Chicago Bulls Should Target Kevin Love Before Pursuing Carmelo Anthony

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All of the speculation surrounding what the Chicago Bulls will do this summer has been centered around Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony. With the NBA Draft steadily approaching, the Bulls will have to try to make a big move before the 2014-15 season begins.

But the best way to make an impact would be to try and trade for Love before the free agency period approaches. The Bulls have several assets in order to make a deal happen with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Chicago currently owns two first-round picks in the draft, at Nos. 16 and 19, as well as the expiring contract of power forward Carlos Boozer. On top of that, the Bulls have several serviceable players such as Jimmy Butler or Taj Gibson that the Timberwolves might want.

Love’s ability to score at will makes him a desirable player for any team. The fact that he can rebound at a high rate only adds to his value. So, the Bulls will definitely have competition in the Love sweepstakes this summer. However, with Love putting Chicago as one of his top trade destinations, the Bulls could obtain Minnesota’s center for a hefty price.

If the Bulls fail to obtain Love in a trade, Plan B would be to go after Anthony in July. If Anthony does opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks, the Bulls would be another team high on his list. Still, with the Bulls having no cap space this summer, they don’t have enough leverage to sign any big-name player outright. Basically, the Bulls would have to trade Boozer and possibly Gibson in order to clear enough cap room to sign Anthony.

Since the Bulls will have to move an abundance of players in order to land Love or Anthony, their best option would be to go after the younger Love to play alongside Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. Anthony would be a great addition as well, but he shouldn’t be a bigger priority over Love.

 Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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  • Anthony E Hinton

    In all honesty, I’d avoid both of them and just go after Livingston and bring over Mirotic. Put Livingston in the starting lineup and bring Mirotic off the bench behind Gibson this season to give him enough time to develop his NBA game. Now they have a strong starting five and a very serviceable bench rotation that can give the starters nice long breaks. Starting five = Rose, Livingston, Butler, Gibson, and Noah. Five subs = Augustin, Snell, Dunleavy, Mirotic, and Smith. That second unit could spread the floor so wide because 4 of the 5 are hot from behind the line and when Smith is healthy; he’s a beast on the boards. Plus, the Bulls can keep their draft picks and still sign a few more serviceable players for insurance. With this group, by all-star break, no one would be missing Love or Anthony. Cheap Easy solution; investors happy, front office happy, coach happy, players happy, and fans will be happy too.