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Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson help pitch Carmelo Anthony in Chicago; ’Melo tour now on to Texas

Jul 1, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Anthony slam dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward George in second half NBA game in New York Reuters

So that whole “Derrick Rose doesn’t recruit” thing… not so much.

Taj Gibson, Rose and Joakim Noahwho has been recruiting ‘Melo all along — as well as coach Tom Thibodeau were part of the pitch the Chicago Bulls made to Carmelo Anthony Tuesday, asking him come join them next season, reports Aggrey Sam at

After the meeting Anthony hopped on a plane to Texas where he will meet with both the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.

Dirk Nowitzki is expected to be part of the Mavericks pitch, both Dwight Howard and James Harden for the Rockets.

Thursday Anthony is scheduled to meet with the Lakers in Los Angeles.

The Bulls had the signs outside the United Center ready and inside you can be sure the Allen Parsons Project was playing. The Bulls tried to sell Anthony on Chicago, the history and Bulls experience.

Chicago and New York are considered the frontrunners for Anthony — the Knicks because they can offer the most money, it is a city he loves, and they added Phil Jackson to turn things around; the Bulls because if Anthony is willing to take less to win now the team is ready made for him and in the easier Eastern Conference.

Both Houston and Dallas have good teams but need to convince Anthony that he both wants to live there and they are contenders in a deep West. The Lakers are considered a long shot, selling the market, the brand and Kobe Bryant.

No other teams have meetings scheduled (although a few would like to get their foot in the door).

Anthony has said he wants to make his decision next week.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    If I may I’m going to make a brief point in defence of the double standard Melo is about to encounter. If Melo stays, people will say it’s because he cares more about money than winning. If Melo leaves it’ll be because he’s selfish and doesn’t care about team loyalty to NY. There’s going to be an argument against Melo either way because for some reason people love to hate the one superstar who is consistently humble and says the right things publicly. I think Melo will stay in NY – if he does can we agree at least part of it is loyalty and not just the money (I acknowledge that is a big factor though – as it should be). Full disclosure though, I’m a Melo fan plain and simple and I think he would look awesome in Chicago!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      Sure, other than getting picked up for marijuana possession and arrested for driving under the influence, he’s been consistently humble and says all the right things publicly.

      • saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:35 PM

        That’s a very negative view to have on someone. Do yourself a favour and look up the significant charitable donations Carmelo has given over the years. What you have to understand is that some players, like Melo, come from a cultural background like Baltimore where drugs and bad influences are prevalent. The fact that he could OVERCOME that and then become the man that he is, that’s more worthy of praise and respect that vitriolic rhetoric.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Is this LaLa?

    • chicitybulls - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      “for some reason people love to hate the one superstar who is consistently humble and says the right things publicly.”

      You can say that again. It’s just the mean nature of people in general. They dont like to see something or someone that consistantly considered “good”. That’s why we wont get anywhere as a civilization….or at least the reason our progress is stunted.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        I mean take Rose. He was and is considered one of the most humble players in the league and people started not liking him because why exactly? He got injured and didn’t feel like he was right to come back? THAT’S a reason not to like a guy and talk ish about him? Really? Those people really need to reevaluate some things.

      • saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Thanks for the support and I agree. People have very misguided ideas about Carmelo, basically they don’t like him because he scores so much but produces so few highlights (posters etc.) along the way. Melo in interviews is always positive, upbeat, a good teammate and a good person and people should respect him more for that

      • chitownmatt - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        I think we have done pretty good as a civilization. We’re not perfect, but we’ve certainly done better than just about every sci-fi novel written 100 years ago ever predicted. Hurray for us!
        Anyway, just like LBJ a few years ago, Chicago is again the place to be if he wants to compete for a ring. But, as Melo has already mentioned, there are other things to consider, money, family, Chicago in February…
        People will make judgements and criticize him, but every one of those people would love to be In Melo’s shoes.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I think we’ve done ok as a civilization but I definitely think we could have done a lot better. Imagine if WWI, WWII, Vietnam and all of the other conflicts/wars hadn’t taken place. I believe space exploration would be much further along, cures for diseases would be available, travel would be further along (hover vehicles), better fuels and probably the limited if not completely unneeded use of fossil fuels. I know it sounds corny and may be something you’d see on your company’s HR office wall but I’m a big believer in TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). It’s absolutely true and undeniable.

      • ghelton03 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        Rose is not humble. He is a selfish, self-centered, useless waste of skin, who will do nothing to support his team or teammates unless it makes him feel better about of himself. What has Rose ever sacrificed to help his team? NOTHING! He will not do anything, unless it is in the best interest of himself. He has to be one of the most selfish athletes in the history of sports.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Well said. As a LeBron fan, plain and simple, I hear you.

      I dig Melo and he would look good in Chicago. If Rose can stay healthy and be 80% of what he was before the injuries, they’ll be a very tough team to beat. They’ll have offense to go along with that staunch defense.

    • cruzan80 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      @ Saint1997

      Well said sir….well said.

    • enigma2742 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM


      • saint1997 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        I’m glad you capitalised your comment, it added to the credibility of your point wonderfully. Do you want to prove some instances in which Melo hasn’t been humble? At the very least he is relatively humble, meaning he has a much smaller ego (I’m speaking about the man he is now, not when he came into the league) than the rest of the league at this point

    • ghelton03 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      Where Melo plays is important, because it is important to his family and she will have a say in this decision. Winning is important to Melo. Money is important to Melo’s family. Those are the things that are going to go into the Melo family decision.

      • saint1997 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        That’s a fair point to make, of course money will play a role. As it should – it is his life and his choice. My only point is that money isn’t the sole deciding factor if he stays in NY and people shouldn’t blame him as if it is.

  2. alshonsmeathooks - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    If Melo leaves it’ll be because he’s selfish and doesn’t care about team loyalty to NY


    I think you mean, if Melo leaves again after forcing his way out of Denver, it’ll be because he’s selfish and doesn’t care about team loyalty to anyone

    • kinggw - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      I hope Kevin Love receives the same amount of misplaced vitriol as Anthony, but I doubt he will.

  3. rohlo - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    honestly bulls would be a good fit,but this will be his last bigtime sure the fact houston is a good team with 2 stars already and the fact texas has no state income teax and will save melo alot of money versus illinois state taxes will be a factor as well!

  4. papichulo55 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    If DRose cannot show any enthusiasm, public or private, then Melo should take the hint.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      It’s not because he doesn’t care – he just has aspergers.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      How should Rose privately show enthusiasm to sooth your worries? Just curious.

      And I don’t think anybody has said that Rose *doesn’t want* Melo in Chicago. I read that he would rather have Love and most people would agree that he’s a better fit. You keep taking innocent things and molding them to fit your narrative though. DRose = the bad guy.

  5. hwatt - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    carlos boozer wasn’t invited???? oh noes!!!

    • shorttracknews - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      Boozer was invited, he hung the banners and left

  6. sportsfan18 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    D Rose stepped out to use the bathroom when it was time to wish Melo to their team…

    Knee was stiff and he had to get up and walk it out…

    Oh, when he came back he said “so Kevin, how ya doin’?”

    Thibs and Taj elbowed D Rose in the side and he said “my bad, I thought we was callin’ K Love… Whose Melo?”

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      You should seriously consider giving up on the internet for a while after that “joke”.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        I gave you a thumbs up…

  7. jasper36 - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    He still has to accept 7 million less than his market value. To play in Chicago. Houston can offer more so that is a real option. But Chicago gives him a chance in a weaker East. All in all he has all of the power to do what he feels is best for him.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Houston is probably not a real option. I don’t think Melo would go there for any amount of money. It’s Houston.

      • xli2006 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        You ever been to Chicago in the winter?

        One bad lake effect winter like this last one will make Houston seem like paradise.

        Howard and Harden with money for more changes is maybe more attractive than Noah and a wait-and-see Rose. The question is what would Chicago have to part with to make Melo happen. Boozer, Butler, Gibson? DJ probably upped his value as well.

        Chicago is by no means a lock here. Houston and even Dallas could be very much in play.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Chicago is at least more like where he’s from – what he’s used to. I just don’t see a dude from New York/East coast being that excited about Texas.

        It made more sense for Dwight and Harden since Howard is from the South and Harden from SoCal. But Melo is from the Northeast megalopolis.

        And I didn’t say Chicago is a lock. I think NYC has the upper hand.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        xli, you make it seem like he’s going to be waiting on the bus on Madison or the Lake St. L or something.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Bulls are no better than the Knicks. No reason to uproot everything and leave all that money on the table.

      • parasolmonster - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        “Bulls are no better than the Knicks”

        I… think you may not have a clue about what you’re saying.

  8. cantonbound13 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Did Rose tell Melo how he’d rather play with Kevin Love?

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM


      he called him K Love on the phone the other day when Thibs, Taj and him called him up…

      Then, during his private workout for Melo, he was wearing a #7 bulls jersey with “LOVE” on the back…

      Rose fell down twice during the private workout (intentionally, just trying to scare Melo off).

  9. newyorkball82 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:02 PM


    So that is why he is not humble?? I think that would be more along the lines of his personal life. But Lebron is humble? You really are blind to everything that is Lebron. This is sports. Do you follow him around everywhere to know everything he does in his life? You are afraid that he will go somewhere and uproot the heat from being champions. Miami is done. They can do whatever they want but their time is up.

  10. JT - Jul 1, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    A Melo/Parson sign in trade could be a good chip for the Knicks.
    Bulls probably his best bet.. rockets and Mavs right behind
    Knicks and the Lakers in the third tier IMO

  11. charlescub80 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Bulls are no better than the Knicks? Now I know you are a clown! Beep Beep! Honk Honk!

  12. ghelton03 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    If I were Melo, I would avoid Rose like the plague.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      And if I were Rose, the Bulls or ANY NBA team I’d avoid Melo like the plague…

      The Knicks can keep Carmelo “I won’t ever win a title as the #1 option” Anthony…

  13. djjeremiahj - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    Melo and the Bulls agree: “We need Taj Gibson to be competitive.”
    Unless Taj is traded, the Bulls can only offer $16M…..
    Does Melo accept $6M (per year) less and only 4 years?
    Is Taj, Rose’s health, and the hope of a championship worth $30M?
    – I doubt it.

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