Jan 15, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) battles for the ball with Orlando Magic point guard E

NBA Trade Rumors: Bulls shopping Taj Gibson allows Chicago to chase Melo

I, along with many other people have speculated the possibility of the Chicago Bulls becoming serious players in the offseason for current New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Chicago could take another step in the next few weeks to potentially making that a reality.

Jan 30, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots a free throw during the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. New York Knicks won 117-86. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats all made preliminary inquiries about power forward Taj Gibson recently, but the Bulls weren’t satisfied with any of the proposals.

Cowley also notes that there’s a “growing possibility” the team will deal the power forward before the deadline and that it’s a signal that the Bulls might be willing to try to clear cap room for a run at Anthony.

After the Luol Deng trade, the Bulls have $63 million in commitments for next season, almost equal to the projected amount of the salary cap for the 2014-15 season.

After they use the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, which is a given, they will add $16.8 million of salary cap space.

To make a run at Melo, Bulls’ general manager John Paxson will have to clear more cap space, something it looks like he is committed to doing as I expect Chicago to be pretty active at the deadline.

Gibson will make $8 million next season, the second year of a four-year extension he signed with the Bulls in the fall of 2012.

Depending on how much salary the Bulls take in return, trading him could clear the way for Anthony.

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