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Whether or not the Bulls are front-runners has been the topic of conversation since the season ended.
The favorites, along with Chicago, are the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks. After Anthony's July 1 meeting with the Bulls, many believed they had won over the seven-time All-Star and that he'd be willing to take less money if it meant keeping a full roster, per ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell.
If that's the case, there's no denying Chicago is the best option, as they'll have a championship-ready roster with one of the league's top coaches in Tom Thibodeau.
Still, some believe the Knicks are front-runners, even after the meeting in Chicago. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tweets that while the Bulls were able to connect with Anthony, the Knicks are still favorites.
Chances are Anthony will have to take a pay cut to play with the Bulls, and that's where New York holds a major advantage over any other suitors. It can offer a five-year deal worth $129 million, whereas other teams can offer only four years with a max salary of $96 million.
It's a lot of money to leave on the table, especially when this could be Anthony's last max deal.
However, the 30-year-old forward has stated he is willing to take less money when he spoke during the All-Star break in February, per ESPNNewYork.com:
As far as the money, it don't really matter to me, if I go somewhere else, I get paid. If I stay in New York, I get paid. As far as the money goes, it's not my concern. My concern is to be able to compete on a high level, a championship level, coming in this last stretch of my career. I want to compete at that level.
So are the Bulls front-runners? It depends on how patient Anthony is.
If 'Melo is as serious as he said he is about winning, Chicago is the place to go. If the extra year and $33 million is more enticing, then New York is the only destination, but he'll have to wait a year before the Knicks can make any serious moves to contend.