Mar 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after missing a shot against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at the United Center. Chicago defeats New York 109-90. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls coach would "love" to add Carmelo Anthony

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.



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  • tdh

    Small Forward Free Agents: 1) Lebron, 2) Melo, 3), Deng, 4) G. Hayward, 5) Z. Randolph. Reality is that Lebron is unlikely to leave when he is winning in MIA and seems happy. CHI just had a messy divorce with Deng and his agent during this season, so that is not likely to come back. Hayward is restricted and SAC can match any offer. Randolph makes $17M in MEM and seems happy enough to keep his player option and money and is in the playoffs and Melo makes $23M and is not 100% happy and missed the playoffs for the first time in his career. Melo is the most plausible of these FA options at SF to be obtained that is better than what we had with Deng. The other option would be to consider trades for SF (plausible with 2 first round picks, MIrotic, and all the bings obtained by trading Deng). The other flexible option is moving Butler back to the 3 and seeking a SG upgrade instead of SF.

  • Leroy Boyd

    Rumors and truth are everywhere when it comes to the Bulls getting that one player which would make them title winners several times. But that certain player has to make a decision that impacts his money. I find that Melo already knows without a doubt that if he joined the Bulls that he could impact the whole NBA.

    But is he willing to take less to keep the core players? Many NBA critics believe that Melo is about his money and stats. He has a great excuse with Phil being in NY he could easily stay with the real excuse that he believes Phil will bring that title to NY. But to win now Chicago and the entire NBA family believes that.

    So Melo has a big decision is it money or titles. Many already believe he would make more money off the court winning in chicago now rather than waiting for NY