Report: Lakers right with Bulls, Knicks in Melo sweepstakes

Report: Lakers right with Bulls, Knicks in Melo sweepstakes
July 5, 2014, 7:30 pm
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What was reportedly down to a two-team race to land free-agent superstar Carmelo Anthony has reportedly grown to a three-team race.

It was reported Friday that the Knicks viewed the Bulls as the only serious threat to lure Anthony away from New York. But a new report Saturday night suggested the Lakers are right there with the Bulls and Knicks in the sweepstakes for the prized free agent.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers are in "strong consideration" with the Bulls and Knicks in Anthony's mind. A decision is said to come by Monday.

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Anthony met with the Bulls on Tuesday and was given a presentation that included Bulls brass and players at the United Center. Wednesday, Anthony was in Texas to meet with the Rockets and Mavericks. Thursday, he was in California to meet with the Lakers — a presentation that reportedly featured Hall of Famer James Worthy and a mock trailer produced by a Hollywood producer — and later met with Knicks representatives Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher.

It was reported Thursday that both the Knicks and Lakers offered Anthony max contracts, though the Knicks' offer is more lucrative.

While the Knicks and Lakers could present better financial reasons for Anthony to sign, many observers view the Bulls as offering the best opportunity for Anthony to win a championship right away, as their roster features much better talent including All Stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.