5 Reasons Why Chicago Bulls Mustn’t Trade for Carmelo Anthony
5 Reasons Why Chicago Bulls Mustn't Trade for Carmelo Anthony
The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and as always teams all around the association are scrambling to complete last-minute deals that will help their franchise for the second half of the season. The Chicago Bulls have been rumored to be looking to acquire Carmelo Anthony, who could be an excellent addition to the roster, but the Bulls should not be looking to trade for the star forward.
As the New York Knicks struggle with too many injuries to list, Anthony has been forced to carry the Knicks all season long. New York has relied upon Anthony to provide the majority of the team's scoring and rebounding, as he leads the team in both categories.
Unfortunately, Anthony's efforts have not led to much team success, and if the Bulls were to attempt a trade for Anthony, Chicago may end up experiencing the same fate. Just imagine what the asking price would be for Anthony considering how much the Knicks surrendered to bring him in.
Anthony will become a free agent at the end of this season, so the Bulls should just wait it out until the off season where there is a chance to sign him as a free agent. Right now, Chicago is the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race despite trading away Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum. Bynum was released almost immediately, as it appeared the Bulls would be entering full-fledged tank mode, but that hasn't been the case.
Chicago is proving to be very competitive this season with how their roster is currently comprised, and there is no need to make any drastic changes to the team just yet. Especially, by making a deal to acquire a superstar, while destroying the rest of the roster.
#5 Carmelo Anthony Will Be Too Pricey
The Knicks were forced to surrender a kings ransom to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, so you can imagine that Chicago would have to give up a lot of players from an already depleted roster. If the Bulls were to make a trade for Anthony, the team left in Chicago would not be very good, and Anthony would be stuck in the same situation that he finds himself in now with New York.
#4 Coach Thibodeau and Carmelo Anthony Might Clash
It's no secret that Tom Thibodeau is a defensive specialist, and Carmelo Anthony has a reputation for not always giving maximum effort on that end of the court. Anthony would be a much needed offensive player to add to the Bulls' roster, but make no mistake, Chicago is primarily a defensive team. With that being said, Anthony and Thibodeau might not be able to coexist in Chicago and the trade could potentially set the franchise back 10 years.
#3 The Bulls Are Still Fighting For A Playoff Spot
If the Chicago Bulls decide to give in to the New York Knicks' presumably high demands for acquiring Carmelo Anthony, you can rest assured that the Bulls will end up missing the playoffs. Anthony would find himself in the same situation he was in with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks. The prospects of having Derrick Rose and Anthony on the same team sounds enticing, but trading for Anthony makes no sense right now.
#2 Carmelo Anthony Lacks Playoff Success
Aside from one trip to the Western Conference Finals as a member of the Denver nuggets, and winning one playoff series against the Boston Celtics last postseason, Carmelo Anthony has been bounced in the first round of the playoffs every other year that his teams have made the postseason. Now, why would a team trade for a star player mid-season, given his lack of playoff success? The believe that Anthony is not the type of player that can be the centerpiece of a championship team is gaining some serious momentum, and any trade that the Bulls make would put Anthony in a position to fail again.
#1 Carmelo Anthony Is On The Last Year Of His Contract
Ultimately, Carmelo Anthony has to decide what he wants to do after this season, and the New York Knicks aren't making a very compelling argument for retaining him. Anthony leads the Knicks in points and rebounds, while also ranking among the league leaders in minutes played. The Knicks are currently nine games under .500, which is a direct result of a history of terrible personnel decisions throughout the years. In this late stage of Anthony's career, it would make sense for him to take less money to play for a contender, because the chances of the Knicks building a contender around Anthony is slim to none.