Report: Melo Delaying Decison So He Can Team With LeBron in Miami


Are LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony hijacking the early stages of free agency with the hope that Chris Bosh will get impatient and sign with the Rockets?

The New York Knicks and the rest of the world expected a decision from Carmelo Anthony on Monday.  That day came and went without as much as a peep from the star forward.

With James and Heat president Pat Riley expected to meet in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the basketball world waits on Anthony.  Many in NBA circles believe this is a ploy by Anthony to see if he can find a way to join LeBron James on the Miami Heat.

Per Marc Stein of

Popular question raised by last five teams I’ve talked to: Is Melo holding out in hopes Bosh goes to Houston so he can join LeBron in Miami?

 Marc Berman of the New York Post addressed the theory as well.

The Knicks expected Carmelo Anthony’s decision by Monday, but heard only crickets. A growing belief within the organization is Anthony is waiting to make sure there is no possible way of hooking up with LeBron James in Miami or Los Angeles.

While Anthony monitors the South Beach drama, James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley — as soon as Tuesday. The Post has reported the Big 4 scenario was virtually impossible, but if power forward Chris Bosh is wowed by the money in Texas, either Dallas or Houston, that could open a spot for a new Big 3 of James, Anthony and Dwyane Wade splitting the remaining cap space.

It’s purely speculation at this point, and unlikely to happen with Bosh already telling the Rockets that his preference is to remain in Miami and play with James.