Mar 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after missing a shot against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at the United Center. Chicago defeats New York 109-90. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls want to trade draft picks for Carmelo Anthony cap space

The Chicago Bulls are frontrunners to sign Carmelo Anthony this offseason but they need to maneuver around the salary cap in order to make it happen.

Melo coming to Chicago still seems like a long shot, but the Bulls may or may not be setting things up so that they can make a serious run at him. According to K.C. Johnson from the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are looking to trade their draft picks to avoid having to pay rookie scale wages over the next few years.

While he doesn’t specifically state this is a cost-cutting measure to afford more space for Melo, the dots are not hard to connect.

This makes sense and is likely a major reason why the Bulls are so antsy to trade up with the Denver Nuggets to get the No. 11 pick. The two picks the Bulls have are insanely expendable to them as they’re not interested in rebuilding through the draft.

Not taking on two draft picks seems like chump change when considering the massive contract that Melo would get from Chicago, but every penny counts and if the Bulls can grab a top prospect and only eat one roster spot and half the money, then that’s the most ideal situation for them.

Perhaps the most ideal situation could be to package the picks in a trade with the Knicks, as it appears Chicago has serious options moving forward.

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  • Jenffrj

    Do the right thing and trade the picks to the Knicks, along with a player or two, in a sign and trade. Would be nice to recoup some of the assets they were forced to send to Denver for this self-centered, team-killing malcontent.

    • Leroy Boyd

      What players are you talking about

      • Jenffrj

        Well, the picks are the prize, but they talk of using the amnesty on Boozer, trading Gibson, and giving up the rights to Mirotic. These players should be available.

        • Leroy Boyd

          Lol you cant be serious you actually think the Bulls will trade Gibson, Mirotic and 2 picks? I know Boozer and the amnesty clause makes sense but I cant see the Bulls doing anything such as what you suggest.

          First of all to sign Melo they dont have to trade anyone Melo will be an unrestricted Free agent.