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Reports: Joakim Noah has continued recruitment of Carmelo Anthony

May 5, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

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Ask any college coach in any sport — recruitment is almost never about one call, one visit. It’s about multiple texts and repeated calls, it’s kissing up to family and friends, and all sorts of ways big and small to show your interest in a particular player and why he/she fits the university, the team, etc.

Along those lines, Joakim Noah’s recruitment of Carmelo Anthony to come to the Bulls has not been just one conversation All-Star Weekend.

It has continued and still continues, a source told the Chicago Sun.

According to several sources, including a teammate, Noah’s All-Star Weekend “conversation’’ with New York Knicks standout Carmelo Anthony didn’t end in New Orleans. They had discussions via text the rest of the season, including the day after the Bulls were eliminated in the playoffs by the Washington Wizards.

“I was kidding Jo that they were boys now,’’ a source said in a phone interview Friday. “ ‘Well, get your boy to come to Chicago.’’’

‘Melo has said he wants the “full Dwight Howard treatment” in terms of being a recruited free agent, and certainly the full-court-press by Chandler Parsons on Howard impacted that decision. So Noah is on the right path.

But one other thing Noah has made clear through this is he doesn’t want to get Anthony at the expense of Taj Gibson, according to the report. If it is one of the other, Noah wants to keep his teammate.

Which means a steep pay cut for Anthony (down into the four years, $60 million range, maybe a little more depending on the moves).

There are conflicting reports about what Carmelo Anthony wants to do this summer, most likely because Carmelo Anthony doesn’t know what he wants to do this summer. How important is being in New York and leading the Knicks? Does he trust Phil Jackson to rebuild (and James Dolan to stay out of his way)? How important is winning (the Knicks can and should improve but the Bulls or Rockets are several big steps ahead)? How important is money? What is important to his family?

He has a lot of questions to figure out for himself. The Knicks retaining him remains the morning line favorite, but we have to see how the race plays out.

If you want to influence that decision, recruiting him now is a smart play.

  1. readysethike - May 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    to all the conspiracy theories. remember when Jerry West went to be a General manager for the Grizzlies, then not long after that he gifted the lakers with pau gasol. Could Phil have went to the Knicks to gift the lakers with Carmelo Anthony?

    • sumkat - May 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      They got Marc Gasol and 2 first round picks for Pau. Considering the Grizz were awful at that point, I don’t see that as a bad deal at all. Let along a gift

      • genericusername93 - May 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        They got a Marc Gasol that was widely considered an overweight bust at the time and the two first rounders were clearly going to be on of the last 2 or 4 picks in the first round so hardly a haul in return for a top-3 7-footer.

        Clearly Marc’s progression makes the trade look better in hindsight, but it was a fleecing at the time.

      • therealhtj - May 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Here go the know-nothings again giving Jerry West credit for Pau Gasol to the Lakers.

        Jerry West was not working for the Grizz at the time of the deal.

    • sumkat - May 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      They got Marc Gasol and 2 first round picks for Pau. Considering the Grizz were awful at that point, I don’t see that as a bad deal at all. Let alone a gift

      • readysethike - May 5, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        but Marc Gasol at that time was not near the player he is now, so it seemed like a one sided trade at the time

    • antistratfordian - May 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Is that a gift? More like a Trojan horse.

      • sportsfan18 - May 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        for once I agree with you antistratfordian…

      • therealhtj - May 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Melo at a discount, say 15-17mil, would be a gift. Melo at 23-25 mil, not so much.

    • sportsfan18 - May 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Gift the Lakers with Melo?

      That would be like giving them a fruit cake for X-mas.

      Melo is a volume shooter/scorer but worse than Kobe… Melo has a lower career true shooting percentage than Kobe and Melo doesn’t play D the way Kobe did for so long.

      Melo won’t win a title in his career and so “gifting” him to the Lakers would be like placing an anchor around their necks and dropping them off halfway to Hawaii in the ocean…

      And it would be tough for Melo to wear his sweaters and scarves he likes to wear while living in L.A. too…

      • genericusername93 - May 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        I was with you until the sweaters and scarves. When’s the last time you went to L.A.? They will wear scarves with effing t-shirts out there.

  2. fnc111 - May 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Come on Melo, come to Chicago so you can be a two seed and beaten down by the Heat in the playoffs.

    • therealhtj - May 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Maybe – Rose would have to stay healthy first.

  3. jzone954 - May 5, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    It’s gonna be Interesting to see how everything plays out, with rumors of the Lakers trying to talk to Thibs, that would
    Make the Melo situation a lot different.

  4. jattsoorma - May 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    if melo is truely about winning he will go to chicago.

    • sportsfan18 - May 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      If the Bulls are truly about winning, they won’t take Melo…

  5. saint1997 - May 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    NO Melo has not said he wants the full Dwight treatment, that was a ‘report from Carmelo’s camp’. Very different

  6. godelleb - May 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    I wouldn’t want to go to Chicago if Thibs was the coach and I understood how to play offense, like Carmelo does. It would be too frustrating to watch Thibs destroy my game for the sake of preserving his worst in the league offensive philosophies. He’s a guy who actually made the choice to start both Hinrich and Butler in all playoff games versus the Wizards, despite knowing after the first two games that the team would fall into a big hole if he did. Instead of realizing that the Bulls would not play well offensively with that starting group against the Wizards, he chose to believe that the Wizards success was due to lackluster defensive prowess. A coach like that, who only understands one side of the game, regardless of how well, may win a whole pile of games, but will never win a championship. If I was Melo I would also disregard the Knicks offers because I want to win a championship. They will take far too long to get to that echelon of play. I’d seriously consider Houston.

    • sportsfan18 - May 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Neither Harden nor Melo play defense…

      The offense for Houston was NOT the problem this season as they scored the 4th most points per 100 possessions in the league this season…

      Melo would hurt that as he’s inefficient and he scores a lot because he shoots a lot.

      Plus, Harden and Melo would be trying to steal the ball from each other to get more shots…

      Oh, did I mention their offense wasn’t the problem already? So adding MeMatador’s complete lack of defense to Harden’s, who thinks his contract doesn’t pay him to play D so he doesn’t, will improve them, you’re nuts…

      Baby Dwight would throw a tantrum down low on the block as with Harden and Melo, he’d never get the ball (except on Melo’s misses, if he wasn’t throwing a tantrum and missed the rebound).

  7. chiadam - May 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Paxson’s absurd commitment to his try-hard Bulls has infected his team. When the choice is Taj Gibson or Carmelo Anthony, you drive Taj to the airport or frame him for some sort of crime.

    • chicitybulls - May 5, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Why choose. The goal is to keep both and they need both to be a true championship contender.

      • Kevin S. - May 5, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Melo isn’t giving an $6 million/year discount to come to the Bulls, and even that would require them to amnesty Boozer and use their first round pick to give Mike Dunleavy away. Rose/Butler/Melo/Gibson/Noah with Snell, whoever they sign with the Room MLE and five minimum-salary scrubs off the bench? I wouldn’t give up $25 million over four years to sign up for that.

      • chicitybulls - May 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        It’s better than what they have in NY. He said he’ll take a discount to play for a contender and that lineup (despite what you think) is a contender. A big 3 of Rose, Noah and Melo is pretty darn good. And with Butler and Taj bring to the table both offensively and defensively, that’s a forece to be reckoned with. Having said that, if he doesn’t come then he doesn’t come. I’m ok with bringing Mirotic over and adding good pieces here and there to fill out the roster. Everything hinges on Rose’s health.

      • Kevin S. - May 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        LeBron, Bosh and Wade gave up $2 million/year, were able to use a sign-and-trade to get the full Bird raises, got six-year deals with a player option AND an ETO (giving them maximum security and flexibility) and didn’t have to worry about whether their owner would go into the luxury tax to provide supplementary pieces. Melo would be giving up three times as much initially, restricted to smaller raises, playing with a team with zero depth and one of his two co-superstars having missed the past two seasons with different injuries. Oh, and good luck on getting Jerry Reinsdorff to consistently pay the tax. Somehow I feel Melo’s definition of a discount isn’t as generous as yours is.

      • chicitybulls - May 6, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Jerry Reinsdorf will pay the luxury tax for a chance at a championship. The Bulls are the 3rd most profitable team in the league. He’s saving money on having a lower payroll with the White Sox so money isn’t really an issue. If the team has a realistic chance to win he’ll pay it. As far as Melo goes, I dont know how you know exactly how much they’ll have to offer him. They haven’t made any moves yet. But hey, maybe you’re in good with GarPax and know what their plan is. At the end of the day, it’s up to Melo to make a decision. Does he want the money and stay in NY with no real chance at winning for 2 years or does he want to take a discount for a real chance at a championship. Either way, the Bulls will be ok.

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