Joakim Noah Still Recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Chicago Bulls

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Ever since the 2014 NBA All Star weekend, center Joakim Noah has been trying to recruit Carmelo Anthony to play for the Chicago Bulls. Evidently Noah’s recruiting hasn’t stopped and the two players have been in contact ever since.

Recently, Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported that Noah has even gone so far as to get Anthony to use the same osteopath as him. It was the same osteopath that helped cure Noah’s plantar fasciitis during the 2012-13 season that also affected him during the playoffs of that year.

While it could be meaningless that both Anthony and Noah are discussing medical information, it is a good sign for the Bulls that the two players are getting acquainted. Technically, Bulls management isn’t allowed to talk to players outside of the organization until the free agency period begins in July. However, the league has very little control over players talking to each other during the offseason—regardless of their free agent status.

Anthony, one of the league’s best scorers, would be a perfect fit for a Bulls team that ranked last in the NBA in points per game. Over the 2013-14 season, Anthony averaged 27 points, eight rebounds, and three assists for the New York Knicks. Although he’s not considered a good defender whatsoever, playing alongside Noah, Jimmy Butler, and Taj Gibson should make life easier and cover up some of Anthony’s woes if he were to become a Bull.

The Bulls can only sign Anthony outright if he were to take a drastic pay cut, and if the team amnesties Carlos Boozer‘s $15 million contract. The Bulls might also have to part ways with Gibson, Butler, or Mike Dunleavy to the Knicks in order to fit Anthony under the salary cap.

It’s going to be tricky if the Bulls plan on signing Anthony this summer, but at least they have a leg up on the recruiting process courtesy of Noah.

Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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  • Jimbo

    Man i don’t see why it’s such a big question for melo to figure out. If he wants a championship he needs to go to the bulls it’s that simple. It would be almost automatic. Nobody would stop that team under thibs. Melo can score all he wants and have a closer like rose and the league’s best defense to pick it up on the other end. ….sad that money always complicates things. If melo is true to his word that money is not an issue and he wants to win hell come to chicago.