Its a Bulls Market if Melo opts out of New York
NBA News: Melo Could be on the Move!
Its official! Carmelo Anthony is on the clock! Melo only has a few hours left to inform the Knicks if he is opting in or out of his final year of his contract. The final year of his contract would pay Melo over $23 million dollars. If he opts out, Melo would likely land with either the Bulls, Rockets, or Mavericks.
While each of these three teams could become title contenders with the addition of Melo, there is one team that would become the instant favorite to win the 2015 NBA Championshipthe Chicago Bulls.
If you add Melo to a team that already features the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year in Joakim Noah, and former league MVP Derrick Rose, Chicago would easily be the odds on favorite in 2015. Chicago has proven they can win without Rose the past two seasons, but have really just lacked a strong shooting presence to get them to the top of the Eastern Conference.
While Chicago cannot pay Melo as much as the Knicks, they can certainly offer him a max contract if they amnesty Carlos Boozer, and trade Mike Dunleavy along with some of their other expiring contracts. In New York, Melo can re-sign with the Knick for $129 million over five years, while every other team can only offer four year deals worth $96 million. This may seem like a significant amount of money to just walk away from, but Melo will be able to cash in big time on endorsement deals if he wins a title or two in Chicago.
If Melo does choose the Bulls and heads to the Windy City their lineup could look like this:
Point Guard: Derrick Rose
Shooting Guard: Jimmy Butler
Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony
Power Forward: Taj Gibson
Center: Joakim Noah
With a lineup of three NBA All-Stars, as well as a former 6th man of the Year runner-up in Gibson, the Bulls would be the team to beat next season. Now, its just a matter of waiting to see if Melo values winning a title over making more money playing for New York.