Carmelo Anthony’s free agency buzz has been around for quite a while, but now his official visits have been scheduled, and there is a very real sense of urgency for several teams. Carmelo is a desired veteran presence on many teams, and his knack for scoring has made the competition for his talents heat up.
What is he looking for?
Carmelo’s arrival in Chicago on Tuesday was well received, and allowed us to see just how difficult of a decision it will be for Anthony. He has expressed that he is interested in not only a team that can win and can be a contender, but also that he wants to spend his career in a place where he can raise a family and continue to be comfortable. Many people might just think that he will go wherever the best offer is for himself, but in reality Anthony is entering the stage of his career where he values winning and his career more than money.
The Bulls welcomed him with a warm embrace, elaborately decorating the famed United Center with pictures of Anthony and the Larry O’Brien trophy. Chicago remains high on Anthony’s radar because of their young talent and potential. The Bulls even scheduled a private workout for Derrick Rose while Anthony was there so that he could see that the former MVP was fully healthy.
Anthony still has a long career ahead of him, and he is facing a crossroad in his life where he must decide what is more important to him. This was an evident point of emphasis during the Chicago visit, and will likely be featured in the other visits to the Rockets and Mavericks.
Reportedly Anthony was impressed with the overall visit, and seems to retain a high interest in the Bulls. However, this warm welcome was echoed by the efforts of the Houston Rockets. The Rockets also pulled out all of the tricks by decorating their stadium and even sporting Carmelo in a Houston Rockets jersey. There was an awkward moment, however, when the Rockets sported Anthony in his number seven jersey, which currently belongs to Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin.
What about NY?
Anthony may elect to stay in New York as well, as he is loved there and feels relatively comfortable. He has expressed that he does not always like the fans in New York however, and his chances at winning a ring are not overwhelmingly high if he were to choose to remain in New York.
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