A lot has been made about where Carmelo Anthony will play his basketball in 2014-15 and one destination that keeps coming up is with the Chicago Bulls. While beat writers in Chicago are adamant that the money isn’t there to keep the team intact and also get Melo, rumors continue to fly that he’s heading to the Windy City in the summer.
The rumors are swirling so much that Mitch Lawrence from the New York Daily News expects Knicks owner James Dolan to ask the NBA to investigate the Chicago Bulls for tampering with Carmelo Anthony in the middle of the season.
Those comments could be viewed as tampering since Anthony is under contract with the Knicks, and could result in a hefty fine for Chicago. Moreover, Garden chairman James Dolan will almost certainly press the NBA to investigate the matter, although it’s always difficult for the league to prove what transpires in private conversations.
The investigation would stem from alleged comments that Joakim Noah made to Melo while at the All-Star Game. Noah supposedly told Melo that if he wanted to win a ring, he should choose Chicago over Los Angeles and New York.
That’s awfully close to tampering, but the league will have to take the next steps in the matter.