Joakim Noah has been recruiting Carmelo Anthony to sign with the Bulls dating as far back to the All-Star Game last winter, while Rose has been adamant that he will not be recruiting any players to the Bulls as he doesn’t believe it’s his job.
Noah has been the vocal leader for the Bulls the last past few seasons while Rose, the quiet superstar, has been out of the lineup with two season-ending knee injuries, but the outspoken Noah is hoping to convince Rose to attend Anthony’s free agent visit to Chicago on Tuesday.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, Noah has been recruiting Rose to recruit Anthony, and frankly he should as the face of the franchise and leader of the team.
“Sources say that Noah will either be present at the free agency meeting, or will meet with Anthony after the conclusion of the meeting. Noah wants to bring Rose along with him as well, and is trying to persuade the point guard to attend the meeting. Rose has made it clear that he doesn’t view it as his job to recruit free agents.”
Rose declined to be a recruiter in recent years for star free agents like Dwight Howard last year and Anthony and LeBron James in the summer of 2010 when they elected to sign with the New York Knicks and Miami Heat, respectively.
The youngest MVP in NBA history has come under fire by some Bulls fans for not taking an active recruiting role like Noah, but the normally reserved Rose has deferred to the front office and head coach, Tom Thibodeau, to make the sales pitch for the team.
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