(Associated Press)

This much is known: The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony is expected to opt out of his contract and test the free agent market this offeseason. Also known, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News: Anthony will follow the path laid out by Dwight Howard in determining where he’ll play next season.

Free agency opens on July 1, and, the source said, Anthony would like, “the Dwight Howard treatment.” That means he wants to go through the same sort of process that Howard went through last summer, when Howard set up shop in Los Angeles and set up meetings with five teams — Houston, the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta — each of whom came in and made formal presentations.

Anthony has not finalized any list of teams, but the Knicks and Bulls are certain to be on it.

Deveney goes on to say that if Anthony stays in New York, he likely will have to face the prospect of another mediocre season. The Knicks will be well over the salary cap even if Anthony leaves, and they don’t have a first-round draft pick because they traded it away to Denver when they acquired Anthony. New York should be poised to spend freely in 2015, when Marc Gasol, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and a host of other big names will be free agents, but he’ll be 31 by then, so does he really want to wait?