Jan 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) gestures after scoring during the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Chicago won 108-101. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Carlos Boozer could be trade filler for Carmelo Anthony

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The Chicago Bulls are sort of getting trolled by Phil Jackson, but it’s hard to tell if it’s indeed a trolling effort or if Jackson is actually considering the situation he’s trolling the Bulls with.

After months of saying Carlos Boozer wouldn’t be accepted in a trade for Carmelo Anthony, Jackson is now saying he’d accept bad money and draft picks in a trade for Melo.

Sam Amick from USA Today reports that the Knicks and Phil Jackson want to bring Melo back and want to keep him in New York for the long haul but if they do indeed need to trade him to the Chicago Bulls then accpeting Carlos Boozer back in a sign-and-trade is something that is now being considered.

Yet while some have been skeptical that the Knicks would go for such a deal, new team President Phil Jackson would have to consider it, and a person with knowledge of the situation said it’s expected that he would.

Acquiring Boozer and is awful contract was a non-starter for the Knicks not that long ago but there has always been rumors that the team might be open to it if they had to be. That is now the case but consideration of such a deal is coming at a time in which the Knicks are clear frontrunners to re-sign Melo, which makes this all a little strange.

Perhaps it’s all a gloating mind game that Jackson is playing with the man in Chicago who used to employ him, as now that it appears clear Jackson will keep the prized free agent the Bulls covet, he’s rubbing salt in the wound by saying he’d accept Boozer in a trade that will never happen.

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