Carmelo Anthony Set To Follow In Dwight Howard’s Footsteps?


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Carmelo Anthony is all about channeling his inner Dwight Howard.

Much like Howard did last year, the New York Knicks soon-to-be free-agent forward plans to spend his summer being wined and dined by would-be suitors all intent on securing his high-scoring services.

The 29-year-old Anthony will be become a free agent on July 1 and in addition to Phil Jackson and the Knicks is expected to attract heavy interest from the likes of the Bulls, Rockets, Clippers and Lakers.

And according to The Sporting News, the league’s No. 2 overall scorer behind probable MVP Kevin Durant plans to listen to and entertain each and every offer. Before ultimately settling on Houston last offseason, Howard set up shop in his then host town of L.A., ultimately taking meetings with the Lakers, Mavs, Warriors, Hawks and Rockets.

He wants to be in a situation where he can start winning, and he is going to look at teams based on that,” a source told The News of Anthony, expected to hold all his power summits in downtown Manhattan. “Coaching is only a part of the equation. What they do now is not going to be as important can they win?”

All the Knicks’ uncertainty probably won’t bode well for them either. The team announced the firing of Coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff on Monday and rumors are would-be rookie coach Steve Kerr is the leading candidate to replace him.

Just last week, Anthony hinted his heart might lay in returning to New York, but quickly added at this point in his career he can’t see himself struggling through another losing season the likes of the one he just endured.

During All-Star Game weekend rumors surfaced that Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah zeroed in on Anthony in an effort to convince him to join him and Derrick Rose in Chicago next season. Many feel that Anthony’s averages of 27 points and eight rebounds could be the final piece the Bulls need in again rising to Eastern Conference supremacy

Glenn Minnis is an XN Sports NBA contributor. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, ESPN, BET and AOL. Follow him on Twitter at @glennnyc.