Carmelo Anthony deciding between Bulls, Lakers and Knicks per report

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The race to sign Carmelo Anthony is down to the Bulls, Lakers and Knicks, according to a report.

Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony is "torn" in deciding between the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and returning to the New York Knicks, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

The 30-year-old All-Star is experiencing free agency for the first time in his career with multiple suitors, but Isola reports that one of Anthony's close friends claims that he's torn on which team to ultimately sign with.

The Knicks can, and have offered, according to Isola, a bigger contract than both the Bulls and Lakers at five years for $128 million, while the other teams can only offer $75 million over four years and $96 million over four years, respectively.

It appears that money isn't the sole motivating factor for Anthony, as Isola notes some of the factors weighing on his decision and why Chicago is still in the race:

Anthony, 30, is still debating his next move with the Knicks, Lakers and the Bulls as his top three choices, the source claims. Chicago is still in the running despite the fact that the Bulls, barring a sign-and-trade, cannot come close to matching the max deals the Knicks and Lakers offered Anthony last week. However, the Bulls do allow Anthony to stay in the Eastern Conference, play in the large market and join a contending team.

There has been talk of the Miami Heat also being in the running for Anthony, but it would require some cap space movement and with the rumors of LeBron James considering a return to Cleveland, that looks doubtful. It appears Anthony is head to Chicago, Los Angeles or back to New York, but he's yet to indicate either way where he will ultimately end up and has noted previously he would take less money if the situation was right.

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