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Report: Melo’s reps push Bulls to get back in trade mix

Jan 19, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

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Right now, there is little truth around Carmelo Anthony, just negotiating tactics. For example, steps by Anthony’s reps to create the illusion of demand, to pressure parties into agreeing to a deal.

Carmelo Anthony’s representatives are pushing the Chicago Bulls to get back in the trade bidding for the Nuggets star, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. He says the talks with the Nets are stalled and the Nuggets still have no interest in what the Knicks have to offer. No matter how many picks we are talking. So Anthony’s people turned to the Bulls.

The Bulls were one of the teams on Anthony’s list of franchises he would sign an extension with (which remains the question with the Nets). Chicago had some exploratory talks with Denver, suggesting a package centered around Luol Deng, with picks and other players (maybe Taj Gibson). The Nuggets came back and said Joakim Noah had to be part of the deal. The Bulls rightly hung up the phone and that was that.

With how well the Bulls have played — 28-14, currently the third seed in the East — without yet having their full team together for a serious stretch, it’s safe to say the Bulls offer has not changed. They like where they are at. Besides, Anthony’s strength is as a shot creator, but the Bulls already have one of the best for that in Derrick Rose. Bringing in Anthony just takes the ball out of Rose’s hands more.

Put simply, Chicago is not giving up Noah. It’s hard to see how a Deng offer is better than what the Nets have on the table, or really how it is better than the Knicks offer the Nuggets disdain.

But ‘Melo’s agents know another team in the mix would create some pressure on the Nets and Nuggets to get it figured out, so they are trying. Hard to blame them. We all want this ‘Melo saga to end. Hopefully the arrival of Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov in the United States Wednesday will provide the impetus to end the talks, one way or the other.

  1. bigtrav425 - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    I still dont know why Chicago is hesitant on giving up Noah.He isnt anything can find guys like him pretty easily i think.Altho i think gettin Anthony would be a mistake for Chicago,they should be happy it would only take someone like Noah to get Anthony maybe trade for him with Noah and then send him on his way to new york or the Nets

    • rosloe62 - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      What makes a guy special? Who can the Bulls get better than Noah? (Acording to you, with ease)

  2. pff - Jan 19, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    “find guys like him pretty easily” – and where would all those other players be exactly? and what makes carmelo so special? it would not be JUST Noah like you suggest…but a combination of players off the Bulls roster.


  3. florida727 - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    I agree with “pff”. You think guys like Noah are a dime-a-dozen just because he doesn’t score 30-per-game? What he brings to the table, and in the locker room, aren’t things you trade for. Any trade that effectively takes the ball out of Derrick Rose’s hands EVER is a bad move for Chicago. Let ‘Melo go to the Nets or Knicks. In Chicago, the response is, “who cares”.

  4. rosloe62 - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Why would the Bulls part with Noah? Where are all these nonspecial Double Double guys to replace him. I don’t blame Denver for wanting Noah, but the Bulls need stay away from Melo. Let him go to NY, make a ton of money and enjoy the nightlife. Chicago is a winner without him!

  5. bigtrav425 - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Easy as pie my friends…all you need is to watch a lil more basketball.i havnt even had cable in 2 yrs but iv watched basketball long enough to know its not hard ot find someone who gets 15&10 a night…usually 1 on every team,and im sure there are more if more people would get playing time…Stay Thirsty my friends

    • ibejeph - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      You mistake numbers with effectiveness. A lot of guys who play big minutes can put up double doubles. The sub-.500 teams of the league are filled with them but they are not good centers. They miss assignments, play crappy defense, shoot a terrible percentage, play lazy, etc.

      A guy like Noah is an anchor. He knows his role, he is big, active and makes the right defensive moves. You can pair him with a weak defender like Boozer and end up with a real strong front court.

      Like Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Gasol covers for a lot of Zach’s short comings on defense. Same way that Zach carries the scoring load for Gasol. Its synergistic.

      Marc and Noah don’t appear on sportscenter and they don’t have a huge collection of scoring moves but they work hard, bring it every night on defense and keeps the mistakes to a minimum.

    • chobes68 - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM

      So you deal Noah plus whatever, and not you still need to pick up a big to fill the gap Noah filled. Doesn’t make sense, as those easy to get bigs, as you say, won’t come free.

    • pff - Jan 19, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      yeah pal…15 and 10 players in the NBA are a dime a dozen…

  6. chobes68 - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Yeah, but how many of those supposedly available 15/10 guys are dogs, or dogs in the locker room. Numbers can be deceiving. There are many players who are me first, who get those 15/10, because that’s all they care about. Winners like Noah are much more valuable than their numbers.

    On top of that, its not going to be a straight Noah for Anthony deal. Denver wants Noah to be the main part of the deal coming back, which isn’t going to happen. They’re going to have to make a deal sometime, or they’re going to lose him nothing. Plus, the Bulls need a shooter more than they need a facilitator anyways.

  7. philtration - Jan 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Trade Noah and then have to look for a replacement right?
    What the Bulls need is a shooting guard that can also play defense.
    The guys that believe that players like Noah are a dime a dozen know nothing about the NBA.
    If they can wait and then sign Melo as a free agent then great but you don’t trade away half of your team to get him.
    Last I looked the Bulls are 28-14 and leading their division by 10 games and that is with Noah and Boozer out.

    They are not desperate for players, wins or attendance.

  8. nelson8403 - Jan 20, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    They should give up Bogans and Gibson plus 2 first rounders for Melo, fair trade

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