Financial obstacles could make move impossible though…
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would ‘love’ to acquire New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, according to Chicago Tribute writer K.C. Johnson.
The season came to an end for the Knicks earlier this week as they missed out on making the playoffs, and inevitably the focus is beginning to switch back to Anthony’s free agency decision this summer.
While he has maintained at various stages through the process that his priority is to remain in New York and discuss the plans for the future with the organisation, speculation has not stopped regarding a move to Chicago.
It was reported on Monday that he had enquired about what it was like to play under Thibodeau whilst praising the Bulls for how their players are able to adapt to the system and remain successful despite facing adversity.
However, the free agency rumours surrounding his future will not go away until he puts pen to paper on a new deal with the Knicks, although it is understood that Thibodeau will likely sign off on a move to acquire him, if the Bulls can make the deal happen.
While it is impossible for the Bulls to match what the Knicks will offer Anthony in a max deal, they will likely have to make various moves in order to create sufficient cap space.
The Bulls have structured late-season signings with non-guaranteed options to build room for a possible larger salary, adding fuel to the fire that they could exhaust the Anthony sign-and-trade possibilities.
However, it is likely that they will have to sacrifice some of their depth in order to add the 29-year-old to their team, and although his arrival would immediately ensure that they become championship contenders, it remains to be seen whether or not they can offer him an appealing enough deal as well as trying not to sacrifice too much of their roster.