You might have heard by now, but Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
With an early-termination option, he could very well opt out and hit the open market, looking to sign another max deal that would keep him up near the top of the leaderboard when it comes to NBA salaries.
But who would he sign with?
Fortunately, he'd have plenty of options.
Not too many teams will have enough cap space to sign a max-contract player (which Anthony will surely be), but most of those squads wouldn't mind adding one of the NBA's best scorers to their roster. After all, not many players are capable of exploding for 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats, as 'Melo did on Jan. 24.
It's important to note that these potential landing spots are being ranked by how appealing they should be to Anthony—not by how appealing we've heard Anthony thinks they are, and not by how much the team in question actually desires the services of the New York Knicks small forward.
Earlier in January, LeBron James told Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News the following about what 'Melo should do when he inevitably hits the open market:
Whatever makes him happy. You have to do whatever makes (you) happy at the end of the day. If you're happy, the game of basketball is going to be fun for you. Strive to be great every day and you can live with whatever else happens. So we'll see.
So, what would make Anthony—a player who covets scoring opportunities, big markets, money and rings—the happiest?