Dec 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) defends against New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: How the Chicago Bulls can sign Carmelo Anthony

Even if star point guard Derrick Rose returned at 100%, which seems highly unlikely at this point, the Chicago Bulls clearly need to add scoring to a team that already thrives on the defensive end.

That is why the Bulls are so often tied to New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, who will likely become a free agent this summer.

Although the Bulls could have problems clearing salary, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders details what the Bulls can do to land Anthony this summer.

The Bulls do have the option of using the one-time Amnesty roster cut on the final year of Carlos Boozer’s contract ($16.8 million) but even paying him to go away does not get the Bulls anywhere close to $22.5 million. It might get them to $16 million. The Bulls could try and trade away a contract like Mike Dunleavy Jr ($3.32 million) and get themselves to $19 million, but then the team is locked into Anthony, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson with little else.

It is absolutely do-able, if the Bulls want to eat those costs, but Bulls sources have said from the beginning that they doubted ownership would approve paying Boozer $16 million to go away and then paying Anthony close to $100 million.

If the Bulls could find a way to trade Boozer in a deal that returns Anthony, or Anthony would sign for something in the $15-$16 million range they would do that, but does Anthony really give Chicago a $21 million discount on a four-year deal?

Of course, the Bulls could also give up one of their key pieces in a sign-and-trade, but that is not something they want to do.

Anthony averaged 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season.

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  • Leroy Boyd

    first of all how did you determine how Rose is going to come back? Secondly this is about the 100 article on how the Bulls can sign Melo and probably the1000 article on someone idea about how Rose will return as a player. It seems that a lot of you sport writers are not the wait and see type of writers.

    I wonder how many of you will eat crow when he comes back with the vengeance of a player who wants to take back his place in the league. I know you writers if right will surely bounce with glee about how you warned us about Rose.

  • jtrain23

    I really don’t know how the article addresses the title. You get rid of Boozer’s salary, trade Dunleavy, and that gets you to around 19-20 million. This is still less than the Knicks can offer. Then you said a sign and trade could work but the Bulls won’t give up assets. So, how is it that the Bulls sign ‘Melo again?

  • Gio

    Anyone know how much money the Bulls saved by trading Luol Deng mid-season for Bynum? I know he was released right after but how does that effect them now? I know deng was going to be a free agent anyways but we had to of opened up some cap room, or do we not see that until next year? I’m just confused why we only will have 16 mill to offer Carmelo if Boozer is gone.


    This writer is what they would say in Paris “le idiot”

  • Shawn

    I have read in a couple articles that the NBA salary cap could go up 5 million before the start of next season. If that happens it would give the Bulls the extra money it needs to sign Melo. (Plus moving Boozer which is a given)