Former Nugget Carmelo Anthony is slated to be the biggest free agent this year (depending on what Lebron James does), and there are a multitude of teams vying for his services, but only one team makes the most sense. No, not the Heat. The Chicago Bulls.
Carmelo Anthony was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks three years ago in a hope to counter the Miami Heat’s “Big Three.” Teaming up Anthony with Tyson Chandler and Amare Stoudemire, the Knicks were supposed to threaten the Heat and challenge for the title. That didn’t go well. Melo is at his peak and he has no intentions of ending up as just another good player to not win a ring, and he knows that New York is not the place that is going to contend for the title any time soon, but there is a place that could win him a title right now: The Bulls.
Derrick Rose is hoping for a bit of a redemption season after the Bulls were touted as the team able to finally dethrone Miami’s death grip on the East, but yet another knee injury to Rose later and the Bulls found themselves scrambling for answers. They have that answer in Carmelo. Rose isn’t going to be the player he once was, flying around and jumping out of the gym. We should see a more team oriented Rose, a D-Rose that is going to rack up 9+ assists per game. And there’s no better way to get assists than to give it to one of the best scorers in the league in Melo. It all makes sense. In today’s NBA you need at the very least two legit stars to succeed, and the Bulls will have three top 15 players in the league in Melo, Rose, and Joakim Noah. The Bulls will also be looking to unload cap to be able to pay Melo and Chicago is a great market for him.
Should Melo sign with the Bulls, they would instantly become title contenders. With Miami’s dynasty coming to an end, the East for the first time in a while is truly up for grabs. Indiana, Chicago, Miami, and Brooklyn all are immediate contenders for the East, but Chicago seems to be the most ready to win now, depending on if Indiana self-destructs again like they did this year. The West is too stacked to try to start anew with another team, and it all makes sense to stay in the weaker conference, and to team up with one of the best players in the league and try to bring Chicago number 7.
So there you have it. Think Carmelo goes to Chicago? Or does Melo sign with another team? Let me know in the comments below!