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Reports conflict surrounding Derrick Rose’s involvement with recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Bulls

Jul 5, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose looks on from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago Reuters

Carmelo Anthony began his free agent tour in Chicago on Tuesday, and while Derrick Rose wasn’t a part of the formal presentation that was made, he did speak with Anthony that day at the United Center.

What wasn’t clear was Rose’s overall involvement in the Bulls’ free agent pitch.

Reports conflicted as to just how aware Rose was of the timing of Anthony’s visit — initially, Rose was supposedly “bothered” that he wasn’t officially a part of it, and was simply going through a routine workout, unaware of what time Anthony would be stopping by.

Honestly, that seems somewhat preposterous on the surface. The team’s best player who works out at the arena daily would obviously have an idea that something like an in-person free agent pitch to Anthony would be going down, and even if he wasn’t going to be sitting in on that meeting, it would of course make sense that he’d carve out some time to speak to the fellow All-Star who was considering playing alongside him.

From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

After two seasons dominated by knee injuries, Rose found himself back in the news Friday. reported that the front office hadn’t asked Rose to attend Tuesday’s free-agent pitch to Anthony and that a surprised Rose stopped his workout to briefly say hello when he saw Anthony touring the United Center.

In fact, sources said Bulls officials requested weeks ago for Rose to participate in the pitch should they get an audience with Anthony once free agency began. When official contact was allowed late Monday and details of Anthony’s Chicago visit were finalized, sources said they were communicated to Rose.

The Tribune reported in Wednesday’s editions that Rose came to the United Center for a previously scheduled workout and rehabilitation session, talked to Anthony for roughly 20 minutes inside the locker room and did not attend a dinner held for Anthony.

That falls right in line with Rose continually stating that he wasn’t interested in recruiting free agents, but common sense dictates that, at the very least, a conversation would need to be had when someone of Anthony’s magnitude is thinking about signing a long-term deal in Chicago.

  1. davidly - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Clearly Vini Del Negro’s fault.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      nope… idiots ABOVE Vinny had to HIRE Vinny… tis their fault…

  2. dabears341 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Who cares, media digging for useless crap…

  3. sportsnut101 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Who cares Melo not leaving 60 mil on table
    N knicks not doing sign n trade

  4. sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    D Rose was wearing his #7 Bulls jersey with the name “LOVE” on the back during his workout…

    The team made him put on a warm up jacket when speaking with Mewo…

    Didn’t wanna hurt his wittle feelwings…

    D Rose had Tina Turner’s “What’s LOVE Got To Do With It” playing during his workout…

    After Kevin Love doesn’t sign with whoever the Wolves trade him to, he’ll sign next summer with the Bulls…

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      After the “It’s all about me tour even though I’m not leaving NYC” was over in Chicago, K Love sent D Rose a text asking how it went…

      D Rose said it was all good, he ain’t comin’ here…

    • 2016olympics - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      “Love remained a drug that’s the high and not the pill.” – Kiss from a Rose – Seal

      • milimpilim - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Wow. How’d you dig that one up?

    • cruzan80 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      “After Kevin Love doesn’t sign with whoever the Wolves trade him to, he’ll sign next summer with the Bulls…”

      That would be perfect. One OVERRATED player deserves another.

      Hopefully Love can bring all his playoff success to the Bulls.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      You took over KB as the worst poster on PBT.

      Welcome to the in-crowd KB.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        wow denver…

        are you in the 4th grade?

        in crowd,

        this is ONLY entertainment. do you think I believe everything I write?

        for the most part, generally, I only have two kinds of posts…

        real ones with facts, stats

        and posts where I’m trying too hard to be cute so I make sure the least common denominator on here gets my point (not always easy either)…

        that’s it… real posts with facts and stats and then one’s where I’m over the TOP and they’re easy to spot…

        for most people that is…

  5. 2016olympics - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    This should be a non-story. Stop using your echo-chamber of rumors to drum up controversy. We all know that Derrick is an easy target, but y’all don’t have to celebrate it so much.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      uh, I’m a long time Bulls fan who was born and raised outside the city…

      I just don’t want Melo there is all… cause he’s never going to win a title

      • spliff219 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        your are 100% correct. Melo is a selfish me-first player. Thats not the bulls style. Rose-Noah-Taj-Jimmy all un selfish guys. I would love them to add K Love but no thanks on melo

  6. spyder9669 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    When my job brings somebody in for a look see…I don’t necessarily feel the need to gush over them. If anything, i’m considering them somebody who could have interest in my job.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      well spidey…

      that is a glass half empty way to look at it…

      I look at like the company is bringing in more talent to make us better so I may keep getting a paycheck and a bigger raise due to the company performing better…

      but, it IS important to get rid of the dead weight…

  7. clownsfan - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Who cares? He’s not leavin NYC.

  8. cant0nbound13 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    And another pointless story about the Most Vulnerable Player

  9. groanassman - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    He did the same thing in 2010 when Chicago was recruiting Lebron

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    A non-issue. He was never leaving here to begin with. Been saying it all along. Now you see.

  11. fnc111 - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Rose is a thief. Steals money. Won’t help persuade players here.

    • edbrowndesign - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      At least he’s a thief that’s not gonna waste his time kissing the but of a guy who didn’t have intentions of coming anyway. I’m not a Rose fan but I will commend him for not taking part in that BS but kissing game.

  12. charlutes - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    News Alert: No one but the media cares about who recruited who and how. Except maybe Jeremy Lin. But Jeremy Lin should shine shoes every morning to try to make up for his absurd contract, so who cares what he thinks? Let us know when someone signs.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM


      Uh, it was a team executive who GAVE Lin his contract.

      WHY are you blaming a player for signing a GUARANTEED contract worth millions when the TEAM places it before him to sign?

      You’d sign it. You’d tell your sons to sign it.

      I think you mean the team executive who put that contract in front of him should shine shoes…

      What player wouldn’t sign it? (except for Latrell Sprewell)

  13. charlutes - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Carmelo’s fake, “I’ll leave if you don’t improve the team” recruitment tour is such a joke. This guy is leaving tens of millions on the table? Pass me whatever you’re smoking.

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



      spot on!

      course, I heard the name of the tour was the following:

      “It’s the all about me tour even though I’m not leaving”

  14. montrealknowledge - Jul 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    True… All speculation about something nobody cares about. The inner workings of NBA front offices MIGHT be interesting, but there are no facts here, so who bloody hell cares.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      uh. LOTS of people care and have interest…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        dude said “nobody” cares…

        that is not true… just takes one person and nobody becomes incorrect…

        lots of folks in Chicago and elsewhere care about this…

        real Bulls fans don’t want Melo… this is important…

      • philtration - Jul 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        “real Bulls fans don’t want Melo”?

        Ahhhh…. no.
        Real Bulls fans know that a blind folder Melo is a better option that Carlos Boozer.

  15. thegoodfight12 - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Regardless of all this he said she said Rose talk, I think the Bulls are in a great position. If Carmelo wants to play for a title then he’ll go to Chicago or Houston (not saying it’d be a lock but those are his best chances), If he wants to be seen, make more money, and please his wife then he’ll stay in NY. Therefor, if he doesn’t sign, the Bulls dodge signing someone who is in it for the cash and Melo gets paid and gets to be the 1,678th most popular celebrity in New York. Everybody wins!!

  16. lakerade - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    If Melo wasn’t already in New York last year I don’t think Phil would be pushing for him as hard as he has to now.

  17. pooskay - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Why is this a story? Internet reporting at its worst.

  18. rushbacker - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Non-story. La La has already made up Melo’s mind for him.

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