Carmelo Anthony toyed with the hearts of a few NBA teams this summer, namely the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets before eventually choosing to remain playing for his hometown New York Knicks.
Staying in NYC
Anthony cited the familiarity of staying in New York as the deciding factor. He also has stated that he believes in Phil Jackson's plan for a Knicks resurgence.
Anthony's contract pays him 124 million dollars over five years, which is considerably higher than the maximum 73 million dollar four year deal the Bulls were allowed to offer.
Yet Anthony steadfastly reiterates that money did not play a factor in his decision. This is plausible now that Chris Herring, a Knick reporter for the Wall Street journal, has reported the Bulls got creative with their offer to Anthony.
The Chicago Bulls knew they had a long shot of matching the offer from the Knicks. All they could offer was the chance to win a championship now by teaming Melo with the likes of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Taj Gibson.
However, they did not let a lack of funds stop them from offering a lucrative deal. Instead of offering the four year 73 million dollar deal, they offered Anthony a two year deal for as much as was available; with the idea that in two years they would be able to offer him a full maximum deal to the tune of the Knicks offer.
In 2016 the combination of the Bulls expiring contracts and a new deal would free enough room to make that deal happen.
Anthony has now said that did not appeal to him, because he did not want to experience free agency again in two years.
The stress it put on him was not worth it, and now he looks to stay in New York to create something special. The numbers speak for themselves, as Anthony is set to earn 24.5, 26.2, and 27.9 million dollars in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively.