The Chicago Bulls are trying to find ways to make sure they can get back to the Eastern Conference Finals and this time get into the NBA Finals for the first time since 1997-98.
After a few years of not looking at superstar names and instead trying to fill in role players around Derrick Rose, the Bulls are changing up their strategy and looking at adding a big name. While LeBron James and Kevin Love have been kicked around as possibilities, the Bulls look to remain focused on Carmelo Anthony and signing him as soon as he opts out of his deal with the New York Knicks.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Carmelo Anthony has been scouting the Chicago Bulls since the middle of the season, and even went as far as to call up former Bulls small forwards to ask what it’s like to play for Tom Thibodeau in his system.
According to a league source, Anthony is intrigued by the idea of playing for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. During the season, Anthony sought out multiple ex-Chicago wing players—separate from the widely reported conversations he had with Bulls center Joakim Noah, the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year—about Thibodeau, according to the source.
This is phenomenal news for Bulls fans hoping that Carmelo will be savior for the city. The team is in desperate need of a star player to compliment Rose and Noah and it’s looking like Anthony is that guy. Of course, a lot can happen between now and whenever Melo signs and he hasn’t even officially opted out of his contract yet, but when he does he’s expected to be courted by the Bull and the feeling is looking very mutual.