Will Carmelo star in Decision '14?

Will Carmelo star in Decision '14?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 00:02

LeBron James has shut down talk about his potential free agency in 2014, but New York's Carmelo Anthony is talking it up.

Like James, Anthony could opt out of his contract next summer and hit the open market.

"I want to be a free agent," Anthony told the New York Observer. "I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It's like you have an evaluation period. It's like if I'm in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience."

Do the Bulls fit into this plan? Well, Team Rose likes the idea of bringing Anthony to the Bulls. But even if the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer and let Luol Deng walk, they'd need more moves to have enough cap room to make a maximum offer.

If things don't go well for the Knicks this season -- don't forget, they're betting hard on Andrea Bargnani -- Anthony could try to force a trade. A more likely option, though, is the Lakers, who have just about everyone coming off the payroll next summer.

"I came to New York for a reason," Anthony said. "I wanted to come here and take on the pressures of playing in New York."

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