At this point, it's just a waiting game for the Bulls, following Carmelo Anthony's wine-and-dine, red-carpet extended visit Tuesday, in which the organization put its best foot forward and significantly impressed the coveted free agent, a person with knowledge of the meeting told CSNChicago.com, adding, "It couldn't have went better."
While it's still an early juncture of the free-agent period, following its thorough presentation, the organization is brimming with confidence about the possibility of acquiring the scorer, and though he arrived in Chicago already holding the Bulls in high esteem amongst his suitors, Anthony came away from the meeting with a reinforced belief that the Bulls are indeed a worthy candidate to lure him away from New York, the same league source explained.
Meanwhile, reports of Derrick Rose’s presence Tuesday at the United Center have been overblown, according to another individual abreast of the proceedings, as the former league MVP’s workout was held in the city, rather than the Berto Center, more because of convenience to both his downtown home and the meeting with Anthony. Furthermore, it was a light session, not something conceived to verify his health, the same source said, as his competition in five-on-five pickup games has increased to include the likes of Chicago native Will Bynum of the Pistons and former Bulls guard Ben Gordon, who reportedly signed a two-year, $9-million deal with Orlando on Wednesday.
Regardless of why and where, Rose's proximity and availability certainly didn't hurt the Bulls' cause, as the franchise's unified approach Tuesday — fellow players Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, the team's ownership and front office were also present at various points throughout the day — and aside from touting the benefits of Chicago as a city, it was conveyed to Anthony that the on-court possibilities outweigh his other options, whether remaining with the retooling Knicks or playing in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Anthony's free-agency tour continued Wednesday in Texas, as he visits Houston, then Dallas, before a Thursday trip to Los Angeles to sit down with the Lakers and finally, reconvening in New York to give the Knicks a final crack at convincing him to stay put.