Never has so much been made of a player for the Chicago Bulls with a kind of high ceiling in regards to trade rumors.
Kobe freakin' Bryant. Luol Deng.
Kobe Bryant. Luol Deng.
Yeah, do not screw this up again, Chicago. A player of the highest ilk in the National Basketball League is available, and wants to come to your city, and all you have to do is center a package around one Joakim Noah.
Remember how bad of a draft pick that was? Yeah, it seems as if most "fans" of the Bulls do not understand how what you need is more important than how you feel about what you have.
Chicago needs an an unquestioned, legit scorer to help upgrade an anemic offense. Kyle Korver is a solid scorer...off the bench. Carmelo Anthony is a legit scorer who is rarely on the bench. Outside of that, who can be counted on to score at a high volume consistently?
Derrick Rose will continue to get better at scoring, but to say he will match what 'Melo does is just foolish. Rose would actually benefit because the scoring load would be less on him, giving him a chance to get better without a spotlight on every shot. Anthony is known for his scoring, while Rose will never be known for that as long as his vision and passing do not fail him.
Getting past the idea of scoring, the white elephant of a question surrounding the idea of a deal is giving up rebounds that Noah adds to acquire the scoring this team desperately needs. If memory serves us all correctly, the Miami Heat are already crowned NBA champions by the southern belt and anywhere that is not Los Angeles or Chicago.
Who is playing center for the Heat? Yeah, might as well be you.
Yes, Noah is a nice player, and has showed promise, but is promise worth keeping over cold, hard facts? Interior play is replaceable compared to pure scoring. Everyone knocks new Bull Carlos Boozer for not playing defense, but who knocks his double-double that he gets at a very consistent pace?
Anyone can replace Joakim Noah and his zero All-Star appearances, crippling plantar fasciitis, and put-back offensive points.
Yeah, you forgot about the plantar fasciitis, a disease that once acquired, never goes away, and can flare up worse than a chance encounter with an ex-girlfriend who is not over your.
The package that could be put together include Noah, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and/or James Johnson, and one, two, or nine first-round draft picks (yes, it is an exaggeration, but to get a team to take on Deng's contract, it may have to be that many. Yes, that is also an exaggeration).
Those four names will never equate to 'Melo, but it would be a package Denver would like because it offers depth in positions they could use it at, especially after letting their star player go.
Denver knows a trade is the only way to make this right. Anthony wants out, and any team interested knows that the upper hand is with them, as any team could wait and sign him away from the rich creamies while giving up squadoosh.
Denver is not going home empty-handed.
The final question you need to ask yourself about this potential deal is this: If you are to start a franchise today, who would you start your franchise with? Joakim Noah, or Carmelo Anthony?
Just like the question, this deal is a no-brainer. Trade Noah, his questionable health, and unknown talent, and get a real talent that is a legit piece in Carmelo Anthony who will help exponentially in the taking out of "Miami Thrice."