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Transformers sequels are popular, for whatever reason, so why wouldn't the nation tune into “The Decision, Part Two?”
Monday's free-agency buzz concerned the growing belief LeBron James might be ready to return to Cleveland. This is serious enough that owner Dan Gilbert's manic rant in comic sans type was finally removed from the Cavs website after four years, according to multiple reports.
The Cavaliers would need to clear some salaries to offer James a maximum contract, but that can probably be done. Houston is also said to be chasing Chris Bosh as an alternative to keeping the Power Trio together in Miami.
If James isn't serious about Cleveland, he should put a stop to this charade immediately. That city doesn't need an extended tease.
Let's take a tour of Saturday's NBA free agency news:
One interesting development today was Pat Riley reportedly arriving in Chicago to meet with Luol Deng and his representatives. Deng, the long-time Bulls forward, is not expected to re-sign with Cleveland, especially after the Cavs drafted small forward Andrew Wiggins.
Deng would make a good LeBron James replacement in Miami, but how would he fit with the Power Trio? Maybe not so bad, considering the Heat uses a small lineup so often. If Riley can keep the core together, Miami's primary lineup could include Norris Cole, Dwyane Wade, Deng, James and Chris Bosh.
The Internet world seemed to think New York promising to give Carmelo Anthony a full max contract is the microphone-dropper. The Knicks reportedly did that Thursday night.
Maybe it is. Plenty of people thought Anthony's free-agent tour was designed mostly to coax a five-year, $129 million deal from the Knicks,
While Anthony mulls his options over the holiday weekend, the Bulls have a few angles of hope they can carry.
There doesn't have to be a huge difference in money, for one thing. If Anthony joins another team, he's limited to four years and smaller raises. But if the Bulls can find a way to get to their max of four years, $96.6 million – either through a sign-and-trade or by clearing enough salaries – they'll be in the ballpark.
Doug McDermott sounds like Chicago's kind of guy.
According to Omaha.com, McDermott called the Blue Jay Bar and Grill near the Creighton campus last Thursday and bought a keg for patrons and a shot for anyone who wanted one.
The high-scoring forward was in a celebratory mood after finding out he was headed to the Bulls in a draft-night trade. Here's the full story:
The Bulls put their decorative powers to use Tuesday as New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony made his free agent visit to Chicago.
Banners were hung on the east wall of the United Center, featuring Anthony in a Bulls uniform and NBA championship trophies. The electronic message boards -- installed just a few months ago -- also carried Carmelo photos and messages.
Shortly after noon, Bulls center Joakim Noah arrived at the United Center. Roughly 30 minutes later, Anthony arrived in a van, complete with police escort, and walked past the Michael Jordan statue into the UC.
The Bulls will try to convince Anthony that his best chance to win a championship is in a lineup with Noah, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler.
We hadn't heard from Derrick Rose for months, but that changed when he spoke to Marc Spears from Yahoo.com on Sunday at Drew Gooden's basketball camp in California.
Rose talked about his rehab, playing for Team USA this summer and, of course, Carmelo Anthony. Here's the link:
Regarding Rose's "recruiting is not my job" comment, it's consistent with what he said in 2010 when the Bulls were after LeBron James. But in the aftermath of 2010, when Dwyane Wade helped convince two all-stars to come to Miami, you would think Rose might approach it differently.
Here's a good introduction to Bulls rookie Doug McDermott, a scouting report video by DraftExpress.com:
A couple of trades dropped Wednesday that could affect what the Bulls do this summer.
Houston agreed to send ex-Bulls center Omer Asik to New Orleans for a 2015 first-round draft pick. The Pelicans may need to send some salary back to the Rockets, but they will have close to enough room under the salary cap if the cap rises to $63 million, as expected, in July.
Asik became expendable when Houston added Dwight Howard last season. With Asik off the payroll, the Rockets are within striking distance of opening enough cap room to make a run at Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. Jeremy Lin also needs to go for that to happen.
With all the chatter about NBA free agency, here's one story that might be worth a read for Bulls fans. The New York Post spoke to Carmelo Anthony's college coach, Jim Boeheim, about the looming decision.
Boeheim acknowledges speaking to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau about Anthony when the two worked together on the Team USA coaching staff. But Boeheim also plays both sides, saying Chicago or New York would be great for Anthony.
Several outlets reported Sunday that New York forward Carmelo Anthony has officially informed the Knicks he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
Anthony indicated this was his plan long ago, so the news is no surprise. And Anthony could still re-sign with the Knicks, either long term or for a single season.
But since pursuing Anthony is part of the Bulls' summer plan, opting out is good news. They can't chase Carmelo if he's not available.
Everyone wants to know whether the Bulls will end up with Anthony. They have a legitimate shot, but there are plenty of unknowns. Is Anthony willing to leave New York? How much of a salary trim would he accept to join the Bulls? Would the Knicks be open to doing a sign-and-trade if Anthony is set on leaving?