There is a rumor posted on ESPN that the Chicago Bulls could be in the mix for Carmelo Anthony. That would be bad for the Bucks. Among the likely players to be sent to Denver would be Luol Deng.
UPDATE: Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald has the same idea as Blog-A-Bull (see below).
McGraw writes: “They could start by offering Luol Deng, who plays the same position, along with maybe Taj Gibson and a first-round draft pick or two. As long as the Bulls are willing to offer a maximum deal next summer, they would have a good chance of keeping Anthony long-term. On paper, they should have a better chance of competing in the East than the Knicks.”
Now that there’s chatter about Denver perhaps trading Carmelo Anthony, a few trade proposals are being tossed around.
One that could have some legs?
Melo to the Bulls.
In Deng, there is some injury risk, and his contract — four years and $51 million remain — is sometimes viewed as a burden.
If Denver is looking for some financial flexibility going forward, Deng might not be someone they want to bring on board.
But if the Nuggets are looking for a talented player who can play defense and replace a fair amount of what Melo does out of the small forward position, this is a reasonable deal.
Further, Gibson could give them some help in the froutcourt. With veterans Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersencoming off injuries heading into next season, they’ve been seeking more help in the frountcourt, some of which they’ve shored up with the addition of Al Harrington this summer via free agency.
Remember: Gibson was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection this past season, and started a fair amount as well.
At this juncture, the above is all speculative, and there’s no word quite yet if the Bulls will get in the game.
After a solid free-agency period this summer, they may decide to stand pat, and the Nuggets could be after Joakim Noah, too, who has been reported as untouchable.
But Deng’s contract has been dangled by the Bulls previously, so don’t rule this one out quite yet.
Carmelo Bad For Bucks
We can argue as to what level of superstar Carmelo Anthony is, but he falls somewhere in the top ten of NBA players. With the addition of a legit post player in Carlos Boozer to go with a great young point guard in Derrick Rose, the addition of Carmelo would force me to agree with the Bulls getting a great off-season grade.
I really like Deng, always have, he has always played well against the Bucks, mostly because the Bucks have lacked a rugged power forward to keep him off the glass. But with the addition of Boozer you have to wonder how well Deng will fit in since he is not a great perimeter small forward. Carmelo Anthony is.
Anthony is a pure scorer, not only one of the best in the league, but one of the best pure scorers in some time. He is not a, “drive to the basket, hope for a bailout foul call” scorer like Lebron and Wade. Anthony has a rich arsenal of shots at his disposal. With his scoring ability from inside and outside added to Rose’s penetration, Korver’s shooting, and Boozer’s inside game, I think the Bulls could present the biggest challenge to the Miami Heat in the East.
The addition of Anthony would make it extremely difficult for the Bucks to win the division, which would make it tougher to advance into the second round and possibly beyond in the playoffs.
As Bucks fans we WANT Carmelo to become a Knick or stay a Nugget.