HoopsHype Joakim Noah rumors

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

June 22, 2014 Updates

Saturday’s news that the Bulls have engaged the Magic in trade talks for veteran swingman Arron Afflalo did little to change their goal of aggressively trying to overhaul the roster. League sources said targeting Afflalo, who averaged a career-high 18.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting last season, serves two purposes. It signals to primary target Carmelo Anthony the win-now mentality the Bulls must have with Joakim Noah turning 30 next February and Derrick Rose coming off back-to-back knee surgeries. Chicago Tribune

June 8, 2014 Updates

Chicago, said to be Love’s other preferred destination, has the 16th and 19th picks in this year’s draft in addition to burgeoning talents Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Gibson, who will turn 29 this month, is deceptively old. It’s unclear whether the Bulls would throw the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah, onto the table. Boston Herald

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