First, we’d have a decision by Sunday. Then Monday. Then early in the week. Here we sit, the end of the week, and Carmelo Anthony has yet to make a decision on his team.
After reports stating the Knicks would be his destination, it now sounds like Anthony has reopened the decision-making process, with the Bulls, Knicks, and Lakers all possibilities.
While all signs pointed to Anthony agreeing to a five-year, $129.5 million deal with the Knicks by now, there has been nothing — no decision, and no communication with the Knicks, as team president Phil Jackson revealed Thursday.
At Summer League in Las Vegas, Jackson told reporters that he’d texted Anthony since their free-agent meeting, but Anthony hasn’t responded. The team that has been viewed as the strongest suitor for Anthony, Chicago, hasn’t been apprised of his intentions, either — but a league source told CBSSports.com Thursday that the Bulls and the Lakers remain under consideration for the seven-time All-Star.
Anthony’s decision has drug on, leaving teams and free agents in limbo. Between he and LeBron James, free agency has come to a complete halt, unlike any other free agency seen before. The two biggest players on the market will decide how the rest of free agency will unfold, but neither are in a rush to decide.
The Lakers have remained committed on Anthony, holding off other options pending Anthony’s decision. However, the longer his decision takes, the more anxious the Lakers and, more importantly, other free agents, will become.