Mar 5, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) dribbles in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer (13) at Target Center. The Knicks win 118-106. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Bulls not expected to have cap space for Carmelo Anthony


The Chicago Bulls and their expected pursuit of New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony has been a hot topic as of later.

However, the Bulls aren’t in the great cap situation many perceive them to be.

They would have to make several moves, including the use of amnesty clause of Carlos Boozer and a trade of power forward Taj Gibson and Mike Dunleavy, Jr., among others.

That would mean Anthony wouldn’t be taking a small pay cut to sign with the Bulls, he’d be taking significantly less money.

That’s why the Bulls aren’t expected to sign Anthony, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

Does anybody really think that’s going to happen? I can safely say that Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, hopes that it doesn’t. The Bulls apparently don’t think it will, either, since I’m told they haven’t gotten as far as we have here in crunching these numbers. Even if the Bulls could somehow clear enough room to offer Anthony the true max for four years, that’s never been how they’ve operated — not for a soon-to-be 30-year-old free agent, anyway.

Anthony is averaging 28.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season.

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  • tdh

    Lebron makes $19M and is an annual MVP candidate on a winning team. Melo makes $23M and is not in the MVP discussion and is on a losing team. LeBron makes less with his NBA contract, but his “brand” is way higher value now that he has 2 rings…period. Melo will best serve his “brand” by winning, not by focusing on a max NBA contract. The off-court money will come faster if you are a winner. Nobody talks about LeBron choking in the playoffs anymore do they, or call him hyped either, do they? We hear Melo does not play D and other things though. Chicago can offer $16M to 18M without trading Gibson if they can unload Dunleavy and amnesty Boozer and concede bringing over Mirotic and trading his rights. That is near LeBron money, and more than Kevin Durant made this season also MVP candidate and on a contending team. A team with Rose/Butler/Melo/Gibson/Noah and their depth and coming draft picks is potentially a rival to IND and MIA in the East. If Melo wants max money, then CHI is not “losing” anything if he signs elsewhere. They should not trade Gibson to have a shot at Melo, nor should they S&T to get Melo so the NYK front office can gut the depth of their team and picks to recover from their mistakes with Melo. This article says they must lose Gibson and focus on this concept of CHI paying him Max money. That will not happen, but that is not their pitch to Melo. They will show LeBron’s situation and offer him what is possible without making the team a “loser”. Melo has said he would consider signing for less than max money to play for a winner, and this is what he was talking about. Not trying to get a winning team to pay him $23M next season.

  • Escobeats

    Amnesty Boozer unload dunleavy then go for melo and bring Taj up to power forward