There has always been speculation that the Chicago Bulls could consider signing New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in free agency, but it was believed that a perceived poor relationship between Anthony and Bulls center Joakim Noah.
There were also no solid reports linking the two sides, but now that has all changed and apparently Anthony and Noah are closer than we had all thought.
From Chris Broussard of ESPN:
Over All-Star weekend, I’m told by a person with knowledge of the conversation, that Joakim Noah recruited Carmelo.
Now, you’ll probably hear denials out of Chicago if they talk about it, because it would be tampering, officially.
But I’m told that Joakim said to Melo, “Look, you can go to Los Angeles. But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago.”
Melo, I’m told, said, “Look, I’ve been watching you guys. I admire how hard you play. I admire how hungry you are. Oh, and by the way, my son’s favorite player: Derrick Rose.”
If the Bulls have interest in adding Melo to the roster, then it would certainly be an interesting storyline to follow throughout the offseason.
A team of Melo, D-Rose and Noah would be a big three that could compete with anyone outside of Miami.