The main thing the Chicago Bulls have been missing since Tom Thibodeau arrived in Chicago was a superstar scorer to play next to Derrick Rose. The kind of player who can get 25-30 points a night and take over a game if needed.
That's why the Bulls should do whatever they can to land Carmelo Anthony this summer.
Anthony's detractors would say that he has too many faults to thrive in Thibodeau's system. He doesn't play consistent defense, he wants the ball too much, he isn't a team player, isn't a winner. The list goes on, but I've always felt it was misguided.
Anthony was the centerpiece of a Syracuse team that won a national championship in 2003. He's never played for a coach like Thibodeau, a guy who has a track record of getting the most out of everyone on his roster.
Anthony has the type of game-changing offensive ability that the Bulls have been missing most. His presence would also take pressure off Rose to come back and instantly be the player he was before all the knee problems started.
Thibodeau would find a way for both All-Stars to share the ball and work together.
Most importantly, Anthony is the only star on the market who seems even remotely attainable to the Bulls. Who else is coming to Chicago? The odds remain high that LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade stay in Miami.
To those who don't want Anthony, what's the better solution? Anthony's presence may not get the Bulls where they want to go, but it does get them closer to it than they are right now.
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.