The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Joakim Noah has been in Carmelo Anthony's ear since the All-Star break, and is trying to get the Knicks star to join the Chicago Bulls in free agency this summer. Anthony has a player option for this summer he has said he intends to exercise, making him an unrestricted free agent.
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.' ''
Sources said Noah has been in Anthony's ear as often as possible, and he has told other Bulls to push hard for Anthony this summer. But there is one condition: Backup big man Taj Gibson can't be sacrificed.
Two guys talking doesn't actually mean anything. Granted, it would be tampering if discovered, but unless someone recorded the conversations (which admittedly is something that's been going around lately), there's no way to prove it, if it is true. But Melo has been noticeably more coy about returning to the Knicks as the year has gone on.
He said earlier this year, it's open and shut, he's coming back. But since the Knicks went into the tank, with Melo missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, he's been more careful with his statements, emphasizing that he wants to win. And the addition of Phil Jackson was greeted with tempered optimism from Anthony, not overwhelming, effusive joy.
But the Bulls can't make a realistic offer for Anthony without first using the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer or trading him, and then trading Gibson on top of it. The odds of all this happening just don't make it very likely that Anthony joins Chicago. But this is yet another piece of hearsay to add to the pile that indicates Anthony is at least very curious about Chicago.