It seems too good to be true. But what if it wasn’t? Could the Chicago Bulls really land both Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James? There is a possibility, but it would have to be done very quickly by the team, and it would require another team being willing to realize they’re behind the proverbial eight-ball. Oh, and it would also require the Bulls to trade Derrick Rose.
There is a trade that the Bulls can pull off with the Miami Heat, a sign-and-trade between the two teams that would center around James. The Bulls could trade Rose, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy, to the Heat for James and Chris Bosh. From there, the team can amnesty Bosh, as they have not used theirs yet. Trading Rose and Dunleavy frees up just over $21 million, and the amnesty of Bosh would give the Bulls almost $20 million more. With that $41 million, ~$20 million would go to James, and around the same amount to Anthony. These contracts, along with the contracts of those remaining with the team, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler still included, would bring the team to almost exactly the salary cap, just under $64 million.
Now, again this would have to be a situation in which the Heat view their chances at retaining James as next to none, but if they believe this, the consolation prize of Derrick Rose would be too good to pass up. Plus, Boozer’s contract ends after the upcoming NBA season, meaning the Heat will free up cap space for the next off-season, meaning they could combine Rose, Dwyane Wade, assuming he’s still playing for the team, and another top-tier free agent. From the Heat’s standpoint, this seems wonderful.
The Bulls of course, would need to move before June 30, which is so soon it seems impossible. But the combination of the best pure offensive player, in terms of mid-range, long-range, driving, and creating shots in Anthony, the best defensive player in the NBA in Joakim Noah and the best player in the world right now, bar none in James, would make Miami’s Big Three look like chumps.
This isn’t a rumor, nor speculation, it’s a possibility. If the team was able to make this trade, it would set up an almost impossible force in the Eastern Conference. Combining the two first round picks into one great point guard, or even shooting guard and letting James or Anthony man the ball handling duties would create an offensive power-house, while Butler and Noah wouldn’t let that fact affect their defensive prowess. If only the team would consider this, and make a juggernaut by completing the deal. A team with Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Joakim Noah would dominate for years to come.