For the last few months, one of the biggest rumors surrounding the Chicago Bulls is their apparent interest in signing impending free agent Carmelo Anthony this offseason. While it’s not going to be an easy task for Tom Thibodeau and Co., the odds continue to swing ever so slightly in their favor.
The latest rumor that could give the Bulls an edge in courting Anthony this offseason is Joakim Noah’s role in recruiting the seven-time All-Star to Chicago. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Noah continues to put in a good word.
“According to several sources, including a teammate, Noah’s All-Star Weekend ‘conversation’ with New York Knicks standout Carmelo Anthony didn’t end in New Orleans. They have discussed via text the rest of the season, including the day the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs by the Washington Wizards.”
To make matters more interesting, Noah wasn’t exactly willing to deny these attempts to bring Anthony to Chicago.
“You want me to address that?” Noah said. “I don’t feel like addressing it. I really have nothing to say.”
Typically, when there’s nothing to a story, the interviewee vehemently denies the alleged action. In this situation, though, Noah just avoided the issue, insinuating that the allegations were, in fact, true.
Take from this what you want, but it appears the Bulls – including their players – are all-in with bringing Anthony to the Windy City next season. They lacked a true offensive weapon throughout the 2013-14 campaign with Derrick Rose sidelined, and Anthony would obviously provide that. Teaming him with a healthy Rose would make the Bulls arguably one of the most dynamic offenses in the NBA.
It’s going to be a tricky situation in terms of salary and cap space, but it is possible for the Bulls. If they can find a way to create some significant cap space this offseason – like unloading Carlos Boozer via either trade or amnesty – bringing Anthony aboard is a definite possibility. That is, if the New York Knicks and Phil Jackson don’t convince him to stay.
This isn’t a revelation, but it’s another sign that the Bulls are heavily invested in signing Anthony this offseason. Noah has asserted himself as Chicago’s star this season, and should bring significant sway to the table.