The Bulls are rumor central right now and it seems that it is just conflicting reports that in the end don't show the Bulls true direction, such as the rumors claiming the Bulls are going after Melo and Afflalo. But if you connect the dots this all makes sense. There have been rumors stating that the Knicks are willing to do a S & T, but not accept any salary past 2015 and also not take booze due to bad publicity and tax reasons. So this is where the Afflalo trade comes in. If the Bulls trade Boozer and the 16th pick along with Tony Snell, a 2016 first rounder and a future second they could receive AA, the 12th pick, and an amount of unguaranteed salaries of 11.5( Jameer Nelson, Jason Maxiel, and Ronnie Price). Thus, the Bulls have just traded 2 main assets ( the future pick and snell) to 1) get rid of boozer 2) move up from 16 to 12 3) collect a large amount of unguaranteed salary to trade for a superstar 4) acquired a near-allstar shooting guard that fills a desperate need. Now combining the unguaranteed contracts with the ones the Bulls already posses that amount is about 15 mill. So a trade for Carmelo could be Dunleavey+Unguarntees+ greg smith+12th pick+ sac pick+ 2 Portland 2nds for Carmelo(18 mil starting) and Raymond Felton. Thus the Kicks get valuable assets, don't take any salary basically, while getting rid of Cupcake(who Phil hates). This also allows the Bulls to stay above the cap and maintain the use of the MLE and BAE to add valuable depth after getting the superstars. Using those exception to sign depth like Dj and mirotic. Fill out the rest of the roster with vet mins.
The Bulls Lineup
Afflalo/ J.Buckets/Jordan Clarkson(19th pick)
Now the bulls don't have to stop there.
Since the Wolves are looking for a mix of current talent and assets for Klove, the bulls could offer the best deal of Afflalo+Gibson+ 19th pick+ Miortic for Klove+K-Mart. If that went down the team would look like this:
Or something like that.
Basically the move for Afflalo is not the end, but rather just a move to further increase flexibility which the Bulls have been doing since the Trade deadline.