A. New York because Phil Jackson is able to make significant addition to the team through the ability to trade away either Amare’s or Barg’s expiring contract to allow either a free agent signing, trade, or sign and trade (which NY still is unable to do until they get below the tax apron)
B. Chicago because the Bulls are able to complete the transaction(s) to acquire Melo without having to lose Gibson in the process. This could be performed either in a sign and trade with New York (where Boozer, Anthony Randolph, possibly Tony Snell, and at least one future 1st round pick is sent) or with another team (who takes Boozer, Randolph, and some deal sweetener and Chicago then sends a suitable traded player exception and at least one future 1st round pick to NY)
Chicago’s pursuit of Gasol in a sign and trade does speak to Chicago’s inability to make the necessary deals to bring Melo in on a comparable deal without gutting the roster
C. Settles on New York with the team as is with only a $3.6mm trade exception, the mini-mid level exception and more future promises of glory and riches should Melo return
The current make up of the NY roster isn’t necessarily better than last year; it is though, more reliable with Calderon and Dalembert instead of oft-injured and generally unrealiable Felton and equally oft-injured Tyson Chandler.