Dec 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) defends against New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony rumors: Tom Thibodeau has the Chicago Bulls back in the mix

When star forward Carmelo Anthony opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, many perceived the Chicago Bulls as the favorites to land Anthony.

Although they can’t compete with the Knicks in terms of money, they have an excellent roster with the likes of big men Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, a solid young swingman in Jimmy Butler and a former league MVP in point guard Derrick Rose. The Bulls severely need scoring, which Anthony would obviously provide and the Bulls could mask some of Anthony’s defensive deficiencies.

However, it looked like the Bulls were out of the mix and Anthony would likely return to the Knicks or sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, the Bulls appear to be right back in the thick of things.

According to  Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, the Bulls are back in the mix for Anthony because of head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Anthony 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.

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