Carmelo Anthony still hasn't been traded or bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder, but most believe it's just a matter of time. The Houston Rockets are still considered the favorite to land the 10-time All-Star, but it may take at least one more team in the mix to make any kind of deal happen.
One Chicago columnist - Michael Walton of NBC Sports Chicago - thinks there is a Carmelo trade "waiting to happen." He thinks that the Bulls should trade for Anthony - and then, of course, buy him out.
Walton thinks that the Bulls should trade Cristiano Felicio and Robin Lopez to Oklahoma City in exchange for Anthony. He argues that moving Felicio gets Chicago out of a bad contract. He says that moving Lopez opens up more minutes for the team's developing players.
It's an interesting idea. Anthony would be bought out by the Bulls and likely sign with a contender - like the Rockets or Lakers. Here's more:
This trade is essentially two teams swapping mistakes. The Thunder won’t have Anthony on their roster next year, and while they want to trade him, the market for the 34-year old forward is incredibly non-existent. Chicago isn’t worried about luxury tax payments anytime soon, so taking on Anthony’s contract (and the subsequent buyout) would be worth it just to get rid of a few big men to give Carter and Markkanen even more time to gel as the frontcourt of the future.
Carmelo's contract - which he opted into this summer - is the main issue for Oklahoma City. Anthony is due $27.9 million this year, and his salary puts Oklahoma City in serious trouble when it comes to the luxury tax. Moving him - or stretching his salary over multiple years - greatly reduces the burden.
At some point, a deal will get done. Will it be with Chicago? We'll likely find out soon.