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For the NBA, it seems the biggest headlines are of the off-court variety. The summer of 2010 was fun-filled and each year since has had its moments. The “Melo-Drama” that the league endured as Carmelo Anthony forced his way out of Denver and into New York, seems to be all the rage again as he plans on once again testing free agency.
Sources have told Yahoo Sports that Anthony is considering either Houston or Chicago as possible landing spots. The “I’m coming home” marketing pieces that Madison Square Garden so intelligently created for Anthony’s homecoming to New York City could be gone.
Anthony, 30, is still without a championship ring. He is feeling the pressure of needing to win one soon and apparently thinks Phil Jackson and New York cannot get it done quick enough.
It has also been reported that Knicks President Phil Jackson has encouraged the superstar to wait until after the 2014-15 season to opt-out, according to ESPN.
It doesn't appear Anthony is all that interested in listening to Jackson and is opting out of the mega-contract now. Both the Rockets and Bulls will have to clear some cap space in order to bring Anthony aboard. As we know though, as seen in Miami, anything can be done to manipulate this soft financial restrictions of this league’s salary cap.
It begs the question: is this what Jackson actually wants? Only the “Zen-Master” could plot a scheme like this. Tell Anthony to wait until after next season. This enrages him and makes him feel unwanted in the city. Phil can claim he always wanted him back, but most realize that he wanted to build around a different type of player.
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