, according to the New York Post. The Mavericks, too, need to get under the cap if they plan on trying to bring in the 2013 NBA scoring champion.
What about the Lakers?
Los Angeles has the cap space to sign Anthony, but sources told the newspaper that the organization isn’t exactly enthralled with the idea of pairing Anthony with future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
Lakers President Jeanie Buss is also hesitant to steal Anthony from Knicks President Phil Jackson, the New York Post reported. Buss, of course, just so happens to be Jackson’s fiance.
Plenty of signs are pointing towards Anthony returning to the Knicks, but a lot can happen in a summer. New York, of course, still doesn’t have a head coach after Steve Kerr opted to take the Warriors’ job over the Knicks’.
Anthony had a stellar campaign yet again for the ‘Bockers in 2013-14, averaging 27.4 points, 3.1 assists and 8.1 boards in 38.7 minutes per game.
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