It's been a common opinion that in order for the Bulls to make a serious offer at Mr. Carmelo Anthony, they would need to give up a minimum of Tony Snell, Mike Jr., both of their #1 picks, a Boozer amnesty, and unload Taj's contract. That sounds like too much give up for me. I would be fine unloading Snell, Mike, and the picks but amnestying Carlos and giving Taj away bothers me immensely. I don't think the potential impact of Melo is equal to or greater than the losses of Carlos and Taj and I'll tell you why:
1) Taj has proven himself way too valuable this year. I don't know the ins and outs of contracts and paydays like a lot of you guys, so bear with me for any mistakes or misinformation/misinterpretation I may use. BUT, Taj has proven that he has undeniable talent on the block and is one of the only big men in the league with a passable back-to-the-basket game--he has the deadliest drop-step I've seen in years. His jumpshot has gotten better, and it looks to me like his court vision has improved. And this isn't even mentioning is continuing excellence on the defensive end, but what the Bulls lack is offense, and having a post presence like Taj who can carry the offense every once in a while is invaluable. Melo w/ Taj works, but I don't see the Bulls getting much better if they get Melo but lose Taj as a result.
2) As much as we love to rip on Carlos, this team lacks bigs and the FO for whatever reason--legit or not--have not been able to provide the roster with competent and serviceable bigs. If the Bulls throw in the whole kitchen sink and actually get Melo on a max contract, that leaves them with almost no money to fill out the bench [Sports2 has a good breakdown of what it would take to get Melo]. And it's not like you can find a quality big for cheap or inexpensive which is why having both Jo and Taj on good contracts is soooooo valuable. We all know Carlos' contract is a huge albatross and his production has been pedestrian to say the least, but I'd rather bite the bullet for another year than have Nazr and Kwame Brown backing up Taj and Jo. Carlos ain't the hero we deserve, but he's all we got.
3) One of the biggest weaknesses of the Bulls' roster is a lack of consistent offensive production from the guards. After DJ Augustin, the backcourt struggles immensely for good stretches to generate any kind of offense. I don't know if it's because they don't like, feel comfortable, or just can't create or improvise, but the fact is that the Bulls' backcourt as a unit cannot be relied upon to score. Having Carmelo and D-Rose 3.0 would be great for the starting unit, but if you don't have MDJ or Tony Snell, you are destroying your already thin bench into oblivion. And as referenced in point #2, you already don't have much cap space and you still need to get a 2nd unit frontcourt as well, and with the draft picks gone, you can't draft your bench either. The starting 5 would be great, but 5 players does not a championship team make. Now if there was a way that Carlos and/or Taj could stay with the team, then this doesn't become an issue. However, in order for Melo to come over this would be the reality.
All in all, I wholeheartedly believe that this roster with the addition of Melo is a championship contender. If you take the team that beat the Heat yesterday and insert Carmelo, that game becomes a potential ECF match-up. Take that team and insert both Derrick and Carmelo, we're talking about dethroning and anarchy (all hail Lord Helix). But to even entertain the thought of attracting him, you have to strip this team down to it's bare bones and give up any immediate future flexibility, and I don't think it's worth it. This team still needs a second backcourt scorer, but i don't think Melo is the answer.