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5 Reasons Why Chicago Bulls Should Not Trade For Kevin Love

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5 Reasons Why Chicago Bulls Shouldn't Trade for Kevin Love

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There has been much consternation over the Chicago Bulls' inability to find a second superstar to pair with Derrick Rose. Similar to 2010, several players of that ilk are becoming available who many feel could turn the Bulls into a top contender. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love have both expressed interest in playing in Chicago, but the Bulls should be pursuing only one of them -- and it isn't Love.

5. Kevin Love Can't Play Defense

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5. Kevin Love Can't Play Defense

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Love is a weak defender, often exposed due to limited athleticism. He is slow on his feet and would look out of place from day one in Tom Thibodeau's system, not unlike the soon-to-be-departed Carlos Boozer. The Bulls are better off letting Taj Gibson start, who is cheaper, excellent defensively and still improving on the other end as well.

4. Acquiring Love Would Likely Require Trading Jimmy Butler

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4. Acquiring Love Would Likely Require Trading Jimmy Butler

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The Minnesota Timberwolves rightly want a king's ransom if they do trade Love, and Jimmy Butler would almost surely be a part of any eventual package from the Bulls. Butler is Chicago's best perimeter defender by a mile, and he has serious potential despite an up-and-down sophomore season in the NBA. Look across the league and you'll see that nearly every genuine contender has an elite perimeter defender. The Bulls should hang onto theirs.

3. Love Isn't the Correct Fit

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3. Love Isn't the Correct Fit

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As small ball continues to take over the NBA, the importance of high quality offensive swingmen only increases. This is undoubtedly where the Bulls are weakest. It makes much more sense to pursue, say, Carmelo Anthony, than it does to go after Love; Chicago has Nikola Mirotic on the way to go with Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah, but the team has very little after Jimmy Butler on the wing. Love isn't the best way to address the team's scoring issues.

2. Acquiring Love Would Likely Require Trading Taj Gibson

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2. Acquiring Love Would Likely Require Trading Taj Gibson

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The combination of Gibson and Noah in the frontcourt is a scary defensive duo for opposing teams, and Thibodeau will be using them together even more now with Carlos Boozer gone. Gibson blossomed in 2013-14, significantly developing offensively despite the Bulls not having Derrick Rose. He is too valuable on defense. With all the other pieces Chicago would have to give up on top of Gibson, a trade for Love would be a lateral move at best.

1. Bulls Need to Focus On Carmelo Anthony

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1. Bulls Need to Focus On Carmelo Anthony

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In a similar vein to what was discussed in reason No. 3, Anthony is the ideal choice for the Bulls. He is the elite scoring wing player Chicago hasn't had since Michael Jordan. He also wouldn't cost Chicago any assets other than pure dollars, since he is a free agent unlike Love. The Bulls must set their sights on Anthony; he doesn't just address the scoring need, but a positional weakness as well.