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Report: Derrick Rose wants Bulls to sign Carmelo Anthony

Mar 7, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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Let’s connect the dots.

The missing dot: Derrick Rose. What does he think about all this?

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

One source also told me Rose wants to add Anthony.

First of all, this is a little flimsy. When reading about anonymous sources, by rule, multiple sources are better than one. Considered this is buried deep in Broussard’s story, I’d infer this source isn’t completely credible. If Broussard were more confident Rose wants Melo, that should probably lead the story.

But why wouldn’t Rose want Melo?

In the three years Rose led the Bulls in scoring, his No. 2s were Luol Deng (17.6 points per game), Carlos Boozer (17.5) and Deng (15.3). That’s not terrible, but it’s not ideal.

Melo would take a lot of heat off Rose – and vice versa – and they work from enough different areas of the court to complement each other. Although neither is the lights-out 3-point shooter who’d ideally complement the other, this is pretty good as far as high-volume scoring pairings go.

If I were Rose, I’d certainly want a teammate who can both help me win and relieve some of the defensive pressure I face.

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