In case you haven't heard, the blockbuster trade of the year/decade has taken place in the NBA.
The New York Knicks will acquire Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman from Denver and Corey Brewer from Minnesota.
The Denver Nuggets will acquire Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and the Knicks' 2014 1st round pick. There are reports that there may be other picks and cash headed to Denver as well.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will receive Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry.
Got it? OK.
Now how can the Chicago Bulls cash-in on the fallout from this blockbuster deal?
Obviously the Denver Nuggets are now entering a significant rebuilding stage in their franchise's history. With Anthony moving on, the Nuggets are putting their future into the hands of Gallinari, Felton and... yeah, good luck.
By moving the number of bigs in this deal, the Nuggets will be looking at limited depth at power forward and center. After Nene, the Nuggets are looking at washed up role players Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington to be the size with Chris Anderson and Mozgov as tall, skinny center options.
There isn't a legitimate defensive power forward in that group. Martin and Anderson will block shots, but they can't handle a posting forward any more. Harrington is an oversize small forward, and Mozgov is listed at only 250 pounds.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets now have a handful of players at the shooting guard-small forward positions that could be broken up. Gallinari appears to be the centerpiece of the trade from Denver's perspective, and will likely replace Anthony starting at small forward in the Nuggets' lineup. One would have to think that JR Smith will also see an increased role as well.
Here's where the Bulls come into play.
With Joakim Noah coming back, the Bulls actually have too many bigs to continue rotating. In January, Kurt Thomas saw his minutes increase and he responded by averaging 7.7 rebounds per game. His minutes have been cut back in February, but he's still averaging 5.6 rebounds per game this month and is at 6.0 rebounds per game on the season.
Behind Noah and Carlos Boozer, Thomas could be a solid option at power forward.
At center, Omer Asik has steadily increased his production all year and is averaging 5.0 rebounds per game in February as well. He is a sound backup at center.
Left out of the mix is a fifth player averaging five rebounds per game this year, Taj Gibson.
He is probably the best defensive power forward of the group of backups, but is expendable at this point in the season if the Bulls can upgrade somewhere else.
In Denver, the player that could be seen as the odd-man-out is small forward Chandler. His playing time has been up and down all season, but he's continued to produce when given the opportunity. Listed at 6'8 and 225 pounds, Chandler is physically big enough to give the Bulls minutes at power forward if asked but can also back up Luol Deng at small forward.
Chandler is averaging 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this year for the Knicks.
If the Bulls offered the Nuggets Gibson and the always-popular first round draft pick, Denver would probably listen. Because the first round pick from the Knicks isn't until 2014, a pick in 2011 or 2012 might make the deal even more popular with Nuggets management.
The Bulls are looking for added scoring on their bench, and Chandler is certainly an intriguing player with a lot of upside and physical ability. If the Nuggets would bite on Gibson and a pick, the Bulls should do it all day.