The Bulls have seemingly put the chase of Kevin Love on the backburner, instead focusing more on trying to snag Carmelo Anthony. While I personally prefer Love over Anthony, I do understand why the Bulls would put more efforts into snagging Anthony. Melo is a nice fit that provides what the Bulls have been missing these last few years, and it could require giving up less assets to bring him to Chicago.
Of course, that doesn't mean the Bulls have stopped trying for Love. ESPN's Jackie MacMullan first reported that the Bulls had made a trade offer for Love, and MacMullan even claimed the Timberwolves found it more enticing than what the Celtics had to offer. ESPN's Chad Ford has more on the Bulls' supposed offer for Love, which really doesn't sound very appealing at all to Minnesota:
The Wolves continue talking trade now with a number of teams. The Warriors, Celtics, Nuggets and Bulls are getting the most play right now. The Warriors deal was "near the finish line" according to one source before it stalled because of the other players involved in the deal. The Bulls, who are offering Taj Gibson, Tony Snell plus No. 16 and 19, are the latest suitors.
It's interesting that Ford calls the Bulls the "latest" suitor, because we've been led to believe that they've been eyeing Love for quite some time. But whatever. Anyway, that offer is pretty crappy for the Wolves, and it would be an absolute no-brainer for the Bulls. But yeah, no chance Minnesota goes for that poo-poo platter.
The Wolves and Warriors were reportedly close to a Love trade, Per Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, That deal is now supposedly dead as Golden State backed out because of an unwillingness to include Klay Thompson (questionable move, Warriors).
Adrian Wojnarowski was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning (via) and his feeling is that Minnesota will try and keep Love:
"Flip Saunders believes he can coach this team into the playoffs," Woj said. "And maybe he can keep Love to [stay]."
This could simply be posturing by the Wolves in order to get other teams to up their trade offers. The Bulls clearly could make theirs quite a bit better by including Jimmy Butler and/or Nikola Mirotic, but I'm thinking Chicago wouldn't do that unless they whiff on Anthony. The reports of the Bulls 'focusing' on Melo would seem to reinforce that:
The Bulls could also make their offer more enticing if they trade up and include the higher pick in a Love offer, or by taking back a bad Wolves contract. So it seems like there are ways to get this done. I know the Bulls might prefer Anthony (although Derrick Rose might not?), but I'll reiterate what yfBB said not long ago: If Bulls can get Love, just get him and don't put yourself at the mercy of Anthony's whims. Although the way it's looking, the Bulls may be able to wait on Anthony before upping an offer for Love.
I'm going crazy.