Derrick Rose worked out for Carmelo Anthony during visit

Despite a historical reluctance to help recruit free agents to Chicago, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was in attendance for the team’s meeting with Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday (ESPN, July 2).

Rose reportedly performed a private workout for Anthony to showcase his health and ability to perform at a high level (Basketball Insiders, June 2).

Anthony was greeted at the United Center with a picture of himself in a Bulls uniform wearing his No. 7 while the marquee in front of the stadium showed him in a Bulls uniform with the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Along with Rose, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson also made appearances for the team. Later in the visit, Anthony was joined by Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, general manager Gar Forman and executive VP John Paxson.

While the Knicks can offer Anthony a max contract of $129 million over five years, and some teams can offer him a max of $96 million over four years, the forward would have to take less than either of those offers to sign with the Bulls.




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Ready to take a back seat Derrick???

chudogz1
chudogz1

Bulls are desperate if the had Rose do a private workout... And they are pitching a big 4, with Taj Gibson as one of the big 4's.... That's comedy!

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Time to take a fresh look at the value of cap space in 2015 as Jody Meeks gets $20 million and Avery Bradley gets $32 million. Free agents are no bargain. They never have been. They go to the highest bidder and usually get more than they are worth. The only real values are true max players and players on rookie contracts. 

lobcity1
lobcity1

Im happy Miami are deciding to come back bc their run is over. Hearing Bosh will not take 11 but willing to do 16Mill. With that amount they won't be able to sign anyone and the Heat will wear down again.

I have a strong feeling that Pat will trade one of the big 3 after making them take less. They won't have the same success in the playoffs like they had in the past.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Phil you're on the clock, bring in a Big Fish to catch Melo's attention 

or knowing Phil he'll make a deal right before the final New York Pitch...At meeting he'll say "ok you want The Max "

oh hold on gets on phone

then turns to Melo and say 

i just moved STAT contract pick who you wanna sign we get him before you leave meeting 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

So $44 million over 5 years isn't going to get Stephenson signed in Indiana. I'm not sure he is going to see much more than that. While he had a outstanding year, his team finished the season in turmoil. His antics in the playoffs are going to have teams adopt a "No Lance" stance. He was also accused of padding his stats by stealing rebounds from teammates. He is the ultimate boom or bust free agent.

cole3244
cole3244

the diva is in his glory meeting with all the suitors who want his services, but ny is the only place he wants to be since that's where the money is and the place where he is the man and the believers still think he is the mvp, if he should leave i hope the believers go with him. 

iso forever positive patsy's team is not a word the fools speak or even understand.

barnaby87
barnaby87

I know i'm being impatient, but is anyone else getting a little antsy with potential trades?  I feel like Phil will make a splash at some point, I just want to know what that splash will be.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

July is the month where NBA free agents scream, "SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

Melo has 129 million reason to stay in NY. Money talks and BS walks.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

So..Lance didn't want 9 mil per over 5?  Hope the bulls chase him and offer him 11, 12...def be out of the running for Melo.

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

Phil has his finger on the trigger of another major move. I think he sits and waits for the tour to end and right before the last sit down with the Knicks he pulls the trigger to deflate the air of all of those other meetings. Roster changes, plus more money than anyone else can offer (max or not), plus Melo and family wanting to be here equals done deal Melo stays. Better yet they control the narrative with a better roster because it wouldn't just be about the money. Check mate.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

A source close to Anthony maintains that he is reluctant to spend another year rebuilding, especially after the Knicks won just 37 games last season. It was first time Anthony failed to make the playoffs. Knicks president Phil Jackson is making attempts to upgrade the roster, and the addition of point guard Jose Calderon was a step in the right direction. There is also a long-shot possibility of Jackson signing Pau Gasol, assuming the veteran is willing to take a $15 million pay cut. New York Daily News -


The "source" voices in Isolas head.


According to a source, Anthony wants both players to stay even if it means that Anthony will have to sign for significantly less than the maximum the Knicks can offer, $129 million over five years. Coincidentally, the Knicks essentially gutted their roster to acquire Anthony from the Denver Nuggets in February of 2011, and Anthony realizes that he would have to make financial sacrifices if he wants to pursue a title with the Bulls. New York Daily News -

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Rockets stars Dwight Howard and James Harden are going to attend the Rockets’ meeting with Anthony, sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein. Howard, according to sources, is eager to pitch Anthony on the Rockets. Sources say Howard was trying to track down Anthony’s cell phone number to contact him directly to make a pitch over the phone. It is unclear if the two connected, but Howard is believed to be enamored with the idea of playing alongside Anthony. “He really wants to sell him on Houston,” a source with knowledge of Howard’s thinking said. “He wants Carmelo there badly.” ESPN.com



LOL...He don't even have Melos cell #?  LOL....Melo don't hang with cornballs...

theking
theking

@lobcity  no one is trading for wade and what could they get back for bosh? trade LeBron? to who clippers?? griffin wade and bosh?

Rebecca Rini
Rebecca Rini

@KnickelusKnickleby its gonna be gasol in a sign and trade with stat/shump since LA likes shump and has loads of cap space. amare could be  a beast in LA in a contract year or just a expiring contract

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB 

You are reaching today. Hopefully it's not a serious case of denial and just a counterbalance to the positive meeting Melo had in the Windy City.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic  Avery Bradley just got 8 mil over 4..Stephenson is going to look to get more than that...although I believe the pacers offer was fair for him....market is being set high! lol.

lobcity1
lobcity1

I know I have to be patient but I'm going crazy to. I want to see a splash already also. Lol

lobcity1
lobcity1

There will be a market for Bosh especially after taking less. Bosh at 16 Mill is reasonable. That's who I think will get traded btw.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@MeloStat301 @Knicks_Fanatic 

Bradley had a sneaky good season. He shot 44-40-80 and 14.9 ppg. Plus, he is a excellent defender. Lance was 49-35-71 and 14.1 ppg. Someone will take a chance on Lance and make a nice offer.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB @Knicks_Fanatic 

The 5th year is really huge. Melo will be 34 and could be payed over $29 million by the Knicks. No other team can offer him a 5th year. When Melo is at that stage in his career, no one is going to pay him anything close to $29 million. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@BiggieTKB @MeloStat301  You know they aren't amnestying boozer.  They'll have to move that contract.

theking
theking

@lobcity  I don't see teams giving up much to get bosh ... w.e they get wont be enough to satisfy LeBron unless pat can pull a rabbit out  his hat

chudogz1
chudogz1

@BiggieTKB. Happy Wife, happy Life... #facts

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@BiggieTKB 

Reaching is the part where she is longing for another child so Kiyan isn't growing up alone. Her son is already 7 years old. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony could have addressed years ago.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Knicks_Fanatic @MeloStat301  Yes but if lance had played in Celtics he would have 20 ppg..his numbers would go up, he'd be the best player on the team besides rondo.  On the pacers he was the third option sometimes 4th...cant just look at the numbers that way.  Somebody on a bad team has to put up points...8 mil per is too much for Bradley...but I agree lance will get a good offer.

1harris1
1harris1

LMAO!

L.A.? We can talk about. Chicago? no way.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Well I think the goal will be to just get rid of Bosh contract and add better players. It might happen next season or as early as mid season depending on how well they perform. The smartest thing to do is to secure Bron first,,break up the team after , and just keep Bron. Built around him whether Bron likes it or not.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Knicks_Fanatic They are both busy and responsible people. It would have put pressure on the marriage having more than one child. That's why these folks who act like rabbits and have 2-4 kids in the sports and entertainment world wind up divorced. This couple makes smart decisions which means Melo is staying. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@MeloStat301 @Knicks_Fanatic 

Good team or bad team, hitting 40% of your threes is nothing to sneeze at in the NBA today. Bradley could be a very valuable 3 and D guy on a strong team. Lance could be a first option on a bad team. Lance is going to be hurt by his antics when it comes to a new contract.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@knicksgirl35 @Knicks_Fanatic 

So you are implying that it would irresponsible and not smart for Melo to sign with another team. That's where it gets to be a reach. 

BTW, a friend on mine's daughter had rabbits. He says that rabbits have a well deserved reproductive reputation.

theking
theking

@Knicks_Fanatic  yup. lance to me is overrated and he is a head case ... he never seen that amount of money before I don't see how that's not enough

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

That's why he's working out now (@Manhattan Jasper 's gym)

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Knicks_Fanatic  LOL They have roots here and shifting little Kiyan from place to place is not good. Kids need stability. Also it's just plain smart to stay with Phil.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@theking @Knicks_Fanatic 

Usually it is the player's agent that sets a figure. Players really don't have the grasp of the market and pay their agents to get the best contract possible.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@Knicks_Fanatic He was a baby then. Babies adapt easily. It gets harder as they get older.