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Report: Knicks not interested in Bulls’ Carlos Boozer in potential sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony

Jun 22, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Carmelo Anthony will in all likelihood be opting out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks on Monday to pursue his options in free agency, and the Bulls will be the team firmly planted at the top of his list.

With players like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson already in place, adding Anthony to the mix would make Chicago an immediate threat to win the Eastern Conference and make a run at a title as early as next season.

Before all that can happen, however, the Bulls must figure out exactly how they’d add Anthony to the roster.

Chicago would need to clear some salaries in order to create the cap space necessary to sign Anthony to a max deal, or the team could orchestrate a sign-and-trade with the Knicks should New York be informed that Anthony has decided to play somewhere else.

The sign-and-trade option would almost certainly need to include Carlos Boozer, but the Knicks don’t appear to be interested in acquiring his services.

From the Chicago Tribune:

However, league sources continue to indicate that despite Boozer’s expiring $16.8 million deal dovetailing with the Knicks’ plan for massive salary-cap space in 2015, the Knicks have no interest in acquiring Boozer as of now.

Thus, the Bulls might have to sign Anthony, whom everyone from coach Tom Thibodeau to Rose is on board with adding, via outright salary-cap space. Using the amnesty provision on Boozer only nets them roughly $11 million of space, depending on where the cap is set July 1. The Bulls would have to sell off other pieces for nothing in return to create more cap space and would prefer obviously to keep Taj Gibson. So would Anthony should he land with the Bulls.

Boozer has his flaws, but he’s a serviceable big man who averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game for the Bulls last season. His contract is outrageous, but the Knicks are doomed next year from a cap standpoint anyway, and Boozer’s deal would clear in time for New York to pursue free agents in 2015.

But the Knicks plan to try to convince Anthony to stay, and with Phil Jackson now in place and the team having the advantage of being able to offer an extra year and around $30 million to entice him, it’s still very possible that Anthony re-ups in New York.

  1. montrealknowledge - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Everyone knew that Boozer contract was ridiculous… Now it’s handcuffing the Bulls and they don’t even play Boozer in the 4th.

    • masher1965 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      The Boozer contract is a killer but so is Rose’s . Let’s face it, Rose being out 2 straight seasons after they made him the “man” has destroyed any chance they have had for them to succeed . I don’t think Anthony will help al that much, while he does score better, he defense is worse than Boozer’s and his salary cap hit will be larger. Add to that Rose is not going to be the MVP Rose , but a lesser version of himself . He has missed 2 straight years, missed significant portions of the year before , nobody can rely on him staying healthy and nobody can expect him to be what he was. If you think the Boozer contract handcuffed the Bulls, an Anthony contract will make them the New York Knicks west

      • ringjames - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

        Did you really just say the Bulls obtaining Anthony would make them “the NYK west” ?? Last time I checked Chicago was on the Eastern Conference.

  2. loubearkane - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Come on NY take the bum

  3. SBoy - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Ah no thanks. Include a number 1 pick or move along…

    • sumkat - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Common sense would say there is something besides Boozer in the trade, he’s just something to make the salaries match. If I’ve the Knicks, one of the Bulls first round picks would be a starting point. Nobody is going to eat Boozer’s contract without them giving up one of those picks anyway, so that’s not much of a haul for melo.

      My guess is, starting that conversation would be Boozer, the #19 and Gibson (unless the Bulls are really high on Gibson, and have another young guy the Knicks like)

      • mcjon22 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        There’s absolutely no way Chicago would do a sign and trade involving Taj. The trade would be Boozer, the non-guaranteed contracts of Brewer, Amundson, And James. Chicago can throw in it’s 1st round pick next year, or one of the future picks it has from Sacramento.

        The Knicks would immediately cut the guys with the non-guaranteed contracts and go into 15′ with Stoudimire, Boozer, and Chandler coming off the books. The main get would be the draft picks from Chicago.

        So why would the Knicks let Melo’ go for nothing rather than get some 1st round picks back? Publicly you say you have no interest in Boozer, but realistically it’s folkish for a GM NOT to get something for a player that’s leaving anyway.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Mcjon22 those first round picks would prob. be around 25-30th pick so not very valuable at all even in this draft.

  4. money2long - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Please tell me the Knicks laughed and hung the phone.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Everyone wants the Knicks to take on trash like this, but in the same ridiculous breath think it’s out of the equation that Melo stays, and Chandler, Felton and Bargnani are all moved between now and February.

    That’s rich. And retardation at its finest.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Boozer is way better than any of the Knicks expirings. You’re seriously deluded about the quality of the Knicks’ roster.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        It ain’t about whether he is or isn’t. There is no incentive for the Knicks to make THIS deal. They can move the players I mentioned without taking back Boozer and having to extend him.

  6. loubearkane - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    As a Bulls fan I wish Isiah was still running the show , he would take on Boozer no questions asked.

  7. emaney477 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    After getting suckered by Denver a few years ago and giving up the franchise to get Melo, the Knicks kinda have to do the same to whomever wants to trade for him. The Knicks always get the short end in every trade, because they always cone from a point of desperation. This time they are the sellers, and they should stick it to who ever they trade with. If Chicago wants him bad enough, and they feel he is tgd missing piece to a championship, then they need to pay up. If I’m the Knicks, I don’t even pick up the phone unless someone us willing to give up at least one 1st rd pick, take back Felton, and give up a young talent. And that’s just for starters. The Knicks should only start the bargaining with that. The Knicks gave up a lit of picks, and young talent to acquire Melo, we should only get the same in return.

    • mcjon22 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      lThey are NOT sellers! Melo is opting out and most likely leaving. The Knicks options are take back some bad contracts that come off the books next season like Boozer, Asik, Jeremy Lin BUT get future 1st round picks that can help build the depleted roster in the future. OR they can take no contracts back, still be in luxury tax hell, still be in salary cap hell in 14′ and have no resources to bring in players, and get no future 1st round picks. You let Melo go for absolutely nothing.

      Why would you do that? You wouldn’t.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Except he’s not leaving.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      emaney477,just what did the knicks give up for a top 10 player in the league? Umm, let’s see. Felton was traded to Portland for miller and felton is back with the knicks and Andre Miller is in Washington. Galinari was the big piece and he was hurt all the time in NY and was out all of last year and hurt most of the time in Denver.Wilson chandler, who i like went to china then came back and has been hurt on and off for Denver and is on the trade block now. Mozgof hasn’t gotten off the bench till this year only because they traded their starting center and their other centers were hurt. And the first round pick this year is unknown. So tell me what did they really get in Denver?smh

  8. cantonbound13 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Unless Gibson & the 2 first round picks are involved, I’m not interested.

  9. mungman69 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    If the Bulls really want Melo BOTH of their first round picks will be delt with several expiring contracts. They may have to give up Gibson to make this all work.

    • sumkat - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      They will not have to give up both plus Gibson. That would be the kind of haul they could expect in a straight up trade. You aren’t getting that in a sign and trade. The Bulls could easily get someone to eat Boozer’s contract for a 1st, then only need to make a minor move or two to be able to sign him outright. Why would they give up an extra 1st plus Gibson?

      I’m sure that’s the kind of deal the Knicks want. It’s never going to happen

  10. grantgoodman93 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Can’t blame them for attempting to test the Knicks’ stupidity

  11. eshine76 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Melo will be a Knick. If he cared about winning, he wouldn’t have forced the Knicks to gut their winning team rather than wait a few more months to sign. He cares about getting the most money and the Knicks can offer him that.

    • sumkat - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      when did the knicks have a “winning team” that they were forced to gut?

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM


    • mcjon22 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Yup, that’s why he’s opting out and leaving a guaranteed year on the table SMH

  12. campcouch - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    At some point,Carlos Boozer decided NOT to play with LeBron James and left Cleveland. Weird how the world works. Now he’s a few months away from being amnestied.

    • mcjon22 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      You do realize he still gets every penny of that salary right? It’s like getting fired from your job but then they tell you that you’ll still get that check in the bank every Friday.

      That’s a bad thing how??

      • campcouch - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Yes,I am very much aware of the amnesty rules. I’m looking at what could’ve been and how it’s turned out for him. I didn’t say it was bad or good.

  13. flickflint - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Amnesty boozer

  14. Nadeem - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    If the Bulls use the amnesty provision on Boozer, the spurs should pick him up Boozer as a serviceable big man behind duncan and splitter and is a great value playing at or near the veteran’s minimum. Boozer still has a nice outside jumper and can help the spacing in limited minutes allowing Duncan to rest during the regular season.

  15. rajbais - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Why would anyone?

    He makes people even concerned with the $1 million minimum.

    He makes Michael Beasley and his attitude issues worthy of the mid-level exception.

  16. sonyguts - Jun 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Bulls fans are delusional. You can only get Melo in a sign and trade and they’re trying to lowball the Knicks? He’s not signing for $11M get real. I can’t wait until he becomes a Bull and Thibs explains that he expects everyone to play defense. That honeymoon will end pretty quickly.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      The bulls had a top defense with guys like boozer,Nate Robinson,donleavy,kyle korver,cj watson etc. And melo has shown he can play defense and rebound. The knicks had a terrible defensive scheme and chandler at one block per game is so overrated i can’t describe it and i’m a knicks fan. Just watch chandler and statt away from the ball on defense for a while and you will see what i mean. Also melo had to expend so much energy on offense and rebounding and getting pounded by guys much bigger than him inside all game. Like a lot of guys in the league playing in a good system along side a couple of good defender will help them.

  17. malek773 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    It ceases to amaze me how people on this site can still be so dumb. People here talking about getting 2 number ones and gibson etc..have no idea how the NBA and contracts work. The bulls don’t have to give the knicks anything. Literally nothing. Melo can just come over as a free agent and the knicks will just be sitting there with a terrible roster and nothing to show for there star player leaving. To help ease the pain of losing melo the Knicks can agree to a sign and trade, if Melo requests it, and take Boozer and a first round pick this year or next with some other contracts they can just cut. So basically Melo could force the knicks to make a trade and get a draft pick and maybe a player like snell or lose him for nothing.

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