Now that we have entered the offseason, two of the NBA most-discussed teams, the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks, have a lot of decisions to make.
The most important of which is centered around the future of Carmelo Anthony.
Both teams would love to Anthony on their roster next season and although the Knicks can offer him an extra year and over $30 million more, many believe he will leave the Knicks for the Bulls to chase a championship.
Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders believes it may be in the best interest of both teams to work out a sign-and-trade for Anthony.
A package of Boozer, Dunleavy, two 2014 first-round picks (16 and 19) and perhaps a future first should be a workable package for both the Knicks and Bulls.
If the Knicks have accepted that the investment in Anthony is too limiting at the price, they’re adding on multiple draft picks while taking on salary that doesn’t hinder their goals beyond next season.
Dunleavy had a nice season for the Bulls, but Anthony fills a greater need. If Chicago is pressing to win with their current core, the draft picks shouldn’t be as great a priority.
Should the Knicks try to acquire Mirotic as price for Anthony? Absolutely, but then the Bulls should do their part to try and keep the rights to one of the top players in Europe.
Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season.