NBA Rumors: Is a Carmelo Anthony Acquisition Imminent for Chicago?

Dustin Brown@drbbossCorrespondent IISeptember 5, 2010

Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng drives the paint while Denver's Carmelo Anthony shies away.
Chicago Bulls' Luol Deng drives the paint while Denver's Carmelo Anthony shies away.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

With a potential cherry on top of the 2010 free agency frenzy, speculation has increased in a massive manner as Carmelo Anthony is rumored to be traded.

Right off the bat, the NBA's sparkling new bandwagon team from South Beach has gained ground as a potential destination for 'Melo.

In addition to the Heat, New Orleans is expected to rise to greatness in a sport separate from football by landing Anthony.

Well, all rumors aside, the Chicago Bulls need to be re-considered among the dark horses.

A potential trade has been swirling about within media, including Chicago's SF Luol Deng, PF Taj Gibson, and two future first rounders for Denver's prized possession.

Immediately, Nuggets fanatics' ears should be perked. If 'Melo is destined to represent another team, Denver would be smart to take this trade sooner than later.

Luol Deng, an "overpaid" small forward, has been considered a near-bust. The Sudanese-British star was selected seventh overall in the 2004 NBA Draft, and would be highly recommended if up for trade.

Averaging 15.8 points per game with six and a half rebounds, Deng would thrive in a role in Chicago's current state, but would definitely bring the Bulls closer to a championship if Carmelo arrived.

Also, Deng is only 25, bringing important defense to a team which needs athleticism. Luol Deng would be the most important piece of the puzzle in a trade situation.

Next is Taj Gibson, 2009's NBA All-Rookie first team member.

Many slate Gibson as a powerful defender, with the ability to offer energy in the paint. 

Both Luol Deng and Taj Gibson could be vital to any takers, as their youth and potential should raise some eyebrows.

Carmelo Anthony would indeed enable the Chicago Bulls to compete against the Miami Heat. Depth would be plentiful for both teams, alongside a stacked starting five. This trade may be too good to pass up in Denver's point-of-view.

2010's free agency is full of surprises.