It looked like the Chicago Bulls were the front runner to land New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony and after meeting with him Tuesday, the Bulls expressed confidence. However, after visits with the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony is meeting with the Knicks and most believe he will wind up staying in New York.
Anthony big fish who isn’t a free agent but is very available is Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
When Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders outlined the Bulls’ offseason, he suggested they attempt to trade for Love.
They obviously will start by offering much less, but Chicago can put together a very attractive package featuring some combination of their two first-rounders this year, any future first-rounders, a top-10 protected pick from the Sacramento Kings, and Taj Gibson. They could also take back bad salary from the Wolves like Kevin Martin or Chase Budinger to make things more palatable. Boozer would of course be included for salary matching.
This package would probably be the best of any team with which Love might actually want to re-sign once he is traded. Other potential suitors might include Houston, Phoenix, and Golden State, but none feature the combination of Love-appeal and assets that the Bulls possess.
Now that the Bulls might be losing their grasp on Anthony, they may turn their attention back to Love.
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. 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