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.