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“There has been a good deal of discussion in Chicago regarding acquisition of the talented forward. ESPN has reported that the possible options to get Carmelo Anthony are rumored to be Joakim Noah or a package consisting of Luol Deng, James Johnson and Taj Gibson. We discussed last month the possible trade scenarios and destinations for Carmelo Anthony, and we believe Chicago is a great fit, only behind Orlando.
If you are Chicago, you do everything in your power to bring in Carmelo, even if that means you part with Noah. They would have a ‘Big 3’ of Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, and Carmelo Anthony. Noah stirs the pot, potentially putting them over the top in the East, and he becomes that team’s X-factor if they can make a deal that can keep him with the team. Without him, they are a notch below Wade, Bosh and James in Miami. The Bulls were 41-41 last season, and with Boozer and Anthony, this is easily a 55 win team, maybe more if they have Noah energizing the paint.
If the Bulls are going to make a play for Carmelo, its going to happen by training camp at months end. The ‘Big 3’ combination seems to be the winning recipe for the NBA lately, and the Bulls have a shot to assemble their own, potentially even a ‘Big 4’ with Noah. Given the choice for Noah or the Luol Deng package, they lose a potential all-star caliber center or 3 solid players with decent upside. Either way you spin it, they get better with Anthony. The Bulls have emerged as the front runner, and it will be interesting to see if they can pull the trigger on a deal to bring him to Chicago in the coming weeks.” -Bjorn Zetterberg