The nail in the coffin for any small hopes of acquiring Anthony. According to a source (via ESPN), his wish list is down to one team. The New York Knicks:
And while other franchises might be able to make better offers, Anthony
will not agree to sign anywhere long-term unless he is dealt to New
York, according to the source, who has been privy to private discussions
between Anthony, his representatives and the Nuggets organization.
Carmelo source tells News that Melo's first choice is still Knicks but he'd also consider deals with Chicago & NJ should Denver trade him
While I think Anthony definitely could help the Bulls if he came here in the right package, I'm not too broken up about him not coming here if (as I expect) it doesn't happen. The fit with Anthony, who's a volume scorer, with this team would be dicey alongside Rose/Boozer.
His greatest strengths would have been mitigated on a team that has two other primarily offensive options, especially since those two are more fitting of a two man game. That said, his ability to get to the free throw line and overall talent would have obviously been an upgrade as long as the cost wasn't too high.
However, all of that may be irrelevant. If Melo wants New York, and with the Knicks off to a hot start,it's hard to make the claim that Chicago is a notably better winning situation for him, then he'll get NY. They have cap room this summer, so he can control his own destiny by waiting.
He won't need a S&T from Denver to land in NY on a max contract next year, so the Nuggets don't have all that much leverage. The only benefit he gets out of a contract now is that it will be on the old CBA, a nicety, but he's made enough money that if his heart is in New York, his body will end up there too.
Probably nothing really new here, but just a bunch of reports because Anthony happened to play the Knicks.