Op-Ed: Carmelo Anthony to opt-out of final year with Knicks

Posted Jun 22, 2014 by Zach Gilliland
Carmelo Anthony will inform the Knicks Monday of his intentions to opt-out of the final year of his contract, as ESPN writes. Does this mean 'Melo will take his talents to South Beach and join forces with LeBron James?
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks
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Or does it mean he will sign with Chicago?
Carmelo Anthony isn't your average free agent by any means. He averaged 27.4 points per game this season, which was second-best in the NBA behind Kevin Durant.
With limited cap space to lure in players, and 37 wins this season to show for, the Knicks just aren't the most attractive option for Anthony in terms of winning a championship right away.
Possible landing spots for Carmelo could be in Houston, Miami, or Chicago. Those three teams have been circulating the most buzz recently in the Carmelo sweepstakes.
Adding Anthony to the Bulls and Rockets would likely result in an immediate chance to win a championship. The Bulls play great defense but struggled offensively this season. They were 30th in the NBA in scoring offense at 93.7 points per game, but ranked first in points allowed, only giving up 91.8 points per game.
Adding the second best scorer in the league to an already disciplined defensive team would make Chicago among the top two or three favorites in the East.
In Houston, Anthony would join forces with James Harden and Dwight Howard. This team would be virtually unstoppable offensively, but would they have enough defensively? And also, how would Anthony and Harden deal with the battle for shot attempts?
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Miami would certainly welcome Anthony, as he is a top player in the league. Adding other pieces may be the best move for the Heat, but I'm sure Pat Riley will go after Carmelo if it means keeping LeBron in South Beach.
July 1st is the first day that teams can offer Anthony, so the next few weeks will be interesting and unpredictable. The one thing that is certain at this point though is that Anthony will let the Knicks know of his intentions to opt-out on Monday.