(CBS) When free agency begins on July 1, Carmelo Anthony will visit the Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks, ESPN.com reported Wednesday afternoon.
This news comes as little surprise, as all three teams have been rumored to have interest in him. By no means do the visits mean the Knicks are out of the running for Anthony, as they can still offer him more than $30 million more than any other suitor if he decides to re-sign in New York.
Along with the Rockets, the Bulls have been reported to be a front-runner by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, if he so chooses to leave the Knicks.
While nothing earth-shattering, what is notable here is that the Lakers and Heat aren’t on Anthony’s initial visit list. However, Lakers star Kobe Bryant told ESPN.com in a text that he still plans to meet with Anthony as well.
ESPN.com also reported that for all the talk about Anthony joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, “sources said there has been no talk about going to the Heat from Anthony.”
Chicago could potentially sign Anthony using outright cap space if it uses the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer, or it could try to leverage New York into a sign-and-trade. Either way, it will take some maneuvering from the Bulls.