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Could New York Knicks Swing Trade for Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah?

May 7th, 2014 at 1:52 AM
By Daniel Stack

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All along we were thought to believed that the Chicago Bulls were going to pursue New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, if he opted to become a free agent this summer. It was also rumored that Noah was even campaigning hard for the Bulls to go after Anthony.

But what if we put the shoe on the other foot? What if the Knicks try to make a trade for Noah instead. Well, that's what Sam Smith of Bulls.com thinks could possibly happen. Smith, while responding to a fan asking whether a sign and trade for Anthony was possible, had this to say:

Sam: That, of course, is a most unlikely proposition if you know anything about Phil Jackson. I expect we’ll hear these sort of scenarios for months that benefit the Bulls and “give the other guy something.” Ever hear if it sounds too good to be true… then it isn’t? Phil Jackson isn’t about rebuilding, and certainly not going on 69 years old this summer. He couldn’t care less the Knicks have no picks. When he was with the Bulls how many rookies do you ever remember playing major roles? Phil may try a sign and trade with Anthony, and one thing I can see if the Rockets lose in the first round is given they have Asik and that Howard doesn’t score that much more, anyway, I see Phil perhaps trying for Howard for Anthony. I doubt Houston would do that, but that’s what you’ll see from the Knicks if they don’t retain Anthony. Not expiring contracts and reserves. New York is about stars. Plus, they have a shot at LeBron next summer if they hang onto ‘Melo; not if they lose him. So Phil’s got to get a star if he loses Anthony. I’ve heard this one: The Knicks get Noah and the Bulls get Tyson Chandler, a good expiring deal so they can go after Kevin Love next year, and Iman Shumpert, who is from Chicago and a good defender who Thibs would like and Pablo Prigioni, a good backup point if they lose Augustin and Hinrich. The Bulls gets three for one. How could they pass on that? Oh, right, they give up the only good player in the deal. Just what the Knicks might be thinking regarding Anthony.

So you see, this scenario is probably not likely to come to fruition, especially after the season Noah just had.

Noah, who won the league's Defensive Player of the Year award, had a breakout season while averaging 10.4 ppg, 12.8 rpg (third in the NBA), 4.6 apg and 1.4 bpg. He finally blossomed this year while becoming a complete player. As you can understand, he is a major building block for the Bulls. So acquiring him will be a supremely tough task.

Safe to say, neither team will likely budge in a sign and trade, as these are pie-in-the-sky ideas.

But that doesn't mean it's not exciting to think of the prospects of Noah joining Anthony (not to mention the idea of landing LeBron too!) and helping the Knicks getting back on track under Jackson.

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