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Carmelo Anthony trade rumors: Chicago Bulls trade with New York Knicks possible?

Carmelo Anthony could become a member of the Chicago Bulls if the cards fall right.
Carmelo Anthony could become a member of the Chicago Bulls if the cards fall right.
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Carmelo Anthony trade rumors now suggest a deal with the Chicago Bulls could be possible. These big Carmelo Anthony trade rumors stem from an article written by Kevin Anderson for CSN Chicago on Wednesday morning (June 25). The possibility here is that the Bulls could work out a sign-and-trade deal with the New York Knicks in order to nab him before a free agent bidding war gets started.

It's no secret that the All-Star forward opted out of his contract with the Knicks and now has the freedom to sign with any franchise. Some analysts see it as a ploy to get a new long-term deal from Phil Jackson, while other rumors suggest that he could be looking to team up with LeBron James in a new city. There aren't a lot of facts to back up those claims, which is why other teams have started to enter the conversation as well.

So how could these latest Carmelo Anthony trade rumors lead to the Chicago Bulls becoming the winners? A three-team deal suggests that the Knicks receive Jameer Nelson, Tony Snell, Mike Dunleavy, Nikola Mirotic, non-guaranteed deals of Ronnie Brewer and Mike James. The Orlando Magic would then get Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler, the Bulls' 2015 first-round pick, and the a protected pick from the Sacramento Kings. The Bulls would then land Anthony and Arron Afflalo. It could certainly change the fortunes of all three franchises.

A roster of Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Anthony, Arron Afflalo, and Derrick Rose seems pretty good on paper and would likely have fans extremely excited about the 2014-15 NBA season and beyond. An article from ESPN on Wednesday suggests that there are quite a few teams in the race to sign Anthony already, meaning the Bulls have a lot of competition. Other teams that are working to acquire him include the Knicks, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, and Los Angeles Lakers.