Chicago or New York for Melo?
Some may look at Carmelo Anthony and his free agency choices of New York and Chicago as a no brainer.
New York can offer Anthony a larger contract if he decides to stay. New York can offer a five-year deal worth $129 million, while other teams can offer four-year, $96 million deals. With the restructuring of the entire Knicks front office, the addition of Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson, as well as the 30+ million more they can offer, the Knicks are sitting in a pretty good position. Remember, this may be His last max contract. As good as the Knicks have positioned themselves, don’t count the Bulls out of this race.
The Bulls can offer Melo a couple things as well that may be pretty attractive in his eyes. With the type of game that Melo has, he needs strong point guard play. Melo can create for himself but having a PG that can create and put him in a catch and shoot position takes the pressure off of his being the “ball stopper” he has to be in New York. He is also known more for his incredible offense and in Chicago they pride themselves on defense. With good defenders on the wings and down low, and a defensive minded coach, the environment and personality of the team will force Melo to work harder and dedicate himself to becoming a better defender.
In the end, going to Chicago would make him an immediate contender in the East and in the race for title contention. This is a point in his career where he will have to make a difficult choice and whatever that choice is, we will know where his priorities stand as far as winning a championship, or getting that max deal he feel he deserves.
So I ask you, Loyalty or Royalty?? (Leave thoughts below)