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).
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
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
Fool me Adrian Wojnarowski...
I'm not buying anything World Wide Wes is selling, of course, I'd love the Bulls to get Anthony, but they don't have a package that comes close to matching what the Nets can do.
However, the Nets have, reportedly, pulled out of the Carmelo Anthony talks. I'm not really buying it. If the Nuggets come back and say "hey wait, we want to get this done", they're going to pick up the phone again.
However, as the trade deadline gets closer, the Nuggets may become more and more desperate. Desperate enough to take Deng, taj and some picks? Probably not, but we'll see.