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Carmelo Anthony is not expected to announce which team he'll sign with on Friday.

LeBron James returning to Cleveland will dominate the headlines and Melo may not want to become an afterthought, though it's conceivable that he's still making up his mind. Knicks president Phil Jackson has expected a decision from Melo for the past few days and with luck we'll hear from him before the end of the weekend.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 16 Days

Phil Jackson is confident that Carmelo Anthony will accept one of the five different contract offers presented to him by the Knicks.

"We have maybe five different options," Jackson said. "There's a lot of different options." One of the offers is the 5-year, $129 million max, but Jackson believes that Melo will accept a more cap-friendly deal. Although Jackson remains confident, he did admit that he expected a decision from Anthony days ago. "I expected [an answer] yesterday and the day before yesterday. But, no, we're waiting."

Carmelo Anthony F NY 17 Days

Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the Knicks "barring a last minute change of heart," according to the NY Daily News.

The report adds Anthony had been "agonizing over this" for the past week. "He will have something for everybody on Thursday," an anonymous friend of Anthony said. "He is really torn because this is the biggest decision of his career. But he wants to get it done in New York. He told me he believes in Phil." The Knicks are likely going to have a tough time winning a title this season because of the contracts of Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani, but things will get better next year. Hopefully this news becomes official and more free agents can agree on deals. Additionally, Yahoo! reported just minutes following this news that Anthony circle believes it's always possible to ask for a trade later.

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There is a growing sentiment around the NBA that Carmelo Anthony is hoping that Chris Bosh will sign with the Rockets so that he can join LeBon James in Miami, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Stein reported that five teams he talked to expressed the same thought as Carmelo's free agency decision drags on. This situation has turned into a bit of a high-stakes game of chicken to see which free agent will blink first and sign with Houston as the Rockets have reportedly offered max contracts to both Bosh and Anthony. The Bulls, Lakers, and Knicks are also in the running for Anthony's services while LeBron could thrown a huge wrench into the entire situation by signing with his hometown Cavaliers. This situation is getting cloudier by the day, but we should have some clarity soon after one of the proverbial dominoes fall.

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Carmelo Anthony is reportedly torn between the offers from the Knicks, Lakers, and Bulls.

The Bulls would be the best team for Carmelo to join if he's a seeking a win-now situation, however he'd need to take a significant pay cut. The Lakers can offer Carmelo a max deal of four-years, and $96 million, while putting him in the spotlight of a major market, but they're far away from being a championship contender. While the Knicks can offer Carmelo the most amount of money, and when Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani come off the books next season New York will have plenty of money to bring in a big-name free agent.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 19 Days

The Knicks "remain confident" in their chances of re-signing unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Lakers have moved into "serious contention" and Melo reportedly was at a pickup game at UCLA with Kobe Bryant, but that report is unconfirmed. Anthony has not informed teams who is ruled out of the running, so the Rockets, Lakers, Bulls, Mavericks and Knicks still have a chance. He is expected to make a decision in the next few days.

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Unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony's decision isn't expected to linger late into the week, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Things are starting to get interesting with Carmelo. The Lakers have moved into "serious contention" for his services while he could wind up in Miami with Chris Bosh taking a max team with the Rockets. Of course, the Knicks are willing to offer him a max deal and he reportedly doesn't want to move his family. It seems almost certain his decision will come before LeBron James'.

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The Lakers have moved into "serious contention" on signing Carmelo Anthony, according to Yahoo! Sports.

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The Lakers made a "major impact" on Carmelo Anthony during their meeting this weekend, according to Bill Simmons of ESPN.

It probably has something to do with Kobe Bryant, who is one of Melo's good friends in the league. In fact, Melo is the only NBA player that is not a teammate or former teammate who is followed on Twitter by Kobe, so that's super important. He is expected to make his decision in the next few days.

Carmelo Anthony F NY 22 Days

Carmelo Anthony left his final free-agency meeting with the Knicks "largely aligned with president Phil Jackson's vision," according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Knicks have a verbal offer of a max deal of five years and $129 million, so if he's really on board with the team's vision, this sounds like he's not going anywhere. He also has a seven-year-old son and that may also help keep him in NY despite the pitches of the Bulls, Rockets, Lakers and Mavericks. The Knicks may have one more tough season on the horizon with Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani on the books, but things should get better in 2015-16.