It is obviously no secret the Chicago Bulls want to make a big splash and add another superstar this offseason.
The Bulls have eyes for bother New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony and Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. To acquire either one, the Bulls will have to get rid of veteran power forward Carlos Boozer. They cut waive him via the amnesty clause, which is the most likely scenario. They also may deal him, hopefully in a deal for one of those players, but that could be a little more difficult. Another option could be dealing for a trade exception (TPE), which could keep them over the cap for the time being and they would not lose any of their exceptions (like the mid-level exception) if they can’t land the star they covet. It also could be used in a trade for either Anthony or Love.
Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders believes acquiring a TPE from a team would be a good idea and is a scenario that is possible.
It’s a lofty dream, but not an impossible one. I think Chicago will be much more inclined to spend a TPE from a Boozer trade than they are to buy Boozer out and then pay somebody else, as well. If there’s a team interested in helping the Bulls out like that, then party on. Good luck with that.
I really like the Kevin Love portion of the article, and the more things trickle out the more I like the Bulls as a candidate for him to land. I still think Phoenix will have more to offer, but Chicago will be in it, and they should be. Would be a great fit for both sides.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe.