As the Bulls forward through a long six-game road trip maintaining the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, mind all eyes and Chicago NBA buzz is currently centered around New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony.
Last week ‘Melo took the league by storm when he exploded for a career-high 62 point performance against the Bobcats. Honestly, purchase who scores 62 points in one game? That’s more than a point for every minute of playing time!
After Melo’s historic performance, the spotlight is again focused on the sharpshooter’s potential free agency this summer and rumor has it he’s got his sights set on Chicago.
Why would Anthony want to leave the Knicks you ask? Despite his recent extraordinary performance, the Knicks are crawling their way through a very weak Eastern Conference. For Melo to be seen as anything other than a dominate scorer he needs to win himself a title and from the looks of it he’s not going to get there with his crew in NY.
If the Bulls have learned anything from their foes in Miami, it’s that championships are won with more than one superstar. We’re all aware the Bulls’ front office intends on continuing to build their organization around the return of Derrick Rose, but why not include another powerhouse to take on some of the heavy lifting and guarantee another 25 points (at the least) a game?
- Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony and Kobe Bryantare good friends. What would be better than winning a championship alongside your best bud? The Lakers are always a top destination for the big free agents, but what’s not to love about palm trees and beaches?
- Chicago Bulls: Maybe Anthony wants to play alongside Derrick Rose, loves deep dish Chicago style pizza or wants to live in a city that believes in alleys, but he is rumored to be leaning towards Chicago as his top possible destination.
How Could this Happen?
- First things first, Melo would have to actually LEAVE the Knicks. After playing in Denver he fought hard to get himself to the Big Apple with the big contract. The Knicks can also offer him the most lucrative contract – we’re talking big money.
- Chicago would potentially have enough cap space to be big spenders come free agency this summer. It means they would absolutely amnesty Carlos Boozer (which is inevitable at this point), drop Mike Dunleavy’s contract and no Nikola Mirotic (the Serbian player off in Europe who we’ve been waiting on for quite some time).
- He’d have to be up for a pay cut. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks can offer Melo a maximum contract of $129 million over five years. Any other potential teams can offer Anthony a maximum of $96 million over four years.
Could Melo Fit in With the Bulls?
- The pessimists say Anthony’s offensive play wouldn’t strategize well with Thibodeau’s defensive schemes. It could be another Carlos Boozer situation.
- The difference between Carmelo Anthony and Carlos Boozer is that Melo isn’t soft on offense. He plays his position (small forward) to perfection offensively. His defense needs some work, but maybe Thibs could take him up a notch.
- I have flashes of Rose on the pick and roll having Anthony, one of the hottest shooters in the NBA, as an option outside the arc. Who would opponents guard? Rose, Butler, Noah, or Melo? It could be beautiful basketball for our Bulls. Sign me up for season tickets!
- LaLa Anthony, Melo’s lovely lady, thinks her husband will re-sign with the Knicks. She recently said in an interview with Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” that she knows, “that he wants to stay (in New York), and I support him wherever he wants to go.” She also threw in if she can live in Denver she can live anywhere with her hubby.
- If anyone knows Anthony best it would probably be the woman he shares pillow talk with every night at home.
As we all sit under blankets in Chibera, summer seems like a lightyear away. What better way to get us through the chilly days than to get our gossip on about potential NBA superstars joining our Chicago Bulls? Don’t get your hopes up too much, rumors are only rumors until the deal is actually made.