A source close to the situation has claimed there are six NBA teams all set to battle for the signature of the biggest NBA free agents so far, Carmelo Anthony.
Melo opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks earlier on Monday and since then everyone has asked the question, where next for Carmelo Anthony?
NBA teams can't officially approach free agents until 12:01am on July 1st and it is possible that despite the list of teams interested, the actual interest may revolve around one key factor.
That factor is Thursday's NBA draft, dependant upon what happens with the teams in the draft will hopefully give us a bigger indication as to who will be more likely to acquire Melo's services.
The teams in question include the Chicago Bulls who are largely regarded as the favourites to sign the former Knicks man and Dallas Mavericks who will be looking to go even further in next years play-offs.
The Atlanta Hawks, who had a very close shave in this years play-offs with the eventual Eastern Conference runners-up Indiana Pacers, while the Houston Rockets who impressed all season but came up short in the play-offs are also in the hunt.
The LA Lakers, coming off the back of a very dismal season to put it lightly and the Miami Heat after losing their first NBA Championship in three years complete the list of teams.
Where should Melo choose?
There are so many different factors to each team that could see them easily become the favourites to sign Melo.
Without taking too in-depth a look at each candidate, here is my view on the saga surrounding Carmelo Anthony.
I think the first name you think of has to be the Heat, teaming with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is a combination that even fans of other teams probably want to see.
The only problem is, right now nobody knows the fate of those three players and should Melo go there and the other three depart, it all falls on him to lead a once NBA powerhouse.
The Lakers are currently a team in shambles, their legend wanting more power just off the back of one of their worst seasons in recent history, can one player change their fortunes?
The Chicago Bulls have emerged as the early favourite amid claims that they have been planning for his arrival since the trade of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers in January.
Either the Mavericks, the Hawks or the Rockets would be good matches, all play-off teams, all impressed over the season but some more than others.
I would say right now the smartest choice for Anthony would be either the Rockets or the Bulls where he'll have the chance to play with players like Joakim Noah, James Harden and Dwight Howard.
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