Dec 11, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) fouls New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) in the second half of NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Joakim Noah Recruiting Carmelo Anthony To The Bulls

Rumors surfaced around the All-Star break during the NBA season that Bulls’ center Joakim Noah was starting to recruit New York Knicks’ froward Carmelo Anthony to the Bulls.

According to a report from the Chicago Sun Times, Noah has stepped up his recruitment of Anthony. Joe Cowley, of the Sun Times, cited several sources this weekend in the Sun Times’ report that indicates Noah has been in constant contact with Anthony.

[Sun Times]

According to several sources, including a teammate, Noah’s All-Star Weekend “conversation’’ with New York Knicks standout Carmelo Anthony didn’t end in New Orleans. They had discussions via text the rest of the season, including the day after the Bulls were eliminated in the playoffs by the Washington Wizards.

One current Bulls’ player indicated to Cowley that Noah has gotten close with Anthony.

[Sun Times]

“I was kidding Jo that they were boys now,’’ a source said in a phone interview Friday. “ ‘Well, get your boy to come to Chicago.’ ’’

Noah certainly is stepping up his recruitment of Anthony. Anthony is without question the top priority for the Bulls this off-season.

The Bulls may have finally realized that they need more star power than Derrick Rose. While the Bulls’ are excited to see Rose return to a team that has saw tremendous progression from Noah and forward Taj Gibson this past season, the team also is aware that they need an offensive play-maker. Anthony would certainly fit the bill.

Noah was successful with his recruitment of Carlos Boozer in 2010, and the hope is that he can be successful with Anthony this summer.

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