New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he thought at one point during this summer's free agency period that he would join the Chicago Bulls, according to a report from the New York Post's Marc Berman.
Anthony was courted by several teams, including the Rockets, Lakers, Bulls and Mavericks before ultimately choosing to re-sign with the Knicks on a deal worth more than $122 million (less than the $129 million maximum) over five years.
Before he re-upped with New York, a report surfaced that Anthony had narrowed his options down to the Bulls and Knicks. In a new documentary about Anthony's free agency set to air Tuesday, he said he was close to asking for a sign-and-trade to Chicago.
“It came down to Chicago and New York,’’ Anthony said during the program. “Chicago was the one from Day 1 [and] was something I was very impressed with. They were looking for someone like me to come in and take them to the next level. So it was perfect.
“It was a perfect setup and perfect fit for me in Chicago. But also I had to think about just living in Chicago. Do I want to live in Chicago? Do I want to take everything I created in New York and move all of that? It came down to that. But there was one point in time I was like, ‘Oh, I’m going.' "
The Bulls reportedly began focusing on reaching a deal with forward Pau Gasol after believing they would not agree to terms with Anthony. Chicago and Gasol eventually agreed to a deal worth more than $22 million over three years.