Melo's agents reaching out to the bulls + Prokhorov OK to speak with Carmelo!
As this continues on, I will continue to bring the latest to you guys. So here it is. Sources say that Melo has become very unhappy (Agent trying to force Nets?) and his agent is now reaching out to the bulls.
As trade discussions with the New Jersey Nets stall, the representatives for Carmelo Anthony(notes) are engaging the Chicago Bulls with hopes of pushing them into becoming a serious bidder for the Denver Nuggets star, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
Anthony has long been enthusiastic about a possible trade to the Bulls, but Denver and Chicago officials had been previously unable to come to terms on a deal. Bulls executives John Paxson and Gar Forman have investigated the possibility of acquiring Anthony, but thus far haven’t been willing to include the one player the Nuggets most covet: center Joakim Noah(notes).
Anthony’s agents are under pressure to make a deal happen for the All-Star forward, who sources said has become an increasingly unhappy client. The Nuggets need to agree on a package with a team in which Anthony’s willing to sign a contract extension. Talks with New Jersey and Anthony’s preferred choice, the New York Knicks, have dragged on since Anthony asked for a trade in August.
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 James(notes) 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.
Despite that Leon Rose is certified as the agent of record for Anthony, everyone in the NBA knows Wesley is responsible for delivering the Nuggets star to CAA and is hands-on when trying to push teams into deals for the agency’s clients.
Chicago has wanted the Nuggets to take forward Luol Deng(notes) as a cornerstone to the deal, but Denver hasn’t been interested in absorbing the three years and $40 million left on his contract after this season. The Nuggets want an array of young players and picks the Bulls will have a difficult time providing. Still, Chicago badly needs another scoring option and Anthony is one of the NBA’s elite offensive players.
Noah is recuperating from wrist surgery and is targeting a late February return. Thibodeau is an immense believer in Noah and values his defensive and rebounding presence in the middle. He’s also considered him an underrated offensive player. The Bulls signed Noah to a five-year, $60 million contract extension in the preseason.
Meanwhile, the Nets are still trying to make a deal for Anthony, but sources said team officials have no idea whether he will ever commit to a contract extension with them. New Jersey is still talking with the Nuggets about a three-team deal also involving the Detroit Pistons, and has tried to arrange a meeting between owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Anthony.
The key components of the deal would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups(notes) and Richard Hamilton(notes) to the Nets, and Devin Harris(notes), Derrick Favors(notes), Anthony Morrow(notes) and draft picks to Denver. The Nuggets are trying to include Renaldo Balkman(notes) in the deal – and bring back rookie Damion James(notes) – but the Nets are still resisting exchanging those players, sources said.
Another twist awaits my friends!!! As this was posted basically saying Prokhorov has the OK to meet with Carmelo Anthony.
They aren't getting Noah no matter what. Deng probably, but no way they're getting Noah. After all of Melo's talk about NY, his agent is supposedly pursuing Chicago?
Yeah what I got from it is that Melo said early on he wanted to play for one of Chicago or NYK. And his agents' pursue of this Nets trade has made him unhappy. So now his agent is reaching out to the bulls to try and get back on Melo's good side.
Wow this is getting annoying. It's starting to make 'the decision' look good
Melos agent sounds like a retard. Maybe melo should have pulled a bron/bosh.
IMO he should play out his contract like they did and sign as a free agent, why should Denver get all these players in return? Now look at the situation it's a mess. He should have just kept his mouth shut. It's not like poor Denver are left with nothing like some ppl are crying, he fulfilled his obligations and that's it...
This is f*cking ridiculous at this point. I don't care where he goes. I wish they would stop reporting the rumors. Nobody knows what you can and cannot believe anymore, and besides that, most people don't give a sh!t anymore.
NY really should leap in. Aside from STAT, whoever it takes should be on the table. The fact that Anthony is having his people try and make a deal with Chi would make me nervous about the prospects of signing him in the offseason, and as they are now they can make the playoffs for the next 4 or 5 years but aren't going past the second round.