Chicago Bulls Have A Ton Of Competition For Carmelo Anthony

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As each day gets closer to the NBA‘s free agency period, the more teams are lining up to get into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes this summer.

First, it appeared that the Chicago Bulls were the clear locks to land Anthony after the relentless recruiting by Bulls center Joakim Noah all season. However, things have changed in recent days. The Dallas Mavericks have joined the Bulls and the Houston Rockets as the three teams that Anthony would consider. Not to mention that the New York Knicks, Anthony’s current team, can offer him more money than any team in the league.

If Anthony opts out of his Knicks deal and re-signs with the team, he can sign a contract worth up to $129 million over five years. Any other team can only offer Anthony a contract worth up to four years and around $96 million. Basically, Anthony has 33 million reasons why he should be a Knick over a Bull, or any other NBA team in general.

Also, it’s been reported by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that the Miami Heat could try to make a run at Anthony as well. LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt-in with the Heat and take significantly less money in order to sign Anthony next summer. If Anthony was to opt-in to the Knicks for one more season in order to become a free agent next year, such a scenario would be possible. However, the Heat’s big three would have to start their multi-year deal around $14 million, and it’s unclear if James, Wade and Bosh would all be willing to do so.

Nevertheless, this would be a nightmare scenario for the Bulls, who are in desperate need of another star this summer. To lose out on James, Bosh and Wade during the summer of 2010, and to possibly lose out on Anthony, would be a crushing blow to Chicago, especially if all four players were to go to Miami. The Bulls need to do whatever it takes in order to get Anthony to Chicago.

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

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  • Jimbo

    To be completely honest i would actually like to see the bulls bring back deng and bring over mirotic and bolster our bench and not copy the Miami Heat with thier “big 3″ nonsense. The spurs clearly show that the way you stay at a championship level is by having a complete team that buys into your system and play together as an entire team. Depth is much more valuable than putting all your money into 3 “stars” and filling out the roster with cheap players. The bulls have built up an identity of being “anti-miami” in the way the approach basketball and I would hate to see them sort of sell out and take the same path as the so called “big 3″ did. We should have won it all in 2012 when rose went down with the acl and I would love to see that squad get the run they deserve at full strength. Reguardless of what the bulls do this off season I just hope they see San Antonio and how they stay competitive and use that as the modle to base our franchise on and don’t blow up our whole team to get one star free agent.

    • Farva55

      Deng? Ugh. Come on. He’s not a difference maker.

      • Jimbo

        That’s cuz people only look at the offense because they want another scorer so badly to pair with rose. But lu was definitely a difference maker on the defensive end and he was actually the highest scorer on this team before he got traded this yr.

        • Farva55

          How many rings did they win? 0.

          • Jimbo

            ?? Rose was clearly injured both years.

          • Farva55

            EXACTLY. Deng couldn’t carry the team. They need a guy that can carry the offense if someone goes down. Carmelo is VERY NEEDED.

  • bulls1fan

    If I were the bulls I would trade jimmy butler with the 16 & 19 draft picks to acquire a top ten draft pick to draft Marcus smart with the free agency coming up the could go after a Gordon Hayward or chandler parson and still have a lot of money to bolster the whole team not to mention bring in over the European star and keep DJ starting line up would be – rose -smart – Hayward /parsons-gibson-Noah with DJ and the European with whatever else the bulls choose to bring to Chicago to compete for a championship

    • Farva55

      That team will not win.