Free agent Carmelo Anthony plans to hold off on announcing any decision about his future until LeBron James reveals where he will be playing next season, ESPN.com reported Wednesday.
Sources told ESPN.com that Anthony has kept the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and other suitors waiting at least in part to see where James goes and whether there would be any option to join his close friend.
Sources say that the Knicks thought they would know by Monday if Anthony was prepared to commit to new team president Phil Jackson for the long term or sign with the Lakers instead. The Knicks can offer Anthony a five-year maximum deal valued at $129 million, with the Lakers' max offer topping out at $96 million over four years.
According to ESPN, the Lakers' pitch to Anthony included a conversation with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
The Lakers are reportedly determined to wait on James and Anthony before moving on in their pursuit of other free agents.
Anthony held meetings last week with Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Lakers before granting last word to the Knicks on his interview tour.
The New York Daily News reported that Anthony has narrowed his options to the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks.