The Chicago Bulls are likely going to put on a full court press to land New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony because he may be the missing piece.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Anthony likely has more faith in the Bulls than the Knicks because of their recent track record.
As for Melo specifically, he wants to win and there is no doubting that Chicago in the same span as the Knicks has won more and become more than the Knicks have.
I think one of the unsaid aspects of the Melo Knicks debate is his faith in the organization to continue to be aggressive, creative and innovative. Chicago has done really well in finding talent, developing talent and obtaining the proper kinds of role guys. Not sure you can say the same is true of the Knicks. That might change under Phil Jackson, but you’re talking about a known situation versus an unknown.
As for your scenario — that’s a real second option, but the goal is to go get the best talent possible and in free agency that’s Carmelo.
I am not sold the Bulls are going to amnesty Boozer, so unless they can trade him, I think the melo hype gets a little moot if the Bulls won’t eat that money.
Of course, as Kyler points out, that may not be fair because the Knicks just brought Jackson in. However, the Bulls are clearly in a better place right now.
Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line last season.