When it comes to free agents-to-be such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and the like, the possibilities are seemingly endless. That's especially true in early March, when all the questions about how each scenario might actually come to pass don't necessarily need answers yet because, well, it's early March.

So this week, the Anthony-to-the-Chicago Bulls scenario stole all the headlines when the New York Knicks star was reported to have plotted a possible partnership with Bulls big man Joakim Noah at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

et one person with knowledge of the discussion told USA TODAY Sports that the extent of the talks were overblown and even intimated that Anthony's camp may have made a point to share their chat with the world as a way to remind the Knicks he is considering leaving that extra contract year and about $30 million behind by leaving New York this July. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks.

That's not to discount the possibility of Anthony landing with the Bulls, though they don't have the necessary salary cap space to sign Anthony and would need to make a number of moves to make this happen. No, it's only to point out that player politics will be part of this puzzle from here until July and much of what will transpire will need to be interpreted.