Nov 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson (1) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 97-80. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls rumors: Turning their attention to Lance Stephenson, Pau Gasol?


New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony looks like he will be re-signing with the Knicks but the Chicago Bulls are legitimate contenders to land him.

Anthony, who put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line last season, has a lot of interest in the Bulls and the Knicks, but also has very real interest in the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Joel Brigham of Basketball Insiders believes the Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson and Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol could be a backup plan for the Bulls if they don’t land Anthony.

As to who, exactly, the Bulls would purchase with that cap space remains to be seen. Chicago has been linked to a ton of different free agents, so nailing down a few specifics could prove to be challenging. The most notable, however, has been big man Pau Gasol, with whom Bulls’ brass and Joakim Noah met earlier this week. Gasol could join any of a number of teams, depending on how much money he’s willing to accept, but the Bulls have reportedly offered him a starting role and will have enough cap space to offer him something reasonable.

Some have mentioned Lance Stephenson as a possibility, but he really doesn’t fit the Bulls’ locker room culture, and his volatile demeanor and occasional on-court immaturity are hard to see working under Tom Thibodeau.

Of course, if the Bulls could find a way to land both, which is virtually impossible without a sign-and-trade, it could work out even better than they expected.

Stephenson averaged 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this season while shooting 49.1% from the field, 35.2% from beyond the arc and 71.1% from the charity stripe in the regular season. In the postseason, he put up 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He shot 45.5% from the field, 35.8% from downtown and 71.4% from the free throw line.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony Chicago Bulls Lance Stephenson NBA Free Agency Pau Gasol

  • pitzer

    You bulls fans looking for another pacers reject. Even if you really wanted to pay for the Lancelot, you aren’t really a contender. That would be a huge mistake for Stephenson… just saying how it is, because we all know it would take way more than Stephenson to turn your team around. Lmao… the bulls!

    • Chief Diaz

      Pitzer go f**k yourself.

      • pitzer

        Diaz, eat s##t chief… of course you eat s##t because you drank the water.

  • B. Epps

    Schmuck = pitzer

    • pitzer

      B. Epps = bull s##t

      • pitzer

        If it looks and smells like it… it is bull s##t, eat it up Epps.

  • Park Ridge Howard

    WTF are your talking about, the Bulls adding Deng or Stephenson would make the finals if Rose is somewhat healthy. After reading your mindless dribble, I LMAO……………… :-)

    • pitzer

      If rose, if rose… wtf are you talking about? You had deng you dummy. You should keep dunleavy, at least he will keep your subways safe. Lmao…..:0

      • Park Ridge Howard

        Well you moron, listening is an art. Deng + Rose, which we didn’t have last year because Rose was injured again. With last years emergence of Noah I believe we have a shot with just a couple more pieces (Mirotic, McDermott and a scoring SF or SG) and the above mentioned 2. By you valuing Dunlevy over Deng, shows how much you know about the game. Real nice RACIST comment, also shows your intelligence level. Luol Deng is one of the highest character guys you will ever find, MORON!

        • pitzer

          Shows you are a liberal douche, hey everyone look another racist… do the world a favor and stop talking about basketball and pick up quidich, nerd.

          • Park Ridge Howard

            Again moron your talking out of the wrong end. I am anything but a liberal! You can do the world a favor and STFU cuz you don’t know anything about basketball.

          • pitzer

            Bulls suck and your mad…sorry loser

  • Adam Ballard

    Actually the bulls are closer than many people think. Lance gives them lock down defending on the wing and slashing ability. They are bringing mirotic over now and he is a lot like pau gasol. The bulls biggest problem was scoring last yr. Defense was great.

  • pitzer

    derrick rose = broken

    • Chief Diaz

      Lol anger issues. F**k the pissers I mean pacers. Yall ant sh*t never gonna be sh*t. Weak franchise u guys have. Paul George the man with two first names he’s weak too. Weak minded soft b***h. Packers I mean pacers want to be like Chicago. Lol pacers ha ha ha.

      • pitzer

        Where has this pinto been? Pacers have been to the eastern conference finals 2 years in a row, chump. Chicago wants a rivalry with Miami, but they don’t have the goods. Weak minded city, you don’t know talent, after Jordan left… so get mad all you want, you are a group of losers… Oprah, Obama, Rose, the list goes on. Apparently there is a loser b##h named Diaz too.

        • Park Ridge Howard

          So give me one Indy name………………dah, how about pitzer!

          • pitzer

            Sorry you suck

    • Chief Diaz

      Paul George= soft B***H

      • pitzer

        Still qweefing over there in Chicago, while your mommy and daddy is some b###hes

        • Chief Diaz

          Im not gonna get in to a Internet war. To bad I couldn’t see u in per person though. See how tuff u are then. Im guessing not that tuff. So hide behind your phone or computer.

          • pitzer

            I’d beat you like Wiedman, b###h. Tough… this is how you spell it correctly, you border back packer.

          • Chief Diaz

            Real TUFF u are. Lol this guy

          • pitzer

            BOO! Just like how your team plays

          • Chief Diaz

            Lol boo huh. Well its been fun but I got to go.

          • pitzer

            Qweef chief

          • Park Ridge Howard

            We don’t have a rivalry with the Pacers because you suck.

          • pitzer

            It could be worse… I could be a bulls fan.

          • pitzer

            Resign booooooooozer!

          • pitzer

            The looser

  • pitzer

    The only reason your team competes now is because of your favoritism calls, for being a big market organization. Pacers don’t get the calls unless the nba wants to extend a series. I can’t even type pacers without the system changing the name to the packers… that is what the media wants is for you all to hate my team…. So all you fart smelling bulls fans can stick it.

    • Joe

      pacers choked beyond belief this previous year , enough said. Miles of nothingnesss, ugly people , and farms…Indy in a nutshell.

  • pitzer

    All these dumb Chicagoans, getting mad about their talentless, broken core. Ha

  • pitzer

    The song playing on this page is, “Where do broken hearts go.”