Are Bulls still a finalist for Carmelo Anthony?

Are Bulls still a finalist for Carmelo Anthony?
July 7, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

Carmelo Anthony was supposed to make his decision on where to sign by the end of the weekend.

Well, the weekend's over and we still don't have an answer. The Melo Saga rages on.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who spoke to someone close to Melo, the NBA superstar is "still debating his next move with the Knicks, Lakers and the Bulls as his top three choices, the source claims."

More from Isola:

Chicago is still in the running despite the fact that the Bulls, barring a sign-and-trade, cannot come close to matching the max deals the Knicks and Lakers offered Anthony last week. However, the Bulls do allow Anthony to stay in the Eastern Conference, play in the large market and join a contending team.

 

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Anthony has given no indication as to when he will decide his future. Throughout last season, Anthony repeatedly said that he enjoyed playing and living in New York and that it would be hard for him to leave. He also suggested that he would consider taking less money to which Jackson repeatedly challenged Anthony, publicly, to stay true to his word. How that was received by Anthony is unclear. He did say two weeks ago that he had a "great meeting" with Jackson, who last Friday offered Anthony a max deal to remain in New York.

The Bulls had been considered among the top options for Melo's services over the last few months, given the win-now nature of their roster with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Co.

But as the holiday weekend wore on, it appeared that Melo was down to either the Knicks or Lakers.

Isola's source has the Bulls back in the running as of Monday.

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Of course, these rumors are all fluid until Melo actually puts pen to paper and signs a deal somewhere. At this point, who knows when that will be.

In the mean time, we have plenty of LeBron news to keep us entertained, as well.