It is widely believed Denver has insisted center Joakim Noah be included
in any Anthony deal, which the Bulls are reluctant to do. It would be
more difficult to trade Noah now that he's signed a long-term extension.
But the Bulls have gone 12-6 with Noah on the sideline with a thumb
The Bulls are discussing whether Anthony would give them a
better chance to win an NBA title, according to a league source. They
might also wait to see if Denver's price drops closer to the Feb. 24
trade deadline and the Nuggets will accept a package of Luol Deng, Taj
Gibson and first-round picks.
The implication is that the Bulls are considering putting Noah in the Carmelo deal. I'm not certain if that's what McGraw is saying, but It should be obvious that they'd have already considered whether Carmelo would help the Bulls win a title.
Really, what is there to consider about that? Carmelo has his warts, but he's a top 10 player in the NBA, of course he helps you win a title if you can get him at the right price.
The trick in having him actually help the team is the "right price" part of this. You give up Deng and Noah, and I doubt the team is really advanced anywhere. It adds scoring, which it does need, but it loses a ton of defense.
If the price is Taj + Deng + picks, the Bulls should pull the trigger and run. This package isn't quite so absurd as it seemed in the summer as Deng looks far more valuable now than he did then. He's played well up to this point this season and doesn't appear to have any injury problems as he's logging near league high minutes.
As the issues with Deng's health become less of a factor and teams can just focus on his contract, it's not so bad. The deferred money in the deal makes him cheaper for teams that are cash poor, in terms of real up front money, Deng's only making 10 million in the final year of his deal. Obviously the deferred part comes due eventually, but with inflation and spreading it out, it doesn't sting nearly so much.
The Bobcats pick still looks pretty good to me. The Bobcats as a team are falling apart and looking to dump their best, older players. They aren't going to get an elite pick in the draft this season unless they buck serious odds in the lottery which puts them in good position to get far worse again before getting better.
Do the Bulls have enough to swing a deal without Noah? I really doubt it, but around February 23rd, the Nuggets might get a whole heck of a lot more desperate.