The Knicks expected Carmelo Anthony’s decision by Monday, but heard only crickets. A growing belief within the organization is Anthony is waiting to make sure there is no possible way of hooking up with LeBron James in Miami or Los Angeles.

While Anthony monitors the South Beach drama, James is expected to meet with Heat president Pat Riley — as soon as Tuesday. The Post has reported the Big 4 scenario was virtually impossible, but if power forward Chris Bosh is wowed by the money in Texas, either Dallas or Houston, that could open a spot for a new Big 3 of James, Anthony and Dwyane Wade splitting the remaining cap space.

However, that scenario became trickier with Miami agreeing to terms with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger on Monday, though not impossible. If Wade takes a significant paycut, Riley can be creative in fitting James and his buddy Anthony under the salary cap.

The Lakers, too, would have to be creative in fitting in James and Anthony. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with James’ agent in Cleveland on Friday and their pie-in-the-sky plan was adding both stars and creating more cap space by dealing Steve Nash’s contract.

The Rockets have reportedly already offered Bosh a maximum contract of four years, $96 million, though they still have to trade Jeremy Lin to clear room. Despite Miami’s mammoth cap space, Anthony did not make a recruiting visit. A report stated Bosh would stay put and take a big paycut if he knew James were coming back to Miami.

So Anthony is still dealing with essentially three clubs, the favored Knicks, the Lakers and the Bulls, who would need a sign-and-trade to net Anthony because they don’t have enough cap space to make him a competitive offer.