Carmelo Anthony has just spent three days visiting five different teams, those teams being the Chicago Bulls, the Houston Rockets, the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers, and his New York Knicks.
Now that they have all done everything in their power to make their teams as attractive as possible to the extremely sought after free agent, it is up to him to make the crucial decision of where he wants to spend next season and maybe the rest of his career.
The Bulls offered the reasoning that there is no better place for Anthony to win a championship and they may be right. The Eastern Conference is noticeably weaker than the Western Conference and the Bulls have that going for them, especially if Anthony wants to remain in the East.
Although other teams also exhibited the idea of Anthony teaming up with their star player, the idea of Derrick Rose and him playing on the same team is very exciting.
The Rockets' pitch was very similar and they reportedly proposed that Anthony would be able to win a ring in Houston while teaming up with All-Stars Dwight Howard and James Harden.
The championship argument may carry less weight than Chicago's, but they still have a very convincing amount of talent on their roster that would only be increased by Anthony's presence.
The Mavericks' approach was slightly different, however, and reportedly Carmelo was invited over to owner Mark Cuban' house. He sat him down and explained that not only do the Mavericks offer a great chance to win, and win now, but also that Anthony could escape from the bright lights and spotlight of a city like Chicago or New York by coming to Dallas.
The Lakers held nothing back in their time with Anthony and offered him not only the opportunity of joining a team with a rich history and one of the greatest players in the game on their roster, but they also told him that they could offer him a max contract of four years and $95 million.
Finally, Anthony met with the Knicks. The Knicks can offer Anthony more money than any other team, which could be very attractive to him. The Knicks also have the advantage that Anthony would not have to change anything about his life if he remained in New York.
After all is said and done, the choice belongs to Anthony and he has all of the tools to make that decision. This offseason decision is a big one and will likely shape the NBA in the seasons to come if he signs with a contender such as Chicago or Houston.
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