Projected rise in salary cap could allow Bulls, Rockets make push for Carmelo Anthony

Sam Spiegelman

The NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a $5 million rise in the salary cap for the 2014-15 season, according to ESPN. If true, it could allow clubs such as the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets more cap room to better maneuver a deal for free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has been linked to the Bulls for some time, having a relationship with Joakim Noah, asking what it’s like to play for coach Tom Thibodeau and stating he wants to play for a contender right now.  And according to the report, the Bulls were already confident in their ability to lure Anthony to the Windy City before news there would be a rise in salary cap space.

Per the report, the Knicks’ failure to make the postseason made the Bulls “increasingly optimistic.”

As for the Rockets — the team’s financial freedom is very much contingent on its plans for center Omer Asik and guard Jeremy Lin. Both players are oft-mentioned as trading pieces, and those salaries coming off the books puts the team is a strong position to sign Anthony.




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David Levine
David Levine

Trade Bargs to KINGS for first round draft ..

David Levine
David Levine

Sign and trade MELO to Houston along with Felton for LIN and Asik plus our second daft choice. Trade chandler to LAL for GASOL.

meloin5
meloin5

Melo the King of the Mecca of Basketball  will be Crowned at $22 million per year for 5 years with a no trade clause.  Then he will shower his subjects with chips by excelling in the Triangle Offense. Which is a no-brainer for him, doubters can review his performances during his Olympic and All Stars Games. Just catch and shoot baby, the essential of the Triangle Offense.

zebeto
zebeto

ESPN Rumor via Mike and Mike.... Mike Woodson has met with Phil and is rumored to have been fired!! Well, can't say we didn't see this coming!!

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

One valuable asset the team has that hasnt been brought up is Kenyon Martin.


Im not referring to on the court or in the locker room though.


this summer Knicks will get KMArt's FULL bird rights which means we can resign him for up to 5.5 million (104.5% of the average salary last year) .. 


Now you may ask WHY would we resign a player who was hurt?


well.. we can resign him for 5.5 mil and then include him in a trade where we can accept 125% +100K in salary coming back.  6.975 Million!!!  The receiving team can just buy him out and send him home.. Since he is likely done as a useful player.


That's a lot of juice to pair with another expiring deal in bringing back players in trades.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

I'm confused on how Chicago can offer Melo a max deal even with a $5 million rise in Salary cap. 


THis years is $58.679. Increased to $63.679


Chicago has to Amnesty Boozer most certainly. That puts them at $47.552 million for 7 players. 


Now they have to have 500K cap holds for the other 8 players on the team which puts them at $51.552 million.



With that cap of $63 million all the bulls can offer Melo is just over $12 million a year. 


I think they can find a taker for Dunleavy if they want to truly just dump him which would add $3 million to that.


However, are they trading Taj Gibson too in a dump which is what they need to do in order to really get the opp to offer Melo close to max deal.


This is al the while not bringing back anything in return.


Also lets talk about their 1st round pick this year which is worth more than the 500K cap hold. 




I still am confused why this has never been brought up. Am i wrong in my thinking here?

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

BULLS BLOG HIGHLIGHTS



If that DJ Augustin shows up again, Bulls are in trouble.  He looked absolutely awful tonight. No confidence in what he was doing and he dribbled wayyy too much.



Ricky, I feel like Thibs deserves some of the blame too

There are two major flaws in Thibs coaching: overplaying guys in the regular season and the lack of subs in the 4th. That last one killed us tonight. Some games, that lineup is just not going to do it – he needs to think outside the box and make some subs (whether it is Dunleavy, Snell or Jimmer). Not only was the offense terrible at the end of the 4th, but the defense was horrendous, too.


Thibs is stubborn so he'll never change his ways

The REAL disappointment here is that there was no urgency

I didn't understand why Dunleavy was on the bench in the 4th. He was hot in the third and the Bulls obviously needed someone to make shots.  Also, Jimmy should not take any threes except in emergency situations.

Also.... Joakim Noah is exhausted.... they need to find a way to get him a little rest during the game


Thibs is a good coach…. but he needs to learn to adapt a little with rotations, I feel like this team will have a hard time in the playoffs until coach starts making some in-game adjustments. The playoffs is often a chess match, and the one who wins the chess match isn’t the player who shows the same strategy each game.


Tell that to Thibs. He refuses to take anyone out in the last 8 minutes

No subs in the 4th despite getting killed in both ends.  It’s like there is an unwritten rule that the Bulls have to had the same 5 guys for the last 8 minutes

So, this one gotta be on Thibs, right?


JIMMY Fing SHOOT IT


It’s not even shot attempts anymore, he fakes and passes to someone in a worse position, every time.

No subs in the 4th despite getting killed in both ends

It’s like there is an unwritten rule that the Bulls have to had the same 5 guys for the last 8 minutes


thibs still stubborn


Thibs stubbornly stupid


jeandd323
jeandd323

Going to bed now ...


Hoping to wake up to the news that Woodson is gone !


Good nite all.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Loved how Portland closed that game. What a hard-fought game between both teams.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Somebody tell Kenny The Jet and Chuck that the 1970's want those suits back.

dagawd
dagawd

Breaking News


D12 says he does not know about this team and his future with the team but he's a rocket as of now

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

I really wish Dolan would have fired Woodson in December. We would be playing. I gotta go now and cry myself to sleep. Hope you guys had a happy Easter.

dagawd
dagawd

Chemistry Smarts and hustle is all a good coach wants from his team

dagawd
dagawd

U read it first here, the rockets get bounced d12 will want a trade so the reports will be

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

Damian led them. I like that kid. So mature.

rgm891
rgm891

Great news man!!!!!! First step to greatness

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

@Lee Lewin  I said last night the only thing Chicago can offer Melo was 12M. Looks like my numbers were on the money!

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Lee Lewin  I bring this up EVERY DAY


the cap holds for roster spots are only for 12 roster spots not 15.. 


but otherwise spot on.  It's amazing that writers dont care to do the simple math to find out if what they are spewing is actually possible.


Bulls will also have to renounce Augustin, Hinrich and wont be allowed to bring Mirotic over from Europe.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@knicksgirl35  I have been calling for Woodson head since the summer. I was also calling for the Knicks to get rid of Chandler and Felton during the interim. It pains me to witness this gigantic "miss opportunity" for our Knicks giving the  current state of the eastern conference. With Indiana in chaos and the bulls faltering, if there was ever a window of opportunity for our team, that is it ! Yet, we are not in it due the incompetence of our soon to be former coach !



knickfan2
knickfan2

You're not alone in your suffering.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@knicksgirl35  i was pulling for the  shao lin. Unfortunately, they gave the ball to the bearded guy !

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@BiggieTKB @Lee Lewin  Thanks biggie...makes sense on the 12 instead of 15. 


Is that still enough for max or do they have to find someone for Gibson too who will take his 3 years and 25 million remaining and not take one single salary player back in return.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@BiggieTKB @Lee Lewin Hey Biggs help a brother out: IMO yourself & Old Knick opinions I respect on this blog. Can you guys come up with a realistic trade  scenario to get Melo the kind of point guard we need to flourish in today's NBA for next year???

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@bockers @BiggieTKB  did someone tell you that and you pasted it here?


he's a huge expiring contract and proved more than useful.

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Ray Jorge @BiggieTKB  Oh.. and Orlando throws in the #12 pick.. and we include Hardaway and JR Smith

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@Ray Jorge  Orlando gives up two of their three best players for Chandler and Shumpert.. LOL.. 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

BoNckers


go cut and past from somewhere else.. or come up with an original thought


Green and Wallace have 2 years left on their deals and Stat has proven to be a useful player on a huge expiring.  KMart is money off their cap. and Hardaway is a top 5 rook  plus a first rounder that  represents 20 mil in savings and two assets.. plys Amare's expiring to use later in the year.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@BiggieTKB @Ray Jorge@Lee Lewin  I'm down for that but would like to keep Amare & plug Bargs instead! I'm dying to see a Rondo/Stat pick & roll with a waiting catch & shoot Melo!

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@bockers @BiggieTKB  you cant even comeup with your own original insults..


Cut and pasted from an insult web page..


how about this//


you are a senile octogenarian who is lonely and is attacking someone incessantly on a message board.  I pity you. 

BiggieTKB
BiggieTKB

@kingkiyan  BONKERS puts no thought into his posts.  He just cuts and pastes them from elsewhere.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@dagawd @BigChiefTriangle  

Maybe Portland will be next on his wish list...

sanza
sanza

@BigChiefTriangle  I don't blame Melo if he not buying D'Antoni system,

If a coach call a timeout, set a last time play, with the team under 1 point, on the playoff, and then execute it for Jared Jeffries, if I'm a player, I will ignoring him too...lol

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@knicksgirl35 @BigChiefTriangle  

Okay. I can only judge off what I saw during the games.  And I saw D'Antoni actively coaching during a game, trying to get Carmelo's attention for a play (designed for him to shoot), and Carmelo openly ignoring him.  Whatever was happening behind the scenes I don't know.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@knicksgirl35 @BigChiefTriangle  

D'Antoni endorsed the trade:  "You've got to make that deal," D'Antoni told a friend near the end of last season. "If you're a fan of the Knicks then you should be happy with that trade..."


After that relationship deteriorated, both of them wanted the other out.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Knicks_Fanatic @knicksgirl35 @jeandd323  You sure you saw all of the Lin/Landry games? I did.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@knicksgirl35 @jeandd323  True, he was ... Me personally, I detested his coyness during the negotiation with Houston. I did not like the fact that he did not come back for the playoffs at 80% ... using his injuries as an excuse !


Before this blog lights up on fire with angry tirades, that is my opinion and I am entitled to them! LOL

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@BigChiefTriangle  Pringles was trying to get Melo to leave. He never wanted him from the beginning. You folks don't know that saga?

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@knicksgirl35 @BigChiefTriangle @jeandd323  

I don't know about that, but both sides obviously weren't feeling each other...I'm happy D'Antoni's not coaching the Knicks, but Carmelo definitely broke a lot of plays D'Antoni was calling, even at the end of games (and ignoring him during huddles).

I wasn't a fan of that behavior, either.

jeandd323
jeandd323

@knicksgirl35 @jeandd323  did he? I would have swore that it was Melo who grew jealous of his fame. The Knicks locker room came to believe that Lin  was a media sensation who did not pay his dues.


Anyway, it is water under the bridge now