The Carmelo Anthony-LeBron James Free Agency Rumors Are Officially Out Of Control

  • Eric Goldschein

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Every day that passes in July without a big NBA signing is another day that tabloids, beat reporters and even the fine people over at ESPN come up with ridiculous rumors to spread in exchange for clicks.

Fine, consider us no different for passing this latest one along, but this one is too nuts to ignore (plus, it demonstrates how deadlocked this free agency period has become).

Yesterday, we talked about the possibility that Carmelo Anthony is biding his time, waiting for Chris Bosh to bolt Miami for Houston so he could take a spot in the Heat’s Big 3 for himself. If the likelihood of that happening was about a 3 out of 10, consider this a .01 out of 10. Via everyone’s favorite newspaper, the New York Post:

This is Carmelo Anthony’s “dream” — play in New York with LeBron James this season…

According to a friend of Anthony’s, Melo has held out faint hope Knicks president Phil Jackson can pull a miracle and clear out the necessary salary-cap space to get it done, but he is running out of time. Anthony’s decision could come in the next couple of days…

The scenario in which Anthony could join Miami to form a new Big Three with Wade if Bosh accepted the max offer from Houston is tantalizing. But Anthony would rather do it in New York.

Whether Anthony wants to stay in New York without James is a question only he knows.

So we’ve gone from “LeBron James is leaning towards Cleveland” to “LeBron James is leaning towards Miami” to “Carmelo Anthony is leaning towards New York” to “Carmelo Anthony is seriously considering L.A.” to “Carmelo Anthony is looking to join Miami” to “Carmelo Anthony wants LeBron James to want to lean towards New York.” Got that?

The concept of the Knicks clearing up $40 million by shipping out the terrible contracts of Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire and (along with Iman Shumpert) is insane. And if the Knicks did that — likely by attaching their only decent young assets, like Tim Hardaway Jr., to the deals — and LeBron didn’t come to New York? What then? Phil Jackson wants to make big things happen, but even he’s got to be pragmatic here.

Once again, we see how nothing will get done until something gets done, but something won’t get done while nothing has been done. The ultimate Catch-22. In the meantime, let’s read more ridiculous rumors and hope they are/aren’t true.

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