A young fan seated behind the Knicks bench held up a sign encouraging Carmelo Anthony to consider the Bulls — again — when he weighs his free-agent options this summer.

“I saw a lot of signs,” Anthony said in delivering perhaps the best cryptic message of his career.

“It was a good sign,” he would later say. “I mean the kid went to art class ... not the message.”

Anthony’s words are becoming more scrutinized, especially with July 1 drawing closer and his future already having been linked to the Bulls, among other teams.

He was admittedly “embarrassed” by the Knicks’ 109-90 loss on Sunday, yet also impressed with the Bulls’ resolve. Deep down, Anthony knows Chicago could be his best free-agent option.

The Bulls can offer Melo a stable franchise with a fierce, battle-tested roster as well as a superb head coach. The best the Knicks can do is the most lucrative payday, which may be too good to reject.

But if you take Anthony at his word, that winning a title is his top priority even if it means taking less money, well then there are few places better than Chicago.

In a year where the Bulls lost Derrick Rose to a knee injury and traded Luol Deng for nothing more than financial relief, they are still the third-best team in the East and the one team both Indiana and Miami want to avoid in the second round.

Joakim Noah, who recorded a triple-double on Sunday, is in his prime. Jimmy Butler, who chased Melo all over the United Center, is still on his rookie deal. Yes, Rose is a question mark, having essentially missed two seasons with separate knee injuries, but there is no denying his talent nor his will to return to an elite level.

And Carlos Boozer will have to be amnestied to open up salary-cap space to sign Anthony while the Bulls may also have to part with Taj Gibson, an underrated workhorse of a power forward.