NBA Rumors: Joakim Noah Signs Extension—What Now for Carmelo Anthony?

October 3rd, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a five-year, $60 million extension with center Joakim Noah, according to a report from Sam Smith.

The two sides had been working out the deal over the last few weeks, when talks of a contract extension were reported around the same time Noah's name was brought up in possible trade talks with Denver for forward Carmelo Anthony.

Noah's coming off a career season with Chicago, averaging 10.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 64 games last season.

He's been better in the playoffs, putting up 12.1 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.8 blocks over the last two seasons.

The extension makes the trade rumors for Carmelo Anthony obsolete. With Noah locked up, the Bulls will move forward with a Derrick Rose-Carlos Boozer-Noah trio.

So what now for Anthony? It's been rumored that Chicago and New York were his two most favored destinations, and the two most likely places he'd agree to commit to a long-term contract.

With Chicago seemingly out of the picture, the number of suitors for 'Melo deteriorates—as does the leverage the Nuggets have in trade demands.

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