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Report: Joakim Noah recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Chicago Bulls

Mar 6, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

Kenyon Martin, Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony

Reports Carmelo Anthony could sign with the Chicago Bulls this offseason are nothing new. Even Melo has stoked the flames of the rumors.

But most published work on the subject has focused on where Melo desires to play.

Sure, by trading Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum and draft picks, the Bulls signaled a greater interest in 2014 free agency. There just haven’t been as concrete reports they wanted Melo.

Until now.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

Over All-Star weekend, I’m told by a person with knowledge of the conversation, that Joakim Noah recruited Carmelo.

Now, you’ll probably hear denials out of Chicago if they talk about it, because it would be tampering, officially.

But I’m told that Joakim said to Melo, “Look, you can go to Los Angeles. But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago.”

Melo, I’m told, said, “Look, I’ve been watching you guys. I admire how hard you play. I admire how hungry you are. Oh, and by the way, my son’s favorite player: Derrick Rose.”

Perhaps, Noah was acting on his own, but that would surprise me. I would think he’d know the Bulls have an interest – if not a full-blown desire – in signing Melo.

So, he reportedly took steps to help make that more plausible if the Bulls want to go that route.

Legal steps?

By the letter of the law, no. By precedent, absolutely.

The NBA inconsistently punishes teams for tampering, so who knows what the league would do if it found these Noah-Melo conversations took place? Most likely, the NBA won’t want to find anything and won’t investigate.

But if the NBA confirmed Broussard’s report and punished the Bulls, it would be a complete injustice. How is this any different than Chandler Parsons texting Dwight Howard daily before free agency began last summer?

Assuming the Bulls stay clear of the league office, they must clear even bigger obstacles to get Melo. They’d likely have to amnesty Carlos Boozer and trade Taj Gibson – unless they can convince Melo to accept less than a max contract.

Joakim Noah might be convincing, but I doubt he’s that convincing.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    You guys wont quit, will you. Chicago management is not interested in signing Melo.

    • cruzan80 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      You guys??? Who…Joakim Noah??? The kid who was holding the sign in the United Center begging Melo to sign with the Bulls last Sunday???? Those guys??? Sure thing Mr. Forman!

      • casualcommenter - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

        “Timberwolves Brian” seems like a guy who.would be able to speak on behalf of Bulls management. I mean, he clearly follows the Bulls closely, right, and not some other team?

      • casualcommenter - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Brisin, not Brian. Autocorrect

      • florida727 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        It’s NOT tampering when a PLAYER talks to another player. It’s only tampering when a coach, or team official talks to the player. These players are friends. They can’t legislate that they can’t call their friends. Wade openly talked with LeBron and Bosh. These play together on international teams. Of course they’re going to compare notes.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Why wouldn’t they be interested? One of the best defensive teams in the NBA which has been held back by offense over the last few years wouldn’t be interested in an elite NBA Scorer?

    • bucrightoff - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Yes, they are. How can they possibly rely on Derrick Rose anymore? Melo has his faults, but staying healthy isn’t one of them. Rose is just too fragile to rely upon anymore.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        completely agree, the “derrick rose window” has closed on him delivering a ring.

      • deavn - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        @loungefly74 I wouldn’t say all of that. Derrick Rose is still nice. But adding Melo would definitely take a lot of pressure off of rose and could potentially turn them into a legit threat in the east.

    • apkyletexas - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Boozer is gone anyway, but Melo would be foolish to demand so much money that they would have to lose Gibson. Certainly can’t rely on Rose ever coming back at full strength- he’s likely to follow the Danny Granger career arc.

  2. gmsingh123 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    At what point did PBT become Pro Basketball Gossip?

  3. heat256 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    How’d the pitch go?

    “It’ll be great. You’ll have to play defense like never before. You’ll get to play at least 45 minutes every night. If you’re tired, it doesn’t even matter. It’s awesome! Yeah, you’ll be bone tired come playoff time, but at least you’re not on the Knicks”!

    • apkyletexas - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      and you’ll get out of the first round…

    • antistratfordian - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Thibs will teach Melo how to play defense effectively within his scheme, so he wouldn’t have to start exerting himself so much more on that end. He just has to learn how to be more efficient with his movement. Ray Allen in Miami and Boston is a good example – just be in the right places at the right time.

  4. kingofharvey - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Yeah thats whata heat fan would say ….scared???? of course you are

  5. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    We can now confirm that this team is Noah’s… Sorry Rose. You can come off the bench though.

    Come to Noah’s Ark and you will be saved Melo!

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      Good one! Noah’s ark, I like.

  6. pudgalvin - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Chicago talk radio is lighting up right now with people saying they’d rather have Taj that Carmelo. Same fans that wouldn’t part with Deng 5 years ago to get Kobe.

    That being said, projecting way forward maybe into fantasy land, this would leave the Bulls horribly thin on the front line, which has been the strength of their team since Thibs took over. It would leave them with one big man, and no low post scoring. But, if you’re able to pick up a guy like Melo, you worry about those problems later.

    • cruzan80 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      They don’t have to get rid of Taj Gibson to sign Melo. Once they amnesty Boozer, they can offer Melo about 15 mil per. If they trade Dunleavy they can then offer up to 18 mil. A starting frontline of Melo, Gibson & Noah is very realistic next season.

      • kinggw - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        No its not. You’re mistaken if you think Melo is going to leave New York for less than the max. $18M doesnt get it done.

      • pudgalvin - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        No. IF, and it’s still an if if you’ve followed anything Reinsdorf has done over the years, they amnesty Boozer, that gives them around 12 million in cap space this summer. Zero chance Melo comes for that. If they trade Dunleavey for absolutely nothing, that gets them to 15. Very, very, very slim chance Melo comes for that. There’s taking a paycut, and then there’s leaving almost 40 million dollars on the table when this is probably your last shot at a max deal. They’d have to trade Gibson for nothing, trade the rights to Mirotic for nothing, and scrounge the bottom of the free agent barrel for minimum contracts to fill up your bench. Best way for the Bulls to do it would probably be a sign and trade with the Knicks, but I don’t think they’d want Gibson’s last two years on their books before 2015 where they think they have a shot at Love or Westbrook I’m not saying the Bulls shouldn’t do it, but it’s way more complicated than you make it out to be.

      • irvfin3 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Pudgalvin They’d be stupid to get rid of Gibson to get Melo. That means that Melo would be playing the 4. Why do that when Gibson would be another complementary defensive player for Melo and allow Melo to play his natural position at the 3? Melo is my favorite player but it wouldn’t kill him to take a pay cut for a better chance to win like LeBron Wade and Bosh did.

      • pudgalvin - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        irfin, I addressed this in another post, but a couple things wrong there. Of course Gibson would be a complimentary piece and allow Melo to play the 3. But he’s going to make 9 million next season and the Bulls can’t get enough cap room to get in Melo’s ball park with him on the roster. And two, this isn’t the same situation as Bosh, Lebron or Wade. All 3 of those players got the extra guaranteed year via either resigning (Wade) or sign and trades (Lebron and Bosh). In addition, all three players were under 30 with at least one (probably 2 or 3 for Lebron) more shot at a max deal. Their “paycuts” are far different that what Carmelo would be asked to do with the Bulls. Howard’s deal is closer, but he’s more than likely looking at one more max deal as well. Carmelo isn’t. He’d be 35 at the end of deal with the Bulls with an awful lot of mileage on his legs.

        Again, not saying I’m not all for Melo on the Bulls, but it’s a big, big longshot.

      • kitch10 - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Why all the talk about amnesty for Boozer? Despite his shortcomings, he’s been hands-down the most consistent scorer for Chicago, especially now that Deng and Rose are not playing for the Bulls. And that’s a mid-range/low block scorer in the half-court, where playoff games are decided. Joachim covers for his defensive shortcomings, and without him, I see no viable replacement for his type of scoring on a team that on occasion struggles to score. I keep wondering what a gift he would be to Miami at the veterans minimum….talking about “sending” another “Ray Allen” to Miami…?

      • pudgalvin - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Come on dude. Have you watched the Bulls lately? I think Boozer took an awful lot of unecessary heat for the way he’s played through his tenure with the Bulls, but that’s a stretch. I thought for the most part he did was he was supposed to do when he came here. BUT, he hasn’t been a back to the basket scorer for a while now, everyone knows he does nothing on defense (if Thibs can’t get anything out of him, no one is), and I don’t think he’s willing to be a 15 minute a night role player. The Bulls offense has finally been average lately, and most of it has been happening with him on the bench.

      • kitch10 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        Pudgalvin. Boozer IS IN FACT the Bulls leading scorer. He’s on the floor over 60% of time (29 out of 48 min). When you lose your top two scorers, that’s a bad time to start bad-mouthing who was your third, and now is your top scorer. And his scoring is still the steadiest on the resilient Bulls squad.

    • cruzan80 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      @ pudgalvan

      Sorry but your numbers are just flat out wrong sir.

      “To sign Anthony, the Bulls would have to amnesty Carlos Boozer. By removing Boozer’s $16.8 million from their cap figure, they’ll have roughly $15 million to offer Anthony next season. If the Bulls can trade away Mike Dunleavy and his $3 million salary, the Bulls could start Anthony’s deal at about $18 million.”

      That’s from the report on ESPN. Anthony is already on record saying that he will take less money to contend for a chip. We just saw Lebron, Bosh, Wade & Howard do this within the last 5 years & Melo makes more money in endorsements & NBA contract than both Bosh & Howard.

      If your saying that you believe Melo is flat out lying & will just take the biggest offer he gets then I get what you’re saying. But if you believe everything he’s said all year & look at the FACTS in regards the Bulls…the chance is not slim be any means….it’s actually the most logical.

      • pudgalvin - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Sorry, ESPN needs to find a better cap source. It’s not as simple as just subtracting Boozer’s salary from the total number. There are other factors. Not saying it’s impossible, but ESPN is wrong. This isn’t the only source. Sam Smith and Nick Friedel’s numbers match this, not what ESPN said.

        Also, Howard is really the only one that left a significant (relatively speaking) amount of money on the table. Everyone else still got the guaranteed extra year of their deal; Bosh and Lebron with the sign and trade, Wade resigning. So 3 of those 4 aren’t apt comparisons. Those guys also weren’t 31 years old likely heading to their final max deal. I’m not saying Melo is lying, but I also believe that when it’s time to put pen to paper, he’s going to think long and hard about turning down at least 30 million dollars.

      • kinggw - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Anthony is on record as saying he would take less money…to help the Knicks win a championship. I don’t believe the Bulls, Suns or anyone else interested in his services would get a discount.

        He has a bigger contract and more endorsements than Bosh and Howard as a function of him playing in New York. If he goes to Chicago, he would lose endorsements as he’d become the second most important player in the 3rd largest tv market versus being the most important player in the biggest tv market. Melo would be a huge get for the Bulls. I just dont see him taking less money to play with Bulls, not knowing how Rose is going to return.

      • pudgalvin - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        You might want to check again brother.

        Don’t believe everything you read son!

    • irvfin3 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      Pudgalvin That makes it a tougher decision for Melo and Chicago. Basically what you’re saying is Chiacgo would have to make more moves to acquire Melo at a satisfactory price in Melo’s favor. Damn. Cap space in basketball creates pipe dreams and longshots lol

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      Nah, Melo needs to take a pay cut so they can keep Taj. Indiana is deeeeep and Miami is Miami. Im sure they can work out a deal down the road to compensate him. I think its only a 4 million dollar difference any way. They would need all hands on deck, because after winning the east they would have to face OKC, The Clippers, San Antonio or Houston and Taj’s defense would be needed.

  7. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Oh, it’s Chris Broussard? this is all fake. Sorry folks. Nothing to see here.

  8. chicagosports2014 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Fake or not, I just love the idea heheHA!

  9. kb2408 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    If he’s serious about having a chance to win a title he will consider Chicago. It is probably his best chance to win.

    • kb2408 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Frankly, I hope he does go to Chicago. Rose needs offensive help and playing for arguably the best coach in the league can only make Melo a better player…I hope.

      • iblack501 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        sorry about this i could not get to the other post about Noah. Hakeem Olajuwon had 2 quadruple games. the 1st 1 was voided due to scorekeeper error Hakeem came back the next game & did it again. have not seen/heard another 1 since.

  10. bknowledge - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Sign and Trade:
    Melo for Boozer, Taj and a first.
    Melo gets his Max, and Knicks gets Boozers expiring deal.
    Taj and Boozer make 23 mil combined. The Bulls could also take JR Smith and the salaries would still work.
    Maybe the Bulls will also take Bargnani, and give the Knicks a couple first rounders!!!

    • cruzan80 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Dumb trade for both parties….sorry.

      • maracineanu16 - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        a VERY DUMB trade

    • bjswoosh805 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Sure and maybe they could also throw in a wig with Boozer as a sweetner!!!

  11. bknowledge - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    So useless being a basketball fan in NYC….

  12. abchome - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Chris Broussard and his sources again?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      What’s wrong with Miss Cleo and Chris’ magic 8ball? Not a solid enough source for you?

  13. doctordunkenstein - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    When the heat recruit: that’s tampering!

    When other teams recruit: crickets

    • pudgalvin - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Yeah, look how much trouble the Heat got into for tampering. Crickets…

  14. csbanter - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Someone in the hierarchy of NBC sports talk really , I mean really like the Knicks. How many articles do we need about a team 15 games under 500 ? Maybe James Dolan bought this site.

    • cruzan80 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      The same reason there’s tons of articles about the Dallas Cowboys & New York Yankees…..readers. NBC isn’t a non-profit organization buddy. If they want people to read their stuff they need to write about the teams with the bigger fan base.

      Sorry but as crappy as the Knicks are….they still have more fans as the Thunder or Pacers. Do yourself a favor & get over it.

  15. 1forest1 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    I believe New York is going to step up their game for the remainder of the season. Their schedule seems pretty easy, and I am liking Stoudemire and J.R. in the starting lineup.

    If the bulls seriously pursue Melo then he will go, but if not I believe he will choose to stay with the Knicks

  16. fnc111 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    But Kobe flat out admitted to courting Melo to L.A. During All-Star break and he gets a free pass… I wonder why? The NBA will never allow the “small market” teams like Chicago, Phoenix, etc. to win titles.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Did you just say Chicago is a small market? That can’t win a title?

  17. dablakdrphil - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    As long as he doesn’t come to my Lakers, I’m a Carmelo fan but I don’t like him and Kobe being on the same team. Then we have to see how Nash will be coming back as well. I feel my 2nd Favorite Team the Chicago Bulls would be a much better fit for Melo, either way this will be an interesting 2014 FA Class

  18. antistratfordian - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Not a bad idea. I think Melo should go to Chicago, actually. It would be best for him, as long as Thibs is still there. I’m sure Jordan Brand wouldn’t mind that either.

  19. campcouch - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Yoink! Hey Knicks,now you know how other teams feel when you start your annual crusade to pilfer other team’s players. Unfortunately Chicagoans,LaLa (lol@LaLa) wears the pants in the Anthony household and she wants to stay in NY to spend his money,so he’s probably staying put.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      How you know what goes on in their household? You camp out on their couch?

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