Rumors have been swirling around the league for the past few months about a possible Chicago destination for the talented scorer Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls have been making moves to clear up cap space (trading Deng, Most likely using the amnesty provision on Boozer), so Chicago might actually be serious about making a splash either by the trade deadline or in Free Agency. Hoops-nation.com recently released an article discussing a possible trade scenario between the Knicks and Bulls that if were to be completed, would occur by the February 20th trade deadline.
“The report states that the Bulls would be giving up Carlos Boozer, Kirk Hinrich, Tony Snell, Jimmy Butler, and likely a first round pick as well. In return, Chicago would receive Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, and Iman Shumpert. Obviously this is a huge trade that would change the future of both teams dramatically. Chicago is still able to compete with some of the good teams in the NBA despite missing Derrick Rose, and adding Carmelo Anthony might very well be the move that keeps their season alive.” –via Hoops Nation
Personally, I think this trade just seems to good to be true. Although we are dealing with a New York team that is known to have an extremely unstable front office, I just don’t see the Knicks agreeing to a trade where the return on their superstar really isn’t all that high, but honestly who really knows with this organization. In my mind, Jimmy Butler most likely won’t improve too much more, Tony Snell is still very young and not a sure thing what so ever, Kirk Hinrich is OLD, and Boozer is well, Boozer (sorry booz, I still love you “GIMME DAT!”).
Many bloggers, Super Fans, and writers are questioning the Bulls for pursuing Melo, saying that he doesn’t have that drive to win or have the capability to play in Thibodeau’s system due to his poor defense. Personally, I believe a team should do whatever it takes to acquire a superstar. Obviously we won’t part ways with Rose or Noah, but everyone else on the roster should always be on the trading block (Rule #1: Don’t fall in love with your own players). The league today is the most talented it has ever been from top to bottom, so being able to have multiple superstars on one squad is an absolute luxury and should be a goal for many organizations.
In my opinion, Melo would flourish in Thibs’s system. I know I make fun of all my NY buddies for having a superstar like Anthony on their team, but I honestly think he would be a great fit in Chicago. Carmelo has a lot of respect for Tommy Thibs, most likely due to spending a lot of time together in the offseason during USA tournaments and practices. That being said, there is no doubt in my mind that he could at least turn Melo into an average defender (he turned NateRob and Belinelli into average defenders!). Thibs is clearly a winner, and he could definitely turn Anthony into one as well. As long as Carmelo will buy into the Bulls system, there is no reason why these minor changes couldn’t turn into reality.
Carmelo is a bonafide scorer, and anyone who can put the ball in the hole with such minimal effort should deserve a spot on any team, especially one that tends to struggle at times on the offensive end throughout points of the game. Anthony would take a huge load off of Rose’s shoulders, making his life a whole lot easier. He would also instantly turn the Bulls offense from a good one to a GREAT one. If the Bulls can’t strike a deal by the deadline, then they should do whatever it takes this offseason to get him in a Bulls uni. Please Gar and Pax, be aggressive for once and shock the league!
Have a good weekend everyone