Which NBA Teams Would Give Carmelo Anthony Max Money?

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Which NBA Teams Would Give Carmelo Anthony Max Money?
Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Carmelo Anthony will have some options this summer.

And although Phil Jackson's presence in the New York Knicks front office has everyone around Madison Square Garden feeling better about the team's chances of retaining the league's second-leading scorer, 'Melo's summer of freedom looms large on the horizon.

Anthony will test the free-agency waters by exercising the early-termination option in his contract with the Knicks, allowing him to field offers from teams around the league.

Despite the Knicks' woeful season, 'Melo has thrived this year. In fact, he's enjoying a career-best campaign by many statistical measures. His player efficiency rating is at an all-time high of 25.1, he's averaging more rebounds per game than ever and his true shooting percentage is higher than it's been in any of the past five years.

As such, 'Melo is going to command top dollar.

But which squads around the league can afford to pay him what he's worth? And which ones have the combination of big-market appeal and winning potential he craves?

The list isn't as long as you might think.

 

*All salary data via Shamsports.com.

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