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Woj says Carmelo Anthony is "leaning toward" leaving the Knicks

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Not just opting out, but going to another team.

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Adrian Wojnarowski:

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is leaning toward leaving in pursuit of immediate championship contention, and awaits the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign him in free agency, league sources told Yahoo Sports.


Anthony's meeting with Knicks officials on Friday night had little impact on his state of mind, league sources said, because there remain too many uncertainties about how quickly president Phil Jackson can reshape the team into a championship contender.

It's early yet-- once Melo opts out, he won't become a free agent until July 1-- but there's the strongest report you'll get of where his head's at after the latest meeting with the Knicks. Woj goes on to suggest Melo doesn't mind playing for a rookie head coach, but feels uneasy about the Knicks' roster and Phil Jackson's wish that he take less than max salary to stay a part of it.

If it is Houston or Chicago, remember the Knicks can arrange a sign-and-trade to avoid losing Melo for nothing.

So yeah. We knew this was a possibility. Someone just told Woj it's a strong possibility. That's all. Aaaaaand I'm going to stop thinking about this and go watch more soccer.