Chicago Bulls Give Joakim Noah Extension, Ending Possible Carmelo Anthony Trade

October 4th, 2010 by Chris Sax Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls and Center Joakim Noah have officially agreed to a five year, $60 million contract extension this past Sunday. With this deal, the Bulls have proved their commitment to keeping Noah on the team and have basically guaranteed his lack of involvement in any more trade speculation.

There had been much talk that the Denver Nuggets would negotiate a trade involving Carmelo Anthony if the Bulls star center was involved. The Bulls were adamant that they had no intention of trading their center, whom they have high hopes for this season.

But why would the Bulls choose a young, unproven player over an established scorer who has the potential to be a top 5 player in the league?

1. Joakim Noah is a leader. You saw it in college when he won two NCAA National Championships in a row, so it shouldn't be a big surprise that he is a leader on this Bulls team as well. His teammates respect his vocal attitude as seen in his comments last year during the playoffs about the Cavaliers. He stirs the pot, but doesn't push it. The only reason is to get his teammates fired up.

2. Noah showed great improvement last year. He averaged a doub ...

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