For a Tuesday afternoon in which nothing much happened on the Carmelo Anthony front, there were at least a few things happening on the Carmelo Anthony front.
First, Anthony arrived in Chicago for his meeting with the Bulls, finding the United Center decked out with welcoming messages and photos of him in a Bulls uniform. There was also some star power present, beginning with Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and All-Star big man Joakim Noah, who has been slyly working on Anthony for months now.
MORE: Lakers see Gasol, Hill as part of future | Pistons to sign MeeksBut the big surprise was the presence of Derrick Rose, who had created a bit of a media bluster point before the free agency period began by saying that recruiting free agents really isn’t his job — which, by the way, is absolutely true. But Rose was there in the Anthony meeting, which lasted much of the afternoon.
The Bulls are still considered the favorites to land Anthony — should he leave the Knicks. New York has the appeal of a longer contract at slightly more money, as well as being the home base for his family.Still, as a source told SN earlier in the year, Anthony is seeking the “Dwight Howard treatment,” which means a full round of schmoozing during this first week of free agency. Keep in mind that Anthony has never had this experience — he was traded to New York in 2011, and signed a three-year extension shortly thereafter. H[……]