Nick Friedell at ESPN Chicago says that although there may have been discussions about trading Joakim Noah as part of a deal for Carmelo Anthony, Noah isn’t going anywhere:
The Bulls consider the emotional center to be a cornerstone for their franchise. To put it another way, Derrick Rose is untouchable — obviously. And while Noah may not be that bulletproof, the gap between him and Rose, as far as a potential trade goes, isn’t as far as the casual fan may think.
The general consensus is that the Bulls feel like they are much closer to a title with Noah than they are without him. As I discussed on Thursday, are the Bulls really that much closer to a title if they add Anthony, but lose Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson in the process? I don’t think so.