Jan 24, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) smiles at the end of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden. the Knicks won 125-96. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls acquiring Carmelo Anthony deemed a long shot

The Chicago Bulls are suffering through a terribly mediocre season, and that has fans looking ahead to next year and what the team can do in the offseason to make sure that these kinds of seasons don’t happen again. While the primary focus of the Bulls will be to bring over Nikola Mirotic in the offseason, many are starting to believe that Carmelo Anthony could be in play for the Bulls.

A report over the weekend from Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Melo was leaning towards the Bulls when it comes to where he wants to sign in free agency this summer, but Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson is cautioning fans not to read into that too much.

According to Johnson, it is indeed possible that Melo could sign with the Bulls, it just looks to be a long shot at actually happening.

One issue is even if the Bulls use the amnesty provision onCarlos Boozer, they won’t have anywhere close to enough salary-cap space to offer Anthony a maximum contract. It would take the Bulls making go-for-broke moves like they did in 2010, when they traded Kirk Hinrich into Wizards’ salary-cap space and took nothing in return for a run at LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Bulls fans went through this same song and dance when Dwight Howard was looking for a way out of Orlando, and Chicago showed no interest in pursuing him. They’ll likely be in the conversation to sign Melo, but as any Bulls fan will tell you, the team just doesn’t spend that kind of money even if it has to.

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  • Mike Smith

    u must not know anything the bulls are having a good season even with out d rose

  • Tom

    D Rose could be ready for the playoffs. in the East a .500 record in the east will be a high seed this year. Anything is possible!

  • Matt

    The problem with the comparison to the Hinrich situation is that to make the cap space next year Dunleavy and Taj are moveable assets. If the team really wanted to make the space for Carmelo they could. After they amnesty Boozer, Rose’s contract may be the only one that isn’t moveable and even that isn’t necessary to sign Melo. The problem you really run into is aying Boozer to leave.

  • Don

    “but as any Bulls fan will tell you, the team just doesn’t spend that kind of money even if it has to.” Really? Are you as stupid as the Bulls fans who buy that crap? The Bulls had the 4th-highest payroll in the league (behind NYK, BKN and MIA) this season until the Deng trade… which they did only because Rose is out for the year. They had the 5th highest payroll in the league in 2012-13. Thankfully, the Bulls don’t just blow money for no reason like the Knicks and Nets, but they do spend when they have a chance to win a championship.

  • Jim Edwards

    Carmelo Anthony? That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all day.
    The Bulls front office is smart enough that they would never even consider adding this cancer.

  • Jim Edwards

    D Rose could be ready for the playoffs, I guess.
    But, you forget that they’ve traded Deng. This team is going no where even if by some grace of God D Rose is back for the playoffs and playing MVP caliber basketball.

  • jc

    one thing’s for sure, bulls front office is smart enough to elude temptation. Big name players doesn’t mean championship. The front office knows that the team doesn’t need melo, and the majority of the bulls fan knows that too.