All of the NBA rumors that have linked New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls will be one step closer to playing out, if Anthony chooses to opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.
According to the latest buzz, one way the Bulls could end up with the Knicks star is by trading away Carlos Boozer in a sign-and-trade with the Knicks for Anthony.
The possibility was mentioned by ESPN.com.
One scenario through which Anthony can end up with the Bulls is a sign-and-trade involving Carlos Boozer. Of course, the Knicks would have to agree to a sign-and-trade.
And that’s one of the biggest issues facing New York right now. The Knicks have to decide whether they are willing to execute a sign-and-trade to send Anthony to another team.
This is crucial, because if Phil Jackson & Co. are open to completing a sign-and-trade, Anthony’s options on the open market increase. Both Chicago and Houston are in a position to execute a sign-and-trade for Anthony.
In order for a sign-and-trade to be completed, Anthony would need to be okay with taking less money than he would demand on the open market.
However, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Anthony is interested in winning now and the Bulls would give him a great chance at that by teaming up with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
For Anthony, it will all come down to where he will have the best opportunity to win. In New York, that still looks like a pipe dream.
As far as the Knicks are concerned, if there is any belief from the front office that Anthony will be leaving in free agency, they should work out a deal that will at least bring them something in return.