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Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference forward Kevin Love (42) of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball against Eastern Conference forward Carmelo Anthony (7) of the New York Knicks during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could the Chicago Bulls acquire Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love?

The Chicago Bulls seem dead set on getting a star to team with point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah.

Their top targets are New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, who will almost certainly become a free agent in the summer and Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, who will become a free agent after the 2014-15 season.

Sam Smith wonders if the Bulls could acquire both stars.

Say they did gut their roster except for Noah and Rose to get Love.

Then they could use amnesty and make a case to Anthony to join Rose, Noah and Love. That certainly could be a winning combination even though you only add minimum players after that. The larger issue is those three salaries are about $47 million. That would mean Anthony would have to give up about $65 million to leave New York and sign with the Bulls. Really, no one is going to do that. No winning would be worth that, especially as it would be hardly guaranteed with a four-player roster.

As the veteran scribe points out, there is no way Anthony would expect that kind of deal and if the Bulls really did want both Anthony and Love, it would at the very least cost them all-star center Joakim Noah.

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