The Chicago Bulls are working their asses off in free agency to try and land All-Star scorer Carmelo Anthony but it is increasingly looking likely that 30-year old will be taking his sweet time before committing to a new franchise.

Anthony was in Chicago today for a meeting with officials, who have put out all the stops to try and impress him, with giant pictures of Melo in full Bulls uniform covering the United Center. But things may not be so rosy...

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Not So Optimistic

According to Ian Bagley of, while there is hope in Chicago that the Bulls can land Melo this summer, there is also a part of the front office who are pessimistic about the team’s chances of landing the All-Star as they fear Melo is going to head back to New York.

From Bagley's report earlier today:

"As the Bulls prepared for their Tuesday meeting with Carmelo Anthony, some members of the team’s hierarchy were pessimistic about Chicago’s chances of landing Anthony.

'They’re worried that he’s headed back to New York,' a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said of early Tuesday morning. 'They’re more pessimistic than optimistic.

The source wasn’t speaking for the entire Chicago front office, just a small segment. So there is reason to believe that not all members of the team’s hierarchy shared this opinion."

Plan B

This doesn't mean that the Bulls are pulling out of the running for Melo, however it does signal that the Bulls head office may just be drawing up a rather large backup list for players after potentially missing out on the Small Forward.

Things won't be wrapped up so quickly, with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks all putting together big plays to try and get the Knicks man.

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