The Chicago Bulls Carmelo Anthony trade is dead. This Carmelo Anthony trade to the Chicago Bulls had been rumored because they could send the Denver Nuggets Joakim Noah as a huge piece of the puzzle. Well that’s not going to happen, because, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN, the Bulls aren’t willing to part with Noah under any deal. Noah is a big part of the future in Chicago, and apparently the Bulls front office isn’t willing to risk what they have been building up in order to make themselves a favored destination for Anthony in a trade.
Though there are literally dozens of Carmelo Anthony trade rumors out there, this revelation is a really big deal. Chicago could have easily been one of the destinations that Anthony would be fine with getting traded to, and might have been open to signing an extension with the Bulls in order to make it happen. The Bulls decided to remain loyal to one of their best players, though, and that could go a long way toward getting Noah to sign his own contract extension with Chicago. Noah is a free agent at the end of this upcoming season, as his rookie contract finally runs out.
Joakim Noah is one of the best role players in the NBA, and while he won’t be confused with a player who can lead a team to a championship, he is one of those energy players who makes everyone on the floor better. During the 2010 season, Noah average 10.7 points per game and 11 rebounds per game, and has become a really good center for the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls got really lucky when Noah slipped to them in the NBA Draft after having a lot of success at the University of Florida, and he has far exceeded expectations placed upon him coming out of college. Now he is about to cash in with a huge contract extension.
The leader of the Bulls right now is point guard Derrick Rose, and with the addition of power forward Carlos Boozer this past offseason, the roster is looking even stronger. The core of Rose and Noah will help lead this team for quite a while, and this is a team that might only be one or two more role players away from contending for an NBC championship. Rose is getting better every day, and he could end up leading this Bulls team far into the 2011 postseason without even adding anyone else. Don’t forget that Chicago also added three-point specialist Kyle Korver to spread the floor, making this one of the teams to watch in 2010-11.