Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) guards New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks won 110-81. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony Researching City Of Chicago

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With Carmelo Anthony expected to officially opt out of his contract with the New York Knicks on Monday, a report surfaced Sunday that indicated Anthony is doing research on the city of Chicago.

According to a report from ESPN, Anthony has had conversations about what it is like to be famous in Chicago.

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According to league sources, Anthony has talked to at least one high-profile person who lives in Chicago about what it’s like to be famous in the Windy City.

This is the latest in a series of reports that have indicated that Anthony and the Bulls have gone back-and-forth in doing research on each party.

Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau has been in discussions with several of Anthony’s former coaches while expressing his desire to coach the superstar.

The Bulls have emerged this past week as the front-runners to acquire Anthony this summer. Recent reports have suggested that the Bulls could work out a sign-and-trade with the Knicks, though, the latest word is that the Bulls’ likely will have to sign Anthony outright. The Knicks are not believed to be interested in Carlos Boozer.

The one issue that remains a hurdle for the Bulls and their pursuit of Anthony is money. Anthony is believed to seeking a maximum contract. The Bulls’ can not afford to sign Anthony to a maximum contract. That is why the Bulls need emphasize that they are the team he needs to sign with in order to finally reach the NBA Finals.

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