Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Derrick Rose prefers Kevin Love to Carmelo Anthony


The Chicago Bulls enter the offseason trying to land a big star, turning their attention to Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.

The Bulls are said to prefer Anthony to Love ad Bulls’ center Joakim Noah continues to recruit Anthony (although Anthony apparently isn’t returning his calls), but the Bulls’ star player would prefer the Bulls land Love.

According to Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News, point guard Derrick Rose prefers Love to Anthony, believe he is the better player.

Noah will be disappointed if it turns out that Anthony uses the Bulls merely to get Dolan to up the Knicks’ offer. But one of his teammates won’t be crushed. Derrick Rose hasn’t called Anthony once and isn’t expected to do any recruiting when the Bulls make their run at the Knicks’ top scorer in free agency.

According to sources close to Kevin Love, Rose’s preference is for the Bulls to work out a deal as soon as possible for Minnesota’s All-Star forward because he sees Love as more of a team player than Anthony. Chicago is in the mix with Golden State for Love, with Boston and Denver considered long shots. If it makes any difference to Melo, Rose has no plans to recruit Love, who is free next summer, either. But the Bulls already know whom he’d really prefer to play with in the future.

Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line. Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe.

 

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose Joakim Noah Kevin Love Minnesota TImberwolves NBA Rumors New York Knicks

  • Leroy Boyd

    Andrew
    so Rose told you this or your sources gave you this info? Sources are what authors and reporters use to make readers think they are reporting facts rather than their opinions. I find this article is just a start of new rumors. Trying to say what Rose wants is like saying what the Bulls will do in the draft and free agency.

    Since Rose says very little to the public and news outlets so now we are getting conflicting reports first he wanted Melo now he wants Love damn is anyone reporting facts rather than opinions

    • Justin1978

      I can easily seeing Rose wanting Love more. They are the same age (less than a month apart). They are friends and work out together in the offseason. Both went through the levels of basketball at the same time. They were both in the same draft. They played on the world championship team in Turkey together in 2010 and both are still involved with USA basketball. He is familiar with Love. It makes sense that he would like Love more. I don’t think he would be upset if they got Melo instead.

      • Leroy Boyd

        All you ssid is true but I just question that statement that Rose said he would want Love more. I think with all that’s going on Rose would be foolish to make a public statement like that.

        I just dont believe he would say that even if he rather have Love. I believe he would welcome Melo and there have been articles written that he supports the Bulls trying to acquire Melo. But as for making public who he rather have is nothing but someone putting out false info.

        There is no way the Bulls and Rose would let that get out as fact it not only would give them less of a chance to get Melo but it would up the price the Bulls would have to get Love for.

        • Justin1978

          Rose didn’t come out and say it. It wouldn’t make sense like you said. Love hasn’t come out and said he wants to be traded, but everyone knows he wants out. It comes from sources close to Rose like agents and people in his circle. I don’t think it really matters anyway. It’s not like Rose wouldn’t play with Melo. He said he wouldn’t recruit either guy. It just makes sense he would prefer Love because he is more familiar with him.

          • Leroy Boyd

            I believe sources like I do the tooth fairy. I don’t think it makes any difference who he is familiar with I think its all about getting soneone that requires that you not generate your defense to stop Rose only.

            Getting Melo would be a masterful move but the other move that would clearly make the Bulls management Exs of the year is getting Affalo as the 2 guard.

            Can you imagine Rose Affalo Melo Gibson and Noah plus Snell Butler Smith as your top 8 players. Now the Bulls have to get a PG and PF to fill out the second unit

          • Adam

            What is Melo going to make, because the other 4 starters will make around 47 million next year. Salary cap will be around 63. And what kind of bench will you have. And Butler will want a raise next year or you loose him.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Dont know what he wants it’s what the Bulls will do to get an offer that he would accept. As for Butler I dont think the Bulls are concern with him until his rookie contract is up which is 2 more years. Butler will be a restricted FA next summer so the Bulls can match any offer. Its after his 5th year that they could lose him.

          • Adam

            Actually, this is his last year on his rookie deal at just over 2 million. His qualifying offer for 2015-2016 is just over 3 million and then he would be and UFA. Next year, he could put the Bulls in a financial bind by getting a deal for around 10-12 million per year offer.

          • Leroy Boyd

            All I know is the Bulls can match any offer after this season and the season of 15-16 he can leave the Bulls if he chooses but if you or Butler thinks the Bulls will give him 10-12 mil a year wont happen. He is probably going to get the same deal as Gibson.

            I dont think any team is going to give Butler 10-12 mil a year. This could be his best year if the Bulls pull off the Melo and Affalo moves it will get him back to his 6th man role

          • Adam

            If he signs the qualifying offer in 2015, he would be an UFA in 2016. Like I said, if he is offered that much money, the Bulls would have a tough decision to make. Also, I think Noah is a FA in 2016 (or 2017, not sure) and he would want a new deal and maybe more than the 12 million he will make. But I think Afflalo has a player option for the 2015-2016 season and that could give Chicago some cap flexibility.

          • Leroy Boyd

            As I said the Bulls are not going to offer Butler 10-12 mil a year. I am not worried about Noah’s contract year the Bulls will take care of him but Butler 10-12 mil a year. I have not seen 10-12 mil worth of play from Butler. I again dont see what you see that you would think the Bulls or any team would offer Butler that much money over several years. Heck he has not even played up ti 5-7 mil per year.

          • Adam

            I am not saying he is worth that. But a team might offer him that. There are lots of players overpaid, and a good young player who plays great defense like Butler might get a team willing to overpay to get the Bulls to not match an offer for him.

          • Leroy Boyd

            You are right it might be some team out there willing to pay that. But it wont be the Bulls. I think the Bulls will make an effort to clear up his contract issues before or after this season. I just dont think they are going to pay him more than Gibson. I can see a 32 mil for 4 years.

          • Adam

            Doable, but I think it leaves the Bulls very close to the luxury tax threshold that they don’t like to go over.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Reinsdorf has said he will pay the tax for a winner so I am not to worried about the tax issue simply because of letting the 98 team disband when they could have won 1-2 more titles. Once this team is assembled and they win, the nedia and fans will demand keeping this team going in the right direction

          • Justin1978

            If the Bulls get Afflalo and Melo while still keeping Taj, Noah and Rose, they will have to say goodbye to Butler and they will have no chance to bring over Mirotic. They will also have to be willing to pay the luxury tax. I think if they get Afflalo, they won’t get Melo. They will bring over Mirotic. Those 5 guys you mention as starters will likely make well over 60 million. It would impossible to avoid the tax. Butler is a RFA after the season and he will likely sign an offer sheet that the Bulls will have to pass on matching for a backup. He won’t take the qualifying offer. No player ever does. Even if he does, the Bulls will lose their right to match if he becomes an UFA.

  • Jenffrj

    Love is all you need…