Now, a report has surfaced that Anthony has sought the opinions of former Bulls’ players. Sources cited in a report from The Wall Street Journal expressed that Anthony is intrigued by the idea of playing for Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau.
[The Wall Street Journal]
According to a league source, Anthony is intrigued by the idea of playing for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. During the season, Anthony sought out multiple ex-Chicago wing players—separate from the widely reported conversations he had with Bulls center Joakim Noah, the NBA’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year—about Thibodeau, according to the source.
Anthony, who is expected to opt out of his current contract with the New York Knicks on Monday, has emerged as the top off-season target for the Bulls. The acquisition of Anthony would give the Bulls a Big 3 of their own with Anthony, Noah, and Derrick Rose in the same starting rotation.
Over the course of this past week, the Bulls have emerged as the front-runners to acquire Anthony this summer.
The Bulls’ have been working feverishly to create space financially in order to add Anthony to their roster. Beyond amnestying Carlos Boozer and trading one if not both of their first round picks, the Bulls will also have to trade a player such as Mike Dunleavy in order to have a competitive offer for Anthony.
Taj Gibson has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate. At this point, it would appear that the Bulls could acquire Anthony without the sacrificing of Gibson. Though, the Bulls would be willing to deal Gibson if it solidified the team’s already high chances of acquiring Anthony this summer.
With Anthony’s opt out decision due on Monday and the NBA Draft on Thursday, the dominoes in the Anthony sweepstakes will begin to fall.