5 Reasons Why Chicago Bulls Failed to Sign Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony: 5 Reasons Why Chicago Bulls Failed to Sign Him

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Just as in 2000 and 2010, the 2014 offseason saw the Chicago Bulls pursue huge names in the free agent market only to come away with none of them. Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the New York Knicks, and the Bulls are apparently going to settle on a deal with Pau Gasol — who plays a position Chicago is already deep at — as a consolation prize. Here are 5 reasons why the Bulls failed to sign Anthony.

5. Familiarity

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5. Familiarity

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Carmelo is from New York City and has played with the Knicks for the last three and a half seasons. New York is familiar and comfortable to him at this point; a move to Chicago would have been a jolt.

4. Questionable Fit with Derrick Rose

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4. Questionable Fit with Derrick Rose

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Both Carmelo and Derrick Rose need the ball in their hands a lot to be successful. Having the two of them on the floor together would probably have been a somewhat awkward fit. Anthony prefers being the go-to option, which he will be in New York after the talent-bare Knicks sign him to an enormous max contract.

3. Family

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3. Family

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Family is always a factor in free agency, and the natural preference is to maintain the status quo. Re-signing in New York means that Carmelo, his wife and their seven-year-old son get to stay where they are already happy and don't have to uproot their lives.

2. Free Agency Disappointment Is the Bulls' Specialty

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2. Free Agency Disappointment Is the Bulls' Specialty

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Seemingly every time a great class of free agents comes around, Chicago registers significant interest but comes away with pie on its face. It's a tired old story for the Bulls, who have made utter failure in free agency into an art form. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it; one would think that a huge market with an already-good roster would have no trouble attracting high-quality players, but that just isn't the case for Chicago.

1. Money

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1. Money

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Anthony will surely decorate his decision in the coming days with comments about belief in Phil Jackson and vague references to the ever-nebulous "direction" of the franchise, but the whole world knows that this is all sugary, window-dressing nonsense. The Knicks could and did offer Carmelo the most money by far, and it has to be nearly impossible to turn down cash in excess of $125 million.

Sean Sarcu is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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