When superstar NBA players become free agents, there is a lot of huffing and puffing from the media about what the best fits are for a given player because of coaching, or location, but ultimately star free agents think about two things, above all else.
Money and opportunity to win championships.
Coming off a max extension signed with the Knicks three years ago, Carmelo Anthony will be looking for something in the max neighborhood, but he's only been out of the first round twice in 10 trips to the playoffs.
The four largely uneventful years in New York included missing the postseason completely in 2014, and goes to show that the lights aren't always as bright in the big city, especially if you're not winning.
Here's a look at some of the possible destinations for Carmelo, and how he might get there, while staying in the neighborhood of a max contract.
Keep in mind that even though Melo plans to opt out, he can still re-sign with the Knicks for more money, and a guaranteed fifth year if he chooses, and that contract could be for a maximum of five years and over $125 million, but I don't know if the Knicks would even offer that because of the luxury tax implications four and five years down the line.
Also, while lottery-bound teams like Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Orlando, Utah, and New Orleans could afford Melo, he's very unlikely to go to one of those places. (Although, the young core of Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, and Austin Rives could be something, and Eric Gordon has a tradeable deal that might be attractive to the Knicks as an expiring contract to dump next summer)