NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony spent the afternoon being courted by the Chicago Bulls. This is Melo’s first time in free agency, so all of the wining and dining is new to him. The Bulls basically took him on a date. Showed him the United Center, the practice facility. Then gave him a peek at Derrick Rose before taking him to dinner. Check out the details.
The Bulls pitch reportedly centered on how quickly a core of Anthony, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson – with Tom Thibodeau coaching – could take over the Eastern Conference.
Derrick Rose has previously said he wouldn’t help to recruit Carmelo, but Rose reportedly worked out with Melo to show him he’s healthy.
Next was dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago. Melo was joined by Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Tom Thibodeau, Jerry Reinsdorf, Gar Forman and Scottie Pippen. Teammates, coach, the owner, an Executive and a legacy to the Jordan era.
But is it enough to get Melo to sign on?
Up next on the Melo free agency tour, Houston tonight. He’ll meet with both the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, and then head to LA to hear the Lakers pitch on Thursday.