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Bulls talk to Carmelo Anthony about $16 million salary

Jul 3, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

The Chicago Bulls will have a hard time offering Carmelo Anthony a max contract. That’s clear.

They can amnesty Carlos Boozer, waive a few no-value players and trade a few role players without returning salary. Doing that, I project they could make Melo an offer that starts at $16,284,762 and is worth $69,535,934 over four years.

They could also do a sign-and-trade involving Carlos Boozer that would get Melo a max deal – $22,458,402 starting and $95,897,375 over four years. But Phil Jackson might not participate in that.

What’s a little more unclear is what the Bulls would actually do.

We don’t know which role players they’re wedded to – Taj Gibson, for example, seems central to Chicago’s pitch – and how they view Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic, a 2011 draft pick still playing overseas, can now negotiate a contract above the rookie scale. To offer him that, the Bulls must use cap room or an exception – and that interferes with money they could pay Melo.

So, how much would Chicago leave for Melo?

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

According to an NBA source, the Bulls, during Tuesday’s meetings, floated the idea of Anthony making about $16 million per year across four seasons.

That might be the Bulls’ offer, but that’s not what Berman’s report says. It only says that salary was floated.

Quite possibly, the Bulls are discussing multiple scenarios with Melo. The more money he sacrifices, the better roster they can assemble around him. A moving target with Melo having say on which deals would cause him to sacrifice money makes sense.

Maybe Melo accepts $95,897,375 over four years, the most he could get by leaving New York. Maybe he’s cool with $69,535,934, the amount I believe the Bulls could generate fairly easily without a sign-and-trade. And maybe he’d even settle for the $64 million the Bulls discussed.

But the further removed we get from the Knicks’ max potential offer – $129,135,810 over five years – the less likely teams are to land Melo.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I just hope Melo come to the Chi🏀

    • laidlowo - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Its funny how the narrative of Melo has changed now that he is a free agent. As a Knick, he is labeled as selfish player, unwilling to play defense and can’t make players around him better. Yet, the top teams and their fans seem to want ALL that on their teams.Pretty ironic

      • hwatt - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        I think the narrative changed in the Olympics, when was an effective bench player.

        we don’t need him to be the 1st piece of the puzzle. We already have defense and we need him to be the last piece of the puzzle. huge difference. The players that would be around him are used to being pushed to be better in Chicago.

  2. DonKellyBaby - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Melo will be staying in New York for 3 reasons.

    1. No way can anyone say no to $65 million
    2. The Knicks have done a good job this year freeing up cap space for this year and 2015.
    3. The Phil Jackson effect

    Carmelo and the Knicks will suffer again this season; however, they will be in a good position to make moves in the 2015 free agency frenzy.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      They will be at worst 4th in the East after re-signing Anthony and signing Gasol. Not sure why you think this 34-win outfit last year was a portend of things to come. They will be a good 10-12 games better.

      • chiadam - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Based on what? It’s funny how the season that actually just happened is a worse forecasting tool than you predicting a 10-game swing based on nothing.

      • malek773 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM

        They are no where near 4th in the east even if Melo stays. All the playoff teams from the east last year or working on getting better. Charolette is better, ATL is making moves to get better, Chicago is working to get better, Miami, Indiana, etc… The only team that may have a drop is Brooklyn but, nothing the Knicks have done shows they can move past them. Hell, even the Cavs are better in the East now. Also Detroit with Van-Gundy as coach migh shake things up a little.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Agreed with Malek. The list of teams that are almost certainly better than the Knicks, even if they keep Carmelo, includes, the Pacers, Heat, Bulls, Wizards, Bobcats (unlike the Knicks, they can play defense), Raptors, and Hawks. That’s 7 teams.

        I think it’s open to debate whether the Cavaliers, Nets (who just lost a coach and a couple of players), Pistons, or Knicks will be the final playoff team. The Knicks have just 3 players who play above-average defense under contract. They’re fighting for the 8th seed even if they keep Carmelo, who had one of the best seasons of his career last year and still led the Knicks to just a 9th place finish.

      • mcjon22 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        One, Gasol isn’t going to the Knicks for the MLE when he could go to any contender for that much.

        And secondly, who’s going to be a free agent in 15′? Love will most likely re-up with whoever he gets traded to, Aldridge will most likely stay with Portland, and the big 3 in Miami will all be locked up one way or another.

        So that leaves who exactly to be a second ‘star’ with Melo?

    • malek773 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      Its not 65M after you factor the tax difference in. Its actually about half of that. Still a lot of money, but not 65M.

      Second thing is there is no gurantee the Knicks land anybody relevant in 2015. Yea they’ll have money but it doesn’t mean they’ll get a superstar to come over. There’s a long list of free agents in 2015 but only a handful of real stars. The knicks will try for a guy like Aldridge, Rondo (if he isn’t traded by then), or Dragic but may only end up with people like Brandon Knight, Paul Milsap, etc…

      Third thing, no matter who they get the odds of winning that season are not in there favor. It took the great Big 3 of Miami one year to fully mesh, figure out how to play together before they won. Building Chemistry takes time.

      • laidlowo - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        So I guess the same would apply for a team like the Bulls. And there is no guarantee of actually success, to be giving up that kind of guap.

      • malek773 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        @laidlowo – Big difference with the Bulls and Knicks. The Bulls have been good for years now. The one thing they’ve been lacking is a guy like Melo. They don’t need to add 3 or 4 guys and let them mesh together. They have the core alread there. They’ve played together for years now. Its just adding Melo and his scoring, the one thing they’ve needed.

      • laidlowo - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Past success doesn’t guarantee future success

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Your number 3 negates your number 1. Phil Jackson is not giving him that money.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    *Phil Jackson WILL NOT participate in that.

    Keep dreaming up more scenarios that aren’t going to happen. I am getting amused more and more with each one.

    If you really think this man is going to leave $60 Million on the table to join a team that still ain’t going nowhere, you’re nuts.

  4. malek773 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Its a very interesting situation. I’m sure Melo has a lot on his mind. Go from 129M to about 70M is big difference in money. The tax in New York is higher than Chicago but he’d still be leaving like 30M+ after taxes. It all depends on how much Melo values winning now. The Bulls roster as is gives Melo the best chance of getting to the finals this year and in the very near future. The knicks roster at the moment does not. In maybe 3 more years the knicks could become relevant again, but thats all dependent on getting players to come to New York. There is no gurantee in that. Does Melo put all his trust in Phil? He has to think if he signs with the Knicks and its a failure he will be 34-35 the next time he can leave. At that age he won’t be the player he is now. No gurantee he could help any team at that point win a title, let alone be wanted by any contender. I’m sure this is a tough call for him. My guess is he would love a sign and trade from the knicks so its a win win for him. Regardless of what happens I respect him for how he is going about it thus far.

  5. 2016olympics - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Iggy signed for 4 years @ $12M per last year….Melo @ 4 years $16M seems reasonable.

    • malek773 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      although i think 4 years at 16M is reasonable money, Iggy is not on Melo’s level. Iggy was never a max guy. Melo is a max guy, so he’s actually giving up money. Iggy probably only gave up money from small market teams that weren’t contenders.

    • rrhoe - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Seems reasonable to people like us who are hard pressed for 40k yearly,but for a person of Carmelo’s stature(income) not so sure.

  6. jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    The Knicks haven’t done jack sh-t in years. They suck no matter if Melo stays or goes. The only thing the Knicks will compete for is last place, where losers belong.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      So, how do you really feel?lol

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        Feelings are overrated…

        feel or don’t feel… Knicks still suck and would whether Melo stays or not…

        Lakers and Knicks are having a race… to the bottom of the NBA…

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Uh, Melo… La La is on line one… she doesn’t sound too happy…

    Melo to La La… hey baby

    La La to Melo… 16 million measly freakin dollars!!! don’t even bother comin’ home if you say yes to that… if you do say yes to that I’m gonna go on a $16 million dollar shopping spree… it’ll only take me 10 min’s with such a small crappy amount…

    • dablakdrphil - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Did it take you a long time to come up with that?

  8. philler09 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    that follow thru in Drose’s Jumpshot is ugly!!! he should visit chip england in SAS

  9. handsomerob86 - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Lol, what a homer reporter. I mean I know your Chicago CSN or whatever. But no one else is reporting that it was a home run meeting with Carmelo. This guy probably has half of Chicago convinced that Melo is gonna come there for way less money. I doubt it. I think if he was gonna go somewhere for less money, he would look at Houstan d/t actually having 2 Healthy consistent stars. Chicago is probably pretty close, but only cause they are in the Eastern conference. Move that team to the West and no way Carmelo is interested.

  10. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    People who wouldn’t walk past a one dollar bill if it was laying on the sidewalk are making a case for Melo to walk away from $60M.

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