Apr 11, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots a free throw against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Knicks beat the Raptors 108-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chicago Bulls Leading In Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes

With the NBA Finals nearing an end (it’s over, Miami), that means that the attention will turn exclusively to the NBA Off-Season. A period that could see significant changes to the Chicago Bulls.

By this point, it is no secret that the Bulls have identified potential free agent Carmelo Anthony as their top target.

So far, two questions have limited the chances that the Bulls have at landing Anthony.

Those questions being…

Will Anthony stay true to his word sacrifice money for winning?

Can the Bulls muster up enough resources to fit Anthony into their plans?

To answer the first question, it would appear that Anthony is intent on his desire to win. The latest report comes from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Wojnarowski reports that Anthony is leaning towards leaving the New York Knicks in free agency and that the Bulls and Houston Rockets are the two favorites to sign the Knicks’ superstar this summer.

With the first question answered, time to answer the second question.

The Bulls can scrounge up the resources to sign Anthony, though, it would be complex. The first thing the Bulls would need to do is amnesty Carlos Boozer. After that, the Bulls would likely need to then trade Taj Gibson and another player (Mike Dunleavy) to create additional cap space. In addition, the Bulls would also need to find away to rid themselves of one of their first round draft picks. The Bulls likely do not want to have two first round-rookie scale contracts on their payroll.

In comparison to the Rockets, the Bulls likely would be the more appealing team to Anthony.

Based on the Eastern Conference alone, the Bulls have a likelier chance of making it to the NBA Finals than the Rockets do in the Western Conference.

The Bulls also have a head coach in Tom Thibodeau that Anthony has dreamed about playing for. Anthony has also grown close to Bulls’ center Joakim Noah this past season. Add all those factors together while also including a returning and healthy Derrick Rose, and Anthony would seemingly be the piece to get the Bulls over the top.

With the NBA Draft occurring at the end of June and before free agency, the Bulls first need to unload one of their first round draft selections. If that happens, then that may be an indicator that the Bulls plan on making a strong push for Anthony.

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    We shall see im not about to believe anything until i see name signed on dotted line

    on another note anthony really needs to look at what the spurs do and see that the bulls need money to surround him and rose if he comes to the bulls …they need shooters even more then what they have now
    everybody on that bench except the center needs to be 3 point efficient when wide open cause with rose and melo they will be.

    he needs to take about 15 million or 16 million so that bulls can still bring mirotic

    but the bulls need to trade boozer to get their mid level

  • Leroy Boyd

    There have been so many articles written about what the Bulls should do to get enough money to sign Melo that nothing seems real. I have heard so many suggestions as to what and who they have to give up or use in a trade.

    What is true I have no idea and it seems every wtitten article on the subject has a different spin on it

  • Bob Fusky

    Bulls seem like logical choice to me. FWIW, the Straighthoops blog has an excellent article on Melo’s impending free agency – insight, def worth a read: http://straighthoops.com/courting_carmelo.html

  • Mel

    Now why would Anthony want to come to the Bulls if they have to trade Gibson to get him. The whole point of him coming here is to keep most of the team intact. In order to get him here, the Bulls have to trade Boozer rather than amnestying him. They would also have to use their late season signees such as Brewer and Admundsen for their salary exception, adding a couple of million more to the deal. Finally they would have to trade their draft picks, either to New York along with Boozer , to someone else for future consideration. This would give the Bulls a max of $18 million to give Anthony, meaning that Anthony would have to sacrifice about $6 million a year for five years. If he wants to seriously take a team to the promised land, he’s going to take that deal. If he wants more we can trade Dunleavy as well for nothing to open more cap space and bring his salary closer to $21 million. That in the end should get the deal done. It should also give the Bulls a MLE to bring over Mirotic. The rest of the team would have to be filled out with veteran minimum salaries, hopefully to bring back Hinrich and Fredette, and allowing us to get a backup for Noah.

    • Leroy Boyd

      Melo can sign a 5 year deal only if its a sign a trade. But the Bulls are not trying to sign and trade him they want to keep all the role players they want to acquire Melo without losing players. The picks dont matter I say trade them both yo Denver for the 11th pick and use that pick to acquire a player of impact.

      if the Bulls have to give up several players and picks that deal wont happen