So I think a lot of us would like the bulls to have a scorer like mello. Some of us love him, some hate him. Some think he is a fit, some think he needs to change his game, some think he would never work here. But let's say all the chatter is real and mello is really thinking about coming to Chicago. But at what cost? First off I love how everyone. Assumes lebron isn't leaving Miami, when I actually look at the situation of both teams the bulls are better set up, so why not make a run at lebron. But that's besides the point.
Ok ok back to mello, first things first. If mello were to leave New York for any team he would be leaving $30 million on the table. Now to us that's a ton of money. But mello has already made close to if not more than $100,000,000.00 nba contracts and endorsements combined, maybe that $30 in salary isn't that much. But if he wants to come to the bulls realistically he will have to take a deal that is less than the max, I'm thinking something in the range of $12-14 million a season. So he is not only losing $30 million but potentially an extra $8-10 million a season. Now his market stays huge, and the possibility of winning championship would help to add to his endorsements. So he could potentially make up for the loss of nba salary. But a loss of money is a loss of money and that's a ton of money, so maybe all this talk of him willing to take less to win will get tested.
For the bulls, they clearly have to amnesty boozer. Now the difference between melo and boozer is big. They are both bad defensively but melo is leaps and bounds better offensively. And slotting melo at the 3 and taj, if they can keep him, at the 4 the defense is better, albeit slightly better with the drop defensively at the 3. But better none the less. And the offense takes a huge step forward. Now again boozer is gone, and most likely a trade of dunleavy would need to happen to help create more space. I think snell could play the 6th man role just fine. Plus the bulls have the potential to get the bobcats pick this year, roughly the 16th pick, plus their own pick. 2 first rounders in a deep draft should help save some money replacing the bench guys who would need to simply be let go. Now here is where it gets interesting. Is it possible to get melo here, and bring over mirotic? Yes, but is it possible to do that and keep taj as well? I'm not so sure. This is where I think the over all cost of melo takes it's toll.
We are never going to know what mirotic is going to be until we get him here. He could be the next dirk, fingers crossed, or a Toni kukoč which is solid. But again we won't know until we get him here. I think mirotic is the priority, and if you can get melo at $10-12 million. Yeah do it. But if melo wants $15-20+ then the bulls need to stay away and possibly wait to make a run at Durrant or love the following year. Now if the bulls can get lebron then hell yes amnesty boozer, trade dunleavy, trade taj, what ever you can. But I doubt that happen. I just think there are too many questions, and possible down sides for both parties for this to happen. I think the most likely situation is melo staying in New York, or if he leaves going and playing in LA because the lakers don't care about the cap. And the bulls make a run at a cheaper player like Stevenson or turner cheaper but still good, a typical bulls move.