Dec 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) fouls New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls may not sign Carmelo Anthony because of Joakim Noah

Assuming Carmelo Anthony exercises his player option and becomes a free agent this season, few teams are a more likely destination than the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls could use an additional ‘star’ (especially with the uncertain status of Derrick Rose) and will have the money to bring one in. Of course, the improved play of Joakim Noah may put a wrench into that idea as Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald explains.

The possibility of Anthony eyeing the Bulls this summer has been well-documented. But something else happened Sunday that showed why the move is unlikely. Joakim Noah continues to establish himself as one of the league’s most valuable big men and probably will merit a salary increase when his contract expires in 2016.

Despite being one of the NBA’s ‘big market teams’, the Bulls have been relatively conservative in regards to how they dish out contracts and having to pay Noah with both Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony on the roster? That might be pushing things a bit too far for the ownership group.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah

  • Kevin Woods

    That’s all you got?

    • darath ny

      Hahahaha Well said.

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    I agree with Kevin Woods… So what if da Bulls god forbid have to pay a luxury tax… Sign Anthony and when the cap increases then pay Noah. Now the operative words are regarding the luxury tax are May have to pay a luxury tax. Again, first things 1st–sign Anthony if he wants 2come 2Chicago, then deal with Noah’s extension accordingly. Dang, you media are always trying to put up blockades to us vying to win some CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

  • philip

    waittt seriously, did this reporter do any research… please tell me where chicago has the money to pay melo??? did you mention they have to lose gibson, amnesty boozer, still retain hinrich, and move melotic to the states??? noah will not take a pay increase to hinder the bulls ability to sign more stars…. the league has changed an so has the mentality of the players… this reporter really did not do a good job