SportsTalk Live: Would LeBron or Carmelo join Rose in Chicago?

SportsTalk Live: Would LeBron or Carmelo join Rose in Chicago?
January 9, 2014, 9:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

In all likelihood, two-time NBA champion LeBron James will opt out of his current contract after this season and sign a new deal with the Miami Heat. But that won't stop other teams from trying to reel in the game's best player as he hits free agency this season.

Could that team be the Bulls?

According to the New York Daily News' Frank Isola, "there is already talk about (James) possibly heading to Chicago to join a young core with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler."

First things first, James is months away from even thinking about free agency. To say he's "possibly" heading to Chicago doesn't mean James has mentioned it to anyone. If James is to believed, he still doesn't know where he'll play next season. But after the Bulls dumped Luol Deng's contract to the Cleveland Cavaliers and may amnesty Carlos Boozer, they're sure to be active in free agency talks.

And that's what the SportsTalk Live panel talked about Wednesday.

"The Bulls need a superstar. That's the way they league is constructed. If you can get (LeBron), fantastic. I just don't know how much things have changed," WGN's Judd Sirott said. "Remember, if LeBron does come here there's an assumption here that Derrick Rose is going to be able to play at a superstar level. Does LeBron want to put in that type of work?"

The other potential superstar hitting the free agent market is Carmelo Anthony. While he will be looking for a maximum deal the Bulls may not want to hand out, there's potential the Bulls could go after the former scoring champ to pair him up with Derrick Rose.

"I'm not entirely sold on Carmelo," said Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns. "He finally wants to win. You didn't want to win five years ago when you're with the Nuggets? Is that the type of guy you want leading your team? Would Derrick Rose like taking a back seat to a guy like that?"

There's also Rose, who said he won't actively recruit players to Chicago. Seeing as that's how James got to Miami (Dwyane Wade), recruiting may be what gets James to the Windy City on the off chance it happens.

Watch the video below to see what the rest of the panel had to say about 'Melo or LBJ joining the Bulls.