HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

July 28, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will be "ready" for training camp as he continues rehabbing from arthroscopic left knee surgery. "I feel pretty good," Noah told ESPNChicago.com on Sunday during a promotional event for Adidas. "Obviously I have a ways to go, but I'm excited. When I see what our team looks like, I think that Gar [Forman] and Pax [John Paxon] put together a very solid team and I'm really excited about next year." ESPN.com

July 27, 2014 Updates

Around the same time funeral services were being held for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Bulls center Joakim Noah was busy across town at the United Center working to try to curb the violence in Chicago. Through his Noah's Arc Foundation, the All-Star center recently has devoted his time to encouraging peace in the city. On Friday he unveiled a public service announcement asking Chicagoans to stand up to gun violence. Saturday Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, a Chicago native, joined him for the finale of Noah's ONE CITY Basketball Tournament. The championship game saw the South Side, coached by Rose, defeat Beverley's West Side team. "We started doing the peace tournaments a couple of years ago," Noah said. "A lot of people didn't think it was possible to bring people from different parts of the city together. This is more than a basketball game." Chicago Tribune

July 25, 2014 Updates

"Even when we sucked, I always felt like we had championship aspirations," he said. "I don’t go into a game thinking we’re going to lose. Ever. I don’t care who we play against. But obviously, a lot of things need to go your way to win a championship. You have to be lucky. The chemistry has to be great. "We feel like we’ve dealt with a lot of adversity. I think that that adversity will help us in the long run. Our team is hungry. Our team is working hours in the middle of the summer, guys are working out every day. Only time will tell. But it’s exciting." Chicago Tribune

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has unveiled an effort to tamp down the city's gun violence, including a public service announcement in which he stars. In the PSA, Noah asks Chicago "what do you stand for." City residents are then shown what they stand for, including positivity and resolving conflict without violence. Bulls forward Derrick Rose says he stands "for my city." USA Today Sports

July 3, 2014 Updates
July 1, 2014 Updates

Later, the Bulls’ brass made a pitch centered around the fact that a core of Anthony, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson – with Tom Thibodeau coaching – would be able to contend right away in the depleted Eastern Conference. While Rose had went on the record saying that he wasn’t going recruit Anthony to Chicago, he was very involved in the team’s courtship of the superstar free agent, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

After meeting at the facility and discussing the team’s pitch, the group went to dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago. Anthony, Noah, Rose, Gibson, Thibodeau, Jerry Reinsdorf, Gar Forman and Scottie Pippen were all in attendance at the dinner, according to sources. The Bulls left the meeting and dinner feeling very confident that Anthony is seriously considering signing with Chicago, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

The meeting began shortly after Anthony strolled past the Michael Jordan statue outside Gate 4 and entered the United Center near 1 p.m. Joakim Noah already had arrived. Taj Gibson joined the meeting around 2:30 p.m. His participation isn't insignificant. Sources said both the Bulls and Anthony, should he choose Chicago, want to keep Gibson. Chicago Tribune

Joakim Noah has been talking to Anthony since the All-Star break. Derrick Rose doesn't publicly recruit players, but sources told the Tribune last week word has reached Anthony's camp that Rose would welcome Anthony's arrival. If Anthony wants to talk to Rose, sources said an effort for that conversation will be made. Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose has stated that he won’t recruit Carmelo Anthony to the Chicago Bulls, but there is at least one Bull who is doing whatever he can to lure the superstar scorer to the Windy City. Sources close to the situation say that Joakim Noah has been communicating with Anthony in recent weeks. The two have been texting back and forth, and Noah is actively recruiting Anthony to Chicago. Basketball Insiders

The Bulls are the first team that Anthony will meet with when free agency begins on July 1. He will fly to Chicago to hear the Bulls’ pitch. Sources say that Noah will either be present at the free agency meeting, or will meet with Anthony after the conclusion of the meeting. Noah wants to bring Rose along with him as well, and is trying to persuade the point guard to attend the meeting. Rose has made it clear that he doesn’t view it as his job to recruit free agents. Basketball Insiders

June 23, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony has been getting quite a few recruiting calls from Joakim Noah over the past week, but according to people close to the Knicks star, he hasn’t returned one of them. We’re guessing Anthony might call Noah back after he officially opts out of his contract with the Knicks, no later than Monday. Maybe he leaks it out that he was talking to Noah, too. It’s easy to see why. Anthony wants to be recruited by the Bulls on July 1 so that he can get Jim Dolan to intercede on his behalf and tell Phil Jackson he needs to bring Anthony back, at any cost. New York Daily News

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