Mar 5, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson talks to forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Knicks win 118-106. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: New York Knicks expected to ask NBA to investigate Bulls tampering with Carmelo Anthony

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.

Per Lawrence:

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.

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  • Pat

    The Knicks should not burn any bridges with the Bulls, because they might want to attempt to orchastrate an eventual sign and trade with the Bulls. The deal per Chicago Sportswriters, (2) 1st round picks along with Boozer’s and Dunlevy’s expiring contracts. That is better than watching Carmelo walk for nothing.
    The Bulls have all of their own picks plus Charlotte’s this year (Tyrus Thomas) and Sacramento’s (Luol Deng – top 12 protected).

  • Pat

    Tom Thibodaeu is also under contract with the Bulls. Perhaps the Bulls should consider filing tampering charges against the Knicks Front Office.

  • John

    James Dolan should be more concerned with keeping his own house in order. He wouldn’t have to worry about tampering with his players by other teams if he took proper care of his own team. This gentleman is a joke and should leave the business of managing professional athletes to pro’s not some trust fund baby. He should hire the correct people. The players have zero respect for him and don’t take him seriously. It’s a shame that these storied franchises and their fans are left twisting, wondering about their future.