Thursday, January 20, 2011
Carmelo to the Bulls?
Now that the New Jersey Nets have dropped out of the Carmelo Anthony(notes) trade talks, the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and Chicago Bulls remain as possible destinations.
Anthony does not want to be a free agent when a possible lockout occurs this summer. Not when he could be making the $65 million over three years that is currently on the table from the Denver Nuggets.
A source told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that Anthony's representatives are engaging the Chicago Bulls "with hopes of pushing them into becoming a serious bidder."
Wojnarowski notes that Anthony's agents are under pressure to make a deal happen for an increasingly unhappy client. "The Nuggets need to agree on a package with a team in which Anthony's willing to sign a contract extension," Wojnarowski writes.
Meanwhile, Anthony's points per game (23.5) are down from last season when he scored 28.2 points per game, but his rebounds per game (8.1) are up from 6.6 last season.