Apr 9, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) reacts to a call in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Bulls defeated the Wolves 102-87. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Joakim Noah wants Bulls to sign Carmelo Anthony but only if Taj Gibson stays


There has been rampant speculation for the better part of this year that Carmelo Anthony will be leaving the New York Knicks and signing elsewhere. It’s only been recently that the Chicago Bulls have become frontrunners to land him and the closer we get to the moment he opts out the more the Bulls are mentioned as a likely landing spot.

One thing helping the speculation is Joakim Noah’s continued recruiting of Carmelo Anthony. The main reason that folks are against the idea is that there doesn’t seem to be enough money for the Bulls to stay under the tax, sign Melo and keep their roster intact.

According to Joe Cowley of The Chiago Sun-Times, Noah is in favor of the Bulls signing Melo but doesn’t want to sacrifice forward Taj Gibson in the process.

It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which the Bulls get Melo and keep Taj Gibson but it’s possible. The Bulls would need to gut everyone else and possibly even ask Nikola Mirotic to stay overseas for another season but having a starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah may be worth all the sacrifices it would require. 

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  • jaime

    Cap space moving north 5 mil. Riensdorf has stated in the past to field a championship contender he would pay luxury tax. Then why not bring over Mirotic and have him come off the bench at 14-16 pts a game ?

    • Leroy Boyd

      Jamie
      because they cant sign Melo and Mirotic and have the competitive salary to convince Melo even taking what they can clear up is worth the move. Many basketball insiders have said that the increase in salary cap and amnesty Boozer and renouncing or trading Dunleavy would give the Bulls a competitive salary to offer Melo. Furthermore why would Melo want Gibson not with the Bulls?

      The Bulls have stated some time ago that Mirotic may not come until the 15-16 season if they can get Melo I see that happening. If Melo chooses to stay in NY or go some where else Mirotic will be over this season

  • Brian

    Is there a way that they could work out a sign and trade. I’m sure there’s a way we could give them a few players. Even if it means giving the knicks Dunleavy, and Mirotic. If we had Melo, why keep paying him to stay overseas. Not sure how they do there business when it comes to details, but there’s gotta be a way to make it happen.

  • philip

    you are forgetting you need to lock up hinrich, amnesty boozer…. there is wayy to many roster moves that are up in the air for chicago… there depth will be nuked… thibideau is going to leave chicago and go to the lakers…. Thib is not happy in chicago and he may demand to be moved… so you have a potential head coaching change in addition to losing boozer, hinrich, and gibson… just hope melo does his homework… in addition derrick rose is not the elite mvp he once was… his knees are wrecked and he can’t play like he used to be able to… its sad but chicago is an illusion, a mirage… what you see on paper is not there… its comical if he does go there and rose gets injured again for the whole season, boozer gone, gibson gone, hinrich gone, noah hurts his knee again, and its just butler and melo player at .500 record (fingers crossed)… NYK 4life