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As Carmelo Anthony toys with the idea of leaving the Big Apple this summer, the Bulls are expected to be one of the top teams he considers instead. The interest is mutual, as Chicago is expected to "exhaust"most of their assets in an effort to improve the team.  (Crowley, June 15).

As fate would have it, Anthony just happens to stand tall as this coming summer's top free agent prize, should he opt out of his current contract with New York.

Like the Knicks, the Bulls fell way short of the initial mark at landing one of the most prized free agents (LeBron James and Chris Bosh were among the most notable ones) back in the summer of 2010. The Knicks settled for Amar'e Stoudemire, whereas Chicago signed Carlos Boozer.

Fast-forward to 2014, and Boozer's contract is set to be an expiring one next season. With there being mutual interest between Chicago and Anthony, Boozer's contract could prove to be a major piece of a potential puzzle that becomes a sign & trade deal involving Anthony heading off to the Windy City.

Well-known Knickerbocker killer Mike Dunleavy's contract is also expiring, and the Bulls happen to own draft picks that could be of interest to New York. Whereas this year's draft will take place well before Chicago can legally have a conversation with the Brooklyn native, future draft selections should always be appealing to the Knicks, a team still desperate for picks in the years ahead.

The bad news is that the Bulls would be a rather sensible and feasible landing spot for Anthony, and there certainly appears to be mutual interest. The silver lining in this situation is that the Bulls are poised to wheel and deal for the star's services.

Surely, the Knicks could stand to benefit from this. But don't expect the Bulls to go about negotiating with Phil Jackson and co. all too desperately. With Anthony in the driver's seat with regard to his fate, Chicago would appear to have the upper hand.

They may be willing to sacrifice assets, but the fact of the matter is the Bulls likely won't have to give up the farm in order for the Knicks to be ready to play ball. Should Anthony be raring to leave, it'll be in New York's best interests to get what they can and begin to plan for the future instead.

Tags: Knicks , Keith Schlosser
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