The Chicago Bulls had been itching to trade Luol Deng all season, and they were finally able to broker a deal that sent Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum along with three future draft picks. Not only does this deal indicate the Bulls’ lack of faith in their current roster, but it also all but eliminates any possibility of Chicago making a run at Carmelo Anthony this season.
Obviously, the overwhelming sentiment around the league seems to be that the New York Knicks need to deal Anthony before the February trade deadline, but a deal with the Bulls does not seem feasible now. Of course, Chicago could offer the Knicks a first-round pick in the 2014 draft — which New York currently doesn’t have — but it’s far too early for New York to throw in the towel on the season at this point.
Chicago will be looking to build a contender for the future, and it would honestly be too much of a gamble to expect Anthony to re-sign with the team beyond this year if they were to make the trade. Derrick Rose‘s future is in limbo, and Chicago would lack any proven veterans to complement either of their star players. Chicago will likely waive Bynum and amnesty Carlos Boozer at the end of the season, so I wouldn’t expect the Bulls to make a deal for Anthony now.
The only scenario that makes sense for a team to trade for Anthony would be if that team feels adding him would potentially make them a championship contender this year, and clearly Chicago doesn’t fit in that category.
Now, the very reason everyone is calling for the Knicks to trade Anthony is the same reason teams are reluctant to go after him. He comes with a steep asking price, and there is no guarantee that he will be willing to stay with any team beyond this season.
Sorry Chicago fans, but if you were hoping the Bulls would be acquiring Anthony via a trade with the Knicks that thought has just been shattered to bits by the Bynum for Deng deal.