This report comes on the heels of another Broussard piece, in which Bulls center Joakim Noah allegedly pitched his team to Anthony during the All-Star Game, with Anthony responding that he admires the Bulls' hard-nosed playing style, and that Rose is his son's favorite player.
Any opportunity I have to build that up in New York, I'd do it. I told people all the time, if it takes me taking a paycut, I'll be the first one on [Knicks owner] Mr. [James] Dolan's steps saying: 'Take my money and let's build something strong over here.'
But the Knicks have lost eight of 10 games since then, and their playoff hopes have dwindled to virtually nothing. Furthermore, the franchise's bloated salary structure and lack of assets (they traded their 2014 first-rounder to the Denver Nuggets for Anthony himself) all but rule out any possibility of contention in the near future.
Chicago does not have the cap space to sign Anthony at the moment, but they can still get creative by using the amnesty provision and making a few trades. Broussard believes that they can offer $18 million per year if they amnesty Carlos Boozer and trade Mike Dunleavy. That's well below the $22.4 million annual salary New York can offer (the Knicks can also give Anthony an extra year), but it might be enough to entice the disgruntled star away from the Big Apple:
Besides the extra $30 million the Knicks can pay him, there's only one reason for Anthony to stay in New York—the awesome profile the city has given him. But while I believe Anthony would love to stay in Gotham, the losing is eating him up. His body language is one of frustration and I'm beginning to think he's leaving the Knicks.
Of course, the Bulls' front office might not share their two best players' desire to sign Anthony. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf has shied away from paying big money in the past, and the Bulls still have the rights to promising European forward Nikola Mirotic. If they sign Anthony, they will not have the money left over to entice Mirotic away from his Spanish club, Real Madrid.
The ultimate question this summer is not whether Carmelo Anthony wants to sign with the Bulls, but whether the Bulls want to sign Anthony. It's only natural that All-Stars like Rose and Noah would want to bring one of their own to Chicago.
But the Bulls have not signed a free agent of Anthony's caliber, despite their contender status over the years, and the stingy ownership has cost them quality players in the past (see: Luol Deng). They may not be ready to change their fiscally cautious strategy any time soon.
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