Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) walks back to the bench during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 102-91. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Bulls Free Agency Rumors: Bulls Optimistic About Landing Carmelo Anthony

While a Chicago Bulls playoff is always exciting, a far more exciting storyline is looming in the background for the Bulls.

The storyline being the Bulls’ eventual pursuit of free agent to be Carmelo Anthony. When speaking with reporters at the end of the season, Anthony indicated that winning would be his top priority.

If winning does indeed take precedence over money for Anthony, then the Bulls may just have a legitimate chance at landing the all-star. Not only do the Bulls believe that they have a legitimate chance at signing Anthony but the team is actually optimistic about their chances.

Pay close attention to how Marc Stein of ESPN ended that tweet. Stein ended that tweet with “Now this.” The reason for Stein saying “Now this” could be extremely significant to the Bulls’ pursuit of Anthony.

What Stein was referring to in saying “Now this” is the current belief that there will be a $5 million jump in the salary cap next season.

This is indeed a game changer for the Bulls’ pursuit of Anthony. This means that instead of only being able to offer Anthony about $14 million per season without stripping their roster, the Bulls would be able to push their offer near the $20 million per season mark. A scenario that would financially make the Bulls closer to what the Knicks can offer.

There is no question that for Anthony, if winning truly is his priority, that the Bulls would be the best team to sign with. With an emerging Joakim Noah and returning Derrick Rose, the Bulls would have a Big 3 that would rival the trio in Miami.

The Bulls are going to make an offer to Anthony but the team is not going to break the bank. That is why the unexpected jump of $5 million could be instrumental to the Bulls’ chances of landing Anthony.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls NBA Free Agency

comments powered by Disqus