Bulls Free Agency Moves: Melo on My Mind

Ready, set, let the Carmelo Anthony courting begin! Free agency started at 12:01 AM Tuesday morning and the Chicago Bulls got the first shot at securing the restricted free agent.

Mother Nature seems to be on our side giving Melo a beautiful Chicago summer day for his Tuesday tour, now we just need GM Gar Forman and the front office to pull out all the stops because this dude is definitely the belle of the free agency ball this 2014 off season. His list of possible suitors seems endless and the money is flowing.

After his visit in Chicago Tuesday, Anthony will head to Texas to meet with the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets and later to Los Angeles to hear out the Lakers. He will be wined and dined by each ball club and after his travels could ultimately crush some hearts and re-sign with his Knicks in New York for a fat contract.Despite the risk, it looks like the Bulls are all in on Sir Anthony after decking out the UC with the “We want Melo” signage and pictures. Chicago drafted and traded for Doug McDermott to clear cap space last week, head coach Tom Thibodeau is on board for bringing in the small forward with the hot shot, Joakim Noah has been recruiting the sharp shooter since January during the All-Star game and the city of Chicago has been wishing for a scorer since the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen era.

If you’ve missed the rumblings about Carmelo, here are some important factors to consider:

Why Should Carmelo Come to Chicago? 

For a better lack of words, the Bulls have been scoring challenged over the last two seasons. They are desperate for a superstar scorer and Anthony could be that guy. He’d be an instant offensive savior for this Bulls team. He averaged 27.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists last season.

Melo understands legacies are made by championship rings and not necessarily how many points you score a game. The Bulls want to win a championship right now. They don’t want to wait a year to clear out cap space to bring in better players. They have a strong core and know they need a solid scorer to complete their puzzle.

The Bulls are in the Eastern Conference – the Mavs, Rockets and Lakers are all in the Western Conference which is most definitely a tougher crowd. Think the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder, Blake Griffin/Chris Paul and the Clippers – the talent is honestly ridiculous. Other than the Miami Heat, the East is up for the taking. Your odds of at least making it to a NBA finals is far more likely in the Eastern Conference.

What Could Hold Melo Back?

More money more problems – Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks can offer Melo a maximum contract of $129 million over five years. Any other potential teams can offer Anthony a maximum of $96 million over four years. Thats a hefty pay cut.

Derrick Rose has been injury prone over the last two years. It may be difficult to sell a team with an uncertain superstar piece of the puzzle. Rose could come back stronger than ever this upcoming season, or he may not. It’s all up the air at this point and we know Melo isn’t interested in hanging around to wait and see.

Stroke the Ego: Other stars have openly recruited Anthony. Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler are ready for Melo in Dallas, Dwight Howard and James Harden are waiting in Houston and his good buddy Kobe Bryant is ready to chat man to man in LA. Melo and Lebron James even have a bro-mance happening that could hinder his decision. The Bulls superstar, who hasn’t suited up in quite some time Derrick Rose, thinks it’s not “his job” to recruit star players. However, he may not have been openly recruiting Melo, Rose did attend today’s meetings in Chicago.

Brooklyn Born: New York is Melo’s hometown and I’m sure he feels a connection to his city. It would mean more to win a championship in “his city” rather than some other location. It’s going to take some serious schmoozing for Anthony to move his family out of his fancy life in the Big Apple and run with the Bulls.

Be prepared to hear quite a bit about Carmelo and his free agency journey across the US over the next few weeks. This is only the beginning as there are quite a few quality free agents available this off season.

Just remember, it’s only speculation until Melo officially accepts an offer – hopefully he’ll keep things classier than BronBron’s “The Decision” on ESPN a few years back. No need to nationally broadcast your choice, but if you take your talents to Chicago Melo, I promise we’re better fans than you’ll find in NY. #letsgo #Bullieve

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Emery Rocked the Free Agency Boat for Bears

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Touche Mr. Emery! After last year we had a feeling you were a shaker-and-maker type of guy and you’ve proved us right again. On Tuesday the Chicago Bears picked up not one, but TWO fantastic additions to their offense on the first day of free agency. On Wednesday the Bears welcomed left tackle Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett at Halas Hall.

bushrod w breesBushrod is a two-time Pro Bowler, has a Super Bowl ring under his belt from 2009 and has been anchoring the Saint’s offensive line the past four seasons. You haven’t seen Drew Brees get creamed in every game and this guy is one of the reasons why. We have to keep our QB standing to keep the offense moving and Bushrod is an immediate improvement for Jay Cutler.

Bennett is the complete package – a tight end that can block and CATCH the ball. He set career highs with 55 receptions, 626 yards and five touchdowns last season with the Giants. YES PLEASE! With the addition of Bennett the Bears said goodbye to both Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth (no tears were shed here).

With the two free agency pickups the Bears got themselves some legitimate players, addressed immediate holes in their offense and also gave themselves some flexibility in the upcoming draft (4/25-4/27).  Cutty gives two thumbs up!

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Cutler smiles are hard to find

Da Bears Making Da Moves

What’s that you hear? Oh that was a collective sigh of relief coming from Chicago Bears fans. Finally the Bears have acquired a top NFL wide receiver, and we caught ourselves a big fish. Three-time Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall is taking his talents from South Beach to Chicago’s South Loop. Giddy up!

The Bears traded Marshall from the Miami Dolphins Tuesday for their third-round draft pick in 2012 and 2013. Last season, Marshall caught 81 passes for 1,214 yards and six touchdowns -free agency was on Chicago’s side.

In his first big move as the Bears new general manager, Phil Emery reunited Jay Cutler with one of his go-to men from his Denver days. For the entire three years Cutler has spent in Chicago, he’s been seeking a big target with reliable hands and next season he will have his chance to show us what that arm can really do. Marshall will wear No. 15 with the Bears, the same number he donned in Denver.

The 6-4 Marshall instantly gives the Bears’ offense, running under first-year coordinator Mike Tice, a big-time playmaker.

“I think he’s going to be great for Jay and our offense,” linebacker Brian Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s cool that he and Jay played together in Denver so there is some familiarity.”

I can’t wait to see this offensive beast in a Bears uniform. Here are some highlights, Bear down!