The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks may just be working on a sign-and-trade involving Carmelo Anthony.
During the NBA Draft on Thursday night, the news was first reported that the Bulls traded three draft picks (No. 16, No. 19, and a future second round draft pick) to the Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott. McDermott was the No.11 overall selection by the Nuggets.
It seemed off that the Bulls traded away three draft picks for McDermott despite the fact that move cleared salary cap space.
Well, the pieces are starting to be pieced together.
In addition to McDermott, the Bulls will also be acquiring Anthony Randolph from the Nuggets.
That would be where things get interesting for the Bulls.
Randolph, a 24-year old small/power forward making $1.825 million next season, is not a fit for the Bulls.
With that in mind, Randolph appears to be a part of a sign-and-trade involving another team.
This is where the Knicks come into play.
Randolph started the 2010-2011 season with the Knicks. The Knicks reluctantly included Randolph in a three way trade that season with the Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves that season that resulted in the Knicks acquiring…Carmelo Anthony.
The same Carmelo Anthony that opted out of his contract with the Knicks this past Monday. And, the same Carmelo Anthony that has been rumored to be leaving the Knicks once free agency starts on July 1.
Realizing that Anthony is leaving it is possible that Knicks began working out a sign-and-trade with the Bulls. If that is the case, then Randolph would be an ideal candidate for the Knicks. Randolph’s $1.825 million contract expires after the 2014-2015 season. Randolph’s expiring contract would seem to fall in line with the Knicks’ rebuilding plans.