I wish, like many Bulls fans, that a headline containing the name Carmelo Anthony and the Chicago Bulls existed in the summer of 2014.
Four years later, the Bulls are instead acquiring Anthony from the Rockets to help lessen their luxury tax bill. Rockets will send Carmelo Anthony, draft rights to Jon Diebler and $1.56 million to Chicago for draft rights to Tadija Dragicevoc.
Do not spend anytime researching Jon Diebler because he will not be playing for the Bulls. But here is a fun fact: Diebler holds the Ohio State record for 3-point fields goals made. So there’s that.
Back to business.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls will wait to waive Anthony to see if they can get an asset before the February 7th trade deadline. The Los Angeles Lakers have shown interest in the 34 year-old but do not want to waive a guaranteed player to create room for Anthony as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.
Wendell Carter Jr. underwent successful surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb. He is scheduled to be sidelined 8-12 weeks. There is a strong possibility he does not play another game this season. If so, Carter Jr. would finish his rookie campaign averaging 10.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.
Carter Jr. met with reporters on Tuesday at the Advocate Center and talked about his injury, the rebuild, and highly coveted prospect Zion Williamson. “He’s a for sure No. 1 draft pick,” Carter Jr. said. “No doubt about it. I don’t understand how anybody can pass up his athleticism and his potential. That’s a freak of nature, a once in a generation type player. I believe he’ll be No. 1.”
Comments on the rebuild: “I feel like everybody here is bought in. We just have to get a better feel for one another when we’re on the court. Especially with the draft coming up, depending on who we draft, we’ll be able to mold this team into something very special.”
What’s next on the trade front?
Despite Carter Jr’s injury, the Bulls will still be shopping Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker between now and the deadline per Johnson of the Tribune. It’s unknown what the Bulls could get back but if the Bulls cannot move these players, it would not hurt their future cap situations. Lopez is on the last year of his deal and Parker holds a team option for next season. I’d say their value tops out at a second round pick and I would not mind getting more draft capital. The Bulls are rebuilding after all.