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Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 6:24 pm
Carmelo Anthony's representatives reportedly pursuing move to Chicago with Nets trade stalling. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Make.  It. Stop. 

Okay, now that our obligatory request to end the Carmelo Anthony debacle that even has us weary is through, we can move on. Yahoo! Sports today weaves the tangled web of a swing back towards Chicago in the Anthony talks. Yes, again. 

Nevertheless, William Wesley – Worldwide Wes – is expected to travel to Chicago for Bulls games on Thursday and Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers, a source said. Wesley unsuccessfully pushed LeBron Jamesnotes to sign with the Bulls as a free agent, and now has an interest in Anthony ending up there. Wesley represents Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for CAA.
via Anthony's agents courting Bulls - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

I'm going to go ahead and go out on a limb and predict this isn't going to work out well for Melo's men.  The Bulls aren't giving up Joakim Noah. They're not. There was discussion of it earlier this season, and the Bulls responded by locking up Noah with a big extension.  The Bulls have looked every bit like a team on the rise towards true contention, so blowing that nucleus up in order to bring in a poor defender with a high usage rate who wouldn't work well in their system doesn't seem like the kind of thing Chicago's interested in doing, no matter how tempting getting another star in Chicago may be. 

As for their offense, the biggest reason to push for this trade, it's not unfixable. Were the Bulls to ever be healthy again, they have pieces in place to compete offensively, and that's without any significant upgrades through free agency or picks in the years to come, both options which would be cheaper and provide more flexibility than Anthony would.  The offense isn't great for the Bulls, but their defense is so good, they're still in a position to compete. But the biggest reason not to do this trade rests with Rose. 

Derrick Rose is a superstar. Not a star.  A superstar. Hes' the next great Chicago athlete, and he'll have this team in contention every year he's healthy. What's more, he's from Chicago, and has given every indication that he has zero interest in every changing teams. Melo, on the other hand, is leaving a playoff team, again, a playoff team in search of greener endorsement pastures. Why would the Bulls want to take the spotlight away from Rose, which would happen should Melo relocate to the lake shore, in order to push it to someone who may just bolt again at the first sign of trouble?

The Bulls have every reason to be aggressive in pursuing upgrades to make them the best team they can be. There's no reason to sit back and hope the window stays open. But Melo's agents are pursuing an agenda that only helps Melo. And given that Chicago's management, after years of questionable decisions, has managed to start making the right ones, it's hard to see a reversal towards short-sighted greed in advance of this trade opportunity. 

Of course, with the Nets backing out, that could change this dramatically should Denver's price go down. And round and round the wheel keeps turning. 

Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 4:25 pm

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

Do Not get rid of Noah period. Unless you are talking Kobe. Do not trade Noah in any package for CA.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2011 11:50 pm

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

hafdolla23... I'm guessing that because your a cubs fan you are also a bulls fan. I think it is sad that you want to see your team blow up. The Bulls will contend if noa, boozer, and rose stay healthy, they will not contend if they have to trade noa, deng, and gibson for Melo. Please my fellow chicagoins, we didn't get LeBron but there is no reason we should destroy or nucleus to try to make up for that.  

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:32 am

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

Hey Ronnie, Did u ever played b-ball? Prolly not - You are telling me that Melo is a better defender than Deng OR that Deng is not a good defensive player at all?  How many Bulls games do you watch per year, How many this Year?  I watched almost EVERY Bulls game this Year. Why dont yoy solict opinions around the NBA GM's or NBA beat reporters like Sam Smith and get their take on Melo and Deng. Oh wait - let me 'ask'.  (excerpts from Ask Sam's Mailbag -

"Without Noah, the Bulls’ best defender is probably Deng and they still rank among the league’s best defensive teams"

"I don’t think Thibodeau agrees as Deng may be his MVP. He rarely ever takes him out of games and seems to rely on Deng more than anyone on the team."

...hmmm  Tom Thibs - he is a pretty good defensive minded coach and has keen 'eye' on knowing what players are good defensive players and who are not. Just watch his rotation, the defensive crunch time - check out who is on the floor and you will find everytime Deng is on the floor with his t-mates.

Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:38 am

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

ARE U KIDDING?  If the Bulls have chance to dump Noah to get Anthony....DO IT!  Our tandom of sucky guards is BAD.  Korver, Bogans, Watson and the other dude who really stinks are all averaging less then 6 points a game COMBINED.  If we can get Anthony along with Rose, Boozer on the floor....DO IT!!  We can challenge for the title this year!

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 3:09 am

Report: Melo Carousel twirls towards KNICKS!

Enough wit the nonsense. it is Knicks or NOTHING.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 3:07 am

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

Boozer is a true power forward.  

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:38 am

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

Some of you people are on crack. No matter which team Melo ends up going to, it will be an automatic upgrade for that team. If he decides on Chicago, just imagine seing Melo, Boozer, and Rose on the floor, WOW !!!!! Even the Spurs should consider Melo since Duncan is not getting any younger. Melo, Parker and Ginobli, that too would be awesome and this will sound crazy, but if the Lakers were to get Melo and gave up Bynum as Odom is playing awesome, Kobe, Pau, Melo, and Odom, that's a lot of rings to count.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 1:14 am

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

If the Nuggets want Noah or Gibson they can go talk to the Knicks for another round with them. Loul Deng I could bear to see leave the Bulls. He is a good player whose defense has skyrocketed with Tom at the helm, but his injury bug is my only concern. If he can prove to stay healthy, leave the team alone. Rose, Boozer, Noah, Deng, Gibson, Korver, Wilson. 7 players that mesh extremely well together. Sure we have only 3 true stars (I dare anyone to argue that a 20-10 man in Carlos Boozer, a career double double center, and MJ2 is anything different). I think we actually are better off the way we are now. So on second thought, no thanks Carmelo! I'll stick with the team thats #3 in the east behind arguably the best team in the NBA and the most flashy team in the league (Heat go down if one of their "Super 3" go down as being proven recently). Daaaa Bulllllllls

Since: Oct 11, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:51 am
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Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:09 am

Report: Melo Carousel twirls again towards Bulls

Hey Mello, we don't want your "NO D" playing a@s in Chicago. I'm one Bulls fan who doesn't want any part of Mello on this team! The Bulls  would be fullish to break up what they've got going! They're winning now even without Noah. It only gets better when he returns. Try another city Mello. I heard Iverson's team is looking for a replacement for him.

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