Carmelo Anthony will likely become a free agent in July. If he doesn’t elect to re-sign with the New York Knicks, there’s league-wide speculation that he could windup on the Chicago Bulls.
And according to The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson, the speculation that the Bulls have significant interest in Anthony is very real.
It’s well-known in league circles that coach Tom Thibodeau would love to add Anthony. They share an agency. And Thibodeau agreed with a suggestion that Anthony’s reputation as a selfish ball-stopper is overstated.
And while it’s somewhat a longshot that Anthony would even end up in Chicago — mostly because it would take either Anthony signing for less money, or the Bulls trading away some of their young, promising pieces such as Taj Gibson — there’s definitely interest from both sides. Certainly from Chicago.
But Anthony has even gone out of his way to praise the Bulls’ coaching staff, comparing them to the San Antonio Spurs — which is essentially the highest praise a coach can receive.
“(The Bulls) have a great coach and system,” the seven-time All-Star said, per Johnson. “It’s like Gregg Popovich’s system. You can put anyone in the system and it’s going to work. Guys have been in and out of the lineup and they still get it done.”
Anthony’s tenure with the Knicks has been disappointing, to say the least. Perhaps it is time for a change, and maybe that change occurs with Anthony landing in Chicago. It does makes sense.
Then again, not everything that makes sense works out. It didn’t in New York.