Carmelo Anthony plans to meet with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks once free agency begins on July 1, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. He is expected to consider staying with the New York Knicks, too.
The meetings have not been set up because the teams are not yet allowed to contact free agents. But Anthony has decided he will give those three teams a chance to recruit him when they are able to.
While there has been speculation that Chicago is at the top of Anthony's list of potential destinations, one source said there is no true favorite in his mind.
"Those three teams plus the Knicks seem to be the ones he's going to consider," one source said.
Though the Los Angeles Lakers are not on Anthony's current list, Kobe Bryant plans to recruit him to the team. Bryant, who is close with Anthony, spoke to him by telephone when they were in separate parts of Europe earlier this week.
Bryant told ESPN.com in a text message that he plans to meet with Anthony, as well.
For all the talk about Anthony joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami next season, sources said there has been no talk about going to the Heat from Anthony.
It's worth noting that the Mavericks are about to acquire Tyson Chandler from the Knicks and open up more cap space. This is just speculation, but one would think the presence of Chandler would help Dallas' chances. Still, if he leaves New York, then Chicago and Houston have seemed for a while like his most likely destinations, as they each have two other stars to play alongside him.