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Melo to the Bulls? Chicago needs to be Patient



In the past couple days, the 2010 drama-filled offseason has continued through the circulating rumors of a Carmelo Anthony deal to the Chicago Bulls. Anthony would be dealt for the Bulls passionate, blossoming center Joakim Noah, as well as a couple other players- likely forward Luol Deng and potentially second year forwards Taj Gibson and James Johnson. The deal surely raises eyebrows of Chicago fans, because Anthony is one of the league’s most prolific scorers and is only 26. Acquiring this type of talent is enticing and should be considered, but thorough examination reveals that this potential deal is not as good as it sounds.

Despite not acquiring LeBron, Dwayne Wade, or Chris Bosh, the Bulls have had a very busy offseason. It has been an afterthought to what has happened in Miami, but they have quietly added pieces to make them a top four team in the East. The biggest of those pieces was power forward Carlos Boozer, who gives the Bulls a scoring threat in the post who figures to compliment Joakim Noah exceptionally well. Not only that, but they signed sharpshooter Kyle Korver, who can help spread the floor for Derrick Rose, and brought in feature role players including Ronnie Brewer, C.J. Watson, Kurt Thomas, and Keith Bogans. They undoubtedly made the most of the offseason after witnessing their top targets head to South Beach, and they already have a young core to build around. They should be in no rush to shake things up now because they have made advances. At this point, would an addition of Carmelo Anthony enhance what they are already doing?

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Adding Carmelo would give the Bulls their own “big three” of Rose, Boozer, and Anthony, but they would not be as near as formidable as the Heat’s trio. Some would argue that a combination of Rose, Boozer, and Anthony would not even be better than the present Bulls, as acquiring Anthony would cost Noah, Deng, and potentially Gibson or Johnson. These looming doubts are part of the reason why the Bulls should not pull the trigger. They have made strides this summer and they should give their young nucleus time to mesh with their recent acquisitions.

Another looming insecurity to potentially acquiring Carmelo is the chance that he bolts for New York at season’s end. He could possibly witness Chris Paul head to NYC to join Amar’e Stoudemire and quickly jump on board. For Chicago, it is not worth giving up some of their solid young players when Anthony is not a sure thing after ’10-’11. Acquiring him now could lure him into signing a long-term deal in Chicago, but it’s not worth the risk. Carmelo will become a free agent at season’s end, and there could be an opportunity then for Chicago to make a move for him, and they wouldn’t have to sacrifice Noah. And thus imagine a future Bulls squad that could keep the likes of Noah and team it with Rose, Boozer, and Anthony, and you suddenly have a team that would contend with Miami. And this is possible, because such a team will surely attract ‘Melo in the same way that New York longs to piece together a Paul, Anthony, and Stoudemire trio.


The Nuggets have implied how they are going to make resigning Carmelo a priority, but after witnessing LeBron and forces join up in Miami, why would Carmelo want to stay? If I were in Denver’s position, I would jump at an opportunity to acquire Noah and Deng. You aren’t going to find any better options. But the Bulls, on the other hand, do have better options. They should exhibit patience to restrain from the attracting thought of teaming Carmelo with D-Rose and Boozer. They have made considerable progress in constructing a fortified team in the Eastern Conference, and the best thing now is to let this team develop together. Their current squad could surprise lots of people and maybe even defeat Orlando or Boston in the playoffs, and such a scenario would prelude a 2011 mid-summer signing of Carmelo perfectly. It isn’t an easy time to be patient in the league, because moves have been made and rumors are swirling everywhere, but the Bulls have reasons to wait that go way beyond the upcoming season.



By Haddon Anderson
Pro Basketball Staff Writer

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