Schuster: Carmelo Still Not Likely To Come Here

By David Schuster–

With Wednesday’s news that the New Jersey Nets have (supposedly) pulled out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, some local people think that the Bulls might have a chance to get the all star forward.  However the chances of that happening remain slim and none.

I said all along that the Bulls would remain patient and see if Denver came back to them at some point and now it appears that’s exactly what is happening.  The Nuggets have begun testing the waters with numerous teams around the league but once again they are playing bluff poker. Denver knows that Anthony is dead set on playing for the Knicks so now they will try and scare NY into upping their offer. The Knicks however aren’t stupid and know that they could actually get Anthony as a free agent down the road without giving up anything provided that there isn’t a future league lockout.

Actually Anthony could possibly be cajoled into playing here in Chicago if his agents and Bulls management made a convincing case. They would have to sell him on Chicago being just as cosmopolitan as New York and also a good market for Anthony’s wife (aspiring actress, model and singer) to ply her trade. But New York is also Anthony’s home town and he’s made it pretty clear that he wants to play there.

On top of all that is the fact that the Bulls would be hard pressed to come up with any kind of trade that would satisfy the Nuggets. Joakim Noah is out of any deal and Denver is not interested in Luol Deng. So the slimmest of chances would be to find a 3rd team to take Deng off the Bulls hand while coming up with a player that would interest the Nuggets. The Bulls would also have to greatly sweeten the pot with a 1st round pick or two and more players with likely expiring contracts.

This much is for sure. Though the odds are incredibly slim, the Bulls will listen to Denver and sometimes where there’s a will there is a way…albeit incredibly unlikely.

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  • Jon, Montgomery

    the nets owner is full of BS, they’re still trying to get Carmelo, he’s just throwing the “we’re done trying to get him” lie out there so things will quiet down and they can work on a deal in peace and behind the scenes, he’s a smart man and do people honestly think that the nuggets are done trying to offer Anthony to the nets? the nets have the best possible trade package out there. only problem is, Anthony will not sign an exntension with the nets, he wants to be a knick, so jersey could trade for him right now but melo would only be a rental player, which makes trading favors and all of those picks worthless, but the owner saying “they’re done” is just a smokescreen, he’s still going to try and convince melo to sign the extension.

    as far as the bulls go, they have no shot at all of getting Carmelo. and the report of the nuggets wanting to get the bulls back involved with trades talks is just that… “wanting”. the bulls don’t want to get involved again because they don’t want to give up the price Denver wants them to pay.

    so, at the end of the day, Carmelo will be a knick next season, whether the nuggets trade him before the deadline or Carmelo walks after the season. Carmelo is headed to NYC, not Chicago.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Good analysis Jon.
      Your post was more enlightening than Schuster’s blog.

  • Random Bulls Fan

    hey schuster, he’s not gonna come here if you don’t spell his name right. “carmello”? really??????????

    ur a good reprtr bt u shold proov reed ur stuph befor u post it.

  • random bull fan 1

    random bull fan your a dushbag corrected your own spelling

  • WillKill

    Well I feel why not go for Melo!! What in the hell do we have to lose!! Im so sick and tierd of my Chicago teams settling for what they have!! This kills me…We are a championship city and it take good players to make that happen!! Damnit Rose need help before he ware out before his 4th yr in the league. Deng has improved this year, but you still can not count on him! With Boozer and Noah out, Rose stands along! I love winning and if adding Melo is going to help push me above the Celtics, Heat and even Magic well damnit do it!! Get another team involved, and get Melo in here.. And hell the Bulls should be the one cutting a deal with NY, send us some picks and money and you can have Melo in 3yrs!!!! Lets go Chicago owners figure it out and get the Kid some help in here!!!

    • Jon, Montgomery

      but from what’s been reported, melo wouldn’t sign the extension with the bulls, so why give up all of your talent and draft picks for just a rental? i don’t think the bulls will.

  • lb079

    Melo never said he wouldn’t sign an extension here and I think adding Melo would make us one of those teams that players come to take less money even if we lost Noah which I would prefer we didn’t but any deal where we lose deng and Noah must include some big gfr to back up or start over Omer asik . I also believe if the bulls make a nice playoff run with the current and the knocks get knocked out in the first round Carmelo would be a fool to not consider the bulls

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