There's been a lot of discussion about whether the Bulls should get Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love, what if they could get both?
First note, this plan requires that Minnesota is willing to trade Love at all [they may not be] and that New York is willing to S&T Anthony to Chicago [they may not be]. On top of that, since both players are moving in trades the amount of assets left to divvy up between them is less.
However, depending on what each team will accept, it isn't completely out of the realm of possibility...
99% out of that realm sure, but not completely.
The Trades to make it happen
Trade #1 Kevin Love to the Bulls for Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy, Tony Snell
Trade #2 Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls for Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, Mike James
Both of these trades match under the 125% +100k rule (just barely). Snell has to be included over Amundson in order to get the salary high enough. The trick is now figuring out what sweetners need to be included with each team to make it work.
For the Wolves, if they're considering the #8 pick in the draft for Love, then Taj Gibson + Snell + Dunleavy + Nikola Mirotic becomes a reasonable offer. Gibson and Dunleavy are both veterans they could use right now to improve while Nikola Mirotic is the big value.
How high they are on the Mirotic is up for debate, but given that he's got to be viewed more highly than Saric that means the overall value of this trade should trump an offer of the #8 pick from Sacramento fairly easily unless they simply hate Mirotic or feel that they won't be able to get him to come over and play for them.
For the Knicks, the Bulls would then send as many first rounders as it takes to get the deal done. Probably #16 and #19 in this draft and perhaps pick from the Kings or our own pick in 2015 or 2016. The trade could be agreed to on draft day but take place after the draft in order to get around the consecutive first trade rules.
What are the Bulls left with?
PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Jimmy Butler
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Kevin Love
C: Joakim Noah
Bench: Greg Smith
Bench: Mini-MLE guy [say we can get D.J. Augustin back at that]
Six Bench slots at the vet min
This is a team awfully similar to the Miami Heat when they came together in terms of front line talent but no depth. Miami managed to find ways to attract other players with the mini mid level and had some additional cap room to work with because their star player were under the cap.
The Bulls will be in a stranglehold immediately because this team will already have a total salary around 82 million and be deep into the luxury tax.
Chicago will need to count on Carmelo accepting less than a max extension to have any flexibility while ponying up a max extension for Kevin Love who'd need to agree to an extension for Chicago to take the risk.
The Bulls would have possibly the best starting five in the league after this trade and would likely be able to find at least one or two guys at the veteran minimum who'd chase rings with large roles assigned to them that could be productive.
They wouldn't need versatile players anymore, but could fill out the roster purely with specialists. Guys who can just shoot or just defend or just rebound etc would still make good additions because of the versatility of your starting five. With three legit superstar scorers, you basically need floor spacers and role players.
Does this have any chance of happening? No, probably not. However, it's not entirely inconceivable. The trade offers noted above are both reasonable to the other teams and represent value similar to (or greater than) they'd get back in deals from other teams under the circumstances their players would have input in the trade destination.
There are three big hang ups to the plan, so the odds of all three working themselves out are slim.
1: Is NY would be willing to do a S&T and take on Boozer's salary [and luxury tax payments] for mid round 1sts which don't help them that much?
2: Is Minnesota willing to trade Love at all?
3: Is Nikola Mirotic willing to go to Minnesota?
If those three things unfold, this plan could become very real.
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