One of the biggest stars on the NBA free agent market this offseason, Carmelo Anthony has apparently narrowed his list of possible destinations down to three teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls. Of those teams, Chicago is far and away the best situation for Anthony, and it would be best for his career if Anthony signed a deal with the Bulls.
Although he’s coming off a pair of injury-plagued seasons, the Bulls have an elite point guard in Derrick Rose and several supporting player who give the team a great core. Guys like Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah and 2014 draft choice Doug McDermott all are players who can fill a complementary role alongside Rose and Anthony, and that would be a huge boost to the team.
The biggest problem in convincing Anthony to sign with the Bulls is the contract. The Knicks and Lakers can each offer Anthony max contracts, while the Bulls can only give him a maximum of $75 million over four years — leaving a sign-and-trade with the Knicks as the next best option. In this hypothetical sign-and-trade scenario, the Bulls would likely have to give up a few young assets, but it’ll be worth it if they can get Anthony in return.
Overall, the best move for Anthony’s career is to do whatever it takes to become a member of the Bulls in 2014. The Bulls want Anthony, and Anthony needs Chicago if he truly wants to win a championship. It’s a perfect match for both sides.