By Sean Sarcu @seansarcu on July 1, 2014
With NBA free agency officially underway, the Chicago Bulls were the first team to meet with Carmelo Anthony. Here are five interesting bits of info about that meeting, including the appearance of a certain Bulls point guard.
Anthony was given a comprehensive tour around Chicago's new practice facility. Most of the organization's brain trust was there for it, including Gar Forman, John Paxson and Tom Thibodeau.
Joakim Noah, who was in Anthony's ear trying to recruit him to come to Chicago as far back as the All-Star Game, was in town on Tuesday for the meeting.
Taj Gibson was at the meeting with Anthony for several hours, something which Bulls' beat writer K.C. Johnson noted was very important in light of the fact that Anthony wants Gibson on the team if he does indeed choose to sign with Chicago.
Thibodeau was by Anthony's side for nearly the entirety of Tuesday's proceedings, even being inside the same van that took Anthony to the United Center. In an interesting aside, Thibodeau is very familiar and friendly with Leon Rose, Anthony's agent.
Despite his ire-inducing comments that he would not actively recruit Anthony or anybody else to come to the Bulls, Derrick Rose was present at the meeting on Tuesday. Rose is famously reserved and withdrawn; the fact that he came to the meeting anyway must say quite a bit to Anthony.
Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.
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