If the Bulls are serious about landing Carmelo Anthony, they better be willing to pony up some more money.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that during Anthony’s visit to Chicago, the Bulls talked to him about the possibility of signing a four year deal worth 16 million per season. The Knicks can pay Anthony an average of $26 million per season and any other team can offer a max deal worth $24 million per season.
Since Carmelo is 30 years old, there’s a good chance his next big NBA contract will be his last. The odds of him taking such a sharp discount on his last big pay day are slim to none, especially given that plenty of other teams are willing to pay him much more.
Melo wined and dined with Chicago’s brass for nine hours on Tuesday before flying down to Texas on Wednesday. He spent just four hours with Rockets management and a mere two with Marc Cuban and his Mavericks crew. That’s telling.
Anthony continues his free agency tour today in Los Angeles with the Lakers. If there’s one person (okay, there are millions) who really wants to see Anthony sign with the Lakers, it’s Kobe. The 35-year-old superstar flew back late last night from his European vacation in order to be present for the team’s pitch to Anthony.
ESPN.com Los Angeles reporter Ramona Shelburne reports that the Lakers are “enamored” with Anthony’s game and think he’d compliment Bryant well. The Lakers can offer a 4-year, $96 million max deal to Carmelo, but they’d have to pinch serious pennies elsewhere to make it work.
Phil Jackson said the Knicks plan to meet with Anthony following his visit with the Lakers.