Feeling Melo?


What other superstar is available?

Friedell By Nick Friedell

The main thing the Chicago Bulls have been missing since Tom Thibodeau arrived in Chicago was a superstar scorer to play next to Derrick Rose. The kind of player who can get 25-30 points a night and take over a game if needed.

That's why the Bulls should do whatever they can to land Carmelo Anthony this summer.

Anthony's detractors would say that he has too many faults to thrive in Thibodeau's system. He doesn't play consistent defense, he wants the ball too much, he isn't a team player, isn't a winner. The list goes on, but I've always felt it was misguided.

Anthony was the centerpiece of a Syracuse team that won a national championship in 2003. He's never played for a coach like Thibodeau, a guy who has a track record of getting the most out of everyone on his roster.

Anthony has the type of game-changing offensive ability that the Bulls have been missing most. His presence would also take pressure off Rose to come back and instantly be the player he was before all the knee problems started.

Thibodeau would find a way for both All-Stars to share the ball and work together.

Most importantly, Anthony is the only star on the market who seems even remotely attainable to the Bulls. Who else is coming to Chicago? The odds remain high that LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade stay in Miami.

To those who don't want Anthony, what's the better solution? Anthony's presence may not get the Bulls where they want to go, but it does get them closer to it than they are right now.

Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.

Age, price tag too big of a gamble

Padilla By Doug Padilla

Tempting as it might seem for the Chicago Bulls to add a scoring machine like Carmelo Anthony into the fold, finding the perfect championship-caliber roster addition won't be as easy as starting at the top of the scoring list and working your way down.

There is no doubt that Anthony is an elite NBA player. His 27.2 points per game is evidence of that. So is his $21.4 million salary this season, which is $2.3 million more than LeBron James will make from the Miami Heat.

At 30 years old, though, which is what Antony will be at the start of next season, if he came to the Bulls for five seasons (assuming a sign-and-trade deal) he would close out the final season of his contract at 35.

For some perspective, Dwyane Wade just turned 32 this month, and the Heat have been cautious with his minutes to make sure a balky knee will hold up for what the team hopes is a long playoff run.

Sure everybody is different and Wade, a guard, doesn't exactly play in the same style that Antony, a small forward, does. But Father Time tends to catch up to everybody and do the Bulls want to be holding the bag on a deal, worth potentially $25 million a season, if Anthony starts to break down?

The goal, then, would be to win one or, ideally, two titles quickly before age really starts to catch up with Anthony. That plan would require Derrick Rose to be on top of his game next season after missing nearly all of the past two campaigns with a season-ending injury to each knee.

Lost in the age debate is whether or not Anthony's offense will adequately overcome his deficiencies on defense for the team to have realistic championship aspirations.

It all makes Anthony sound less like the slam-dunk acquisition to help win a title and more like your ambitious uncle financing his latest get-rich-quick scheme on the back of a whole lot of credit-card debt. It could work, but oh boy, what if it doesn't?

Doug Padilla writes for ESPNChicago.com.


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