Anthony's Chicago visit is underway
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.
The biggest competition for Anthony will probably be New York. The Knicks can offer Anthony as much as $129 million over five seasons. The maximum he could get from the Bulls is $96.6 million over four years and they would need to do a sign-and-trade with the Knicks to get close to that amount and still keep their key players.
UPDATE -- The meeting broke up after a few hours. Rose and Gibson were on hand to meet Anthony. Coach Tom Thibodeau rode with Anthony in the van that drove him to the UC.
Anthony received a guided tour of the Bulls' new practice facility, which is one block east of the United Center and expected to be ready in the fall.