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Report: Bulls considering adding Joakim Noah in Carmelo Anthony talks

Sep 9, 2010, 5:25 PM EST

nba_noah_250.jpgThe Denver Nuggets are not talking about trading Carmelo Anthony right now. Calls are politely being turned away. They want their chance to keep him first.

But a good rumor is like Freddy Krueger, it will not die.

The Chicago Bulls are considering trying to pry Anthony out of Chicago by including Joakim Noah in the deal, according to ESPNChicago.

According to the source, the Nuggets are hesitant to take back Luol Deng as part of a deal with the Bulls because Denver is leery of taking on long-term contracts with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire on June 30, 2011. Deng is two years into a six-year, $71 million contract.

Noah will make $3.1 million this season in the fourth year of his rookie deal. He would become a restricted free agent next season unless the Bulls extend his contract.

We told you yesterday of the reports that Anthony still wants to be traded, preferably to the Knicks or Bulls. This clearly comes out of the Carmelo Anthony camp, which is located somewhere roughly on the third floor of the CAA building.

This new report comes from a “league source.” Think about it this way: Who benefits by leaking this to the press? Chicago? No, it makes them uncomfortable and if it wasn’t for the Bears about to stink once again and Manny Ramirez stinking once again all anybody in Chicago would talk about is this trade.

Does it makes sense to leak this if you’re Denver? Yes. Put out there for Chicago what it will really take to get this deal done.

Formally, Denver is still turning away trade requests. What we have here is a bucket of water out of the Mississippi River of backchannel conversations in the NBA. Denver, or the reasons enumerated, would likely prefer Noah to Deng.

Has Chicago discussed it internally? Probably on some level. Whether Chicago would actually do this is another thing entirely. Noah is a guy touted in Chicago as a building block. Part of the front line with Boozer. And he is affordable. To make the numbers work in this trade you’d almost have to send Deng and Noah, and that’s not going to happen. So there are a lot of questions.

Bottom line, don’t expect any action from the Nuggets soon. Rumors, yes, expect plenty of those. But not action.

  1. johnmaine - Sep 9, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Read about how Pete Thamel of the New York Times purposefully misquoted a source in his Enes Kanter (Kentucky recruit) article: http://bit.ly/9v1na3

  2. Efueshe - Sep 9, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Man that’s just sad. They are ruining a strong core for a “franchise” player. Too many teams jump after names instead of recognizing needs and matchups that they could potentially exploit in the playoffs. How many good big men do YOU know in the league, let alone centers. If defense wins championships, and you trade away your best defensive big who continues to improve for an offensive SF, is that an upgrade or downgrade? In the race for the big trophy, its a downgrade. In order to truly succeed, the Bulls need to be a defensive minded team, and Anthony unfortunately is not a defensively minded player.

  3. terry - Sep 9, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Bulls – PLEASE don’t do that. You have a TEAM, and Anthony is NOT a team player. Let Denver stew in their own juices, let Anthony rot there, but DON’T break up a VERY promising core to get this guy.

  4. MSG Walker - Sep 10, 2010 at 5:26 AM

    Terry,
    I agree with you. To give up Noah would be “suicide!” I hope the Bulls only go with Deng, J.J and a draft pick, MAX. I would’nt even do a Taj Gibson deal. He is a great back up for Boozer. If Denver wants to play hard ball, let them and pass on the trade. The Bulls have a great “TEAM” as it is. Next year, if we play hard and play to our potential, other players will want to come. I like the team as it is although Melo would be a very, very nice addition. But, giving up Noah, not at all. I wasn’t a Noah fan when we got him out of Florida but he has shut my mouth. Noah and Boozer down low rivals the days in Indiana when they had the “Davis Boys!” Everything coming off of the rim was theirs.

  5. McShaq - Sep 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Surely the Bull’s managment is not that stupid. Sounds like rumors we have heard here before. If true, Carmelo is probably headed to New York then, for the 6″10 Italian kid.

  6. Ak. Bridge - Sep 10, 2010 at 5:11 PM

    Everyone was to the point, Chi has it’s best team to date, and it would be another front office blopper if they did get rid of Noah, It’s not like they want to get rid of NeNe, how bout Boozer, and Deng. And Taj is going to be a good player, much like a Horace Grant. Cause Carmel can pass too, and has a big enough body to get offensive rebounds, and with his boozer, and Noah, no chance for the opposing team to get much.

  7. timothy - Sep 16, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    come to the chicago Bulls please please please please ps. remember we tick a pic at the sports hall of fame. this timmy

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