According to multiple sources and media reports, the Bulls are among three or four teams with a realistic chance of trading for perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony, but right now the main stumbling block is they don't want to include center Joakim Noah in a deal.
While making an appearance Wednesday at Lathrop Elementary School on the West Side, Noah was asked if it was flattering that the Bulls were unwilling to part with him even to land someone considered to be among the top-five players in the NBA.
"Who told you that?" Noah said to the questioner, implying that Bulls management hasn't conveyed that sentiment to him.
"I also understand what kind of a player Carmelo Anthony is. We'll see what happens. I'm trying to stay positive and I'm really excited about the upcoming season. I can't control what happens in this situation."
For now, Noah is regarding the rumors simply as a part of day-to-day life in the NBA.
"It happens," he said. "A lot of guys on our team have dealt with things like this. I remember my rookie year some things were going on with Kobe Bryant possibly coming.
"A lot of it, who knows? I'm not the one up there [at the Berto Center] every day, I'm not the one getting calls, so I don't know what's true, what's a rumor and what's not.
"My goal is, I want to stay in Chicago. I think we can really do something special and I hope I can be a part of it."
The biggest danger for the Bulls is the situation could develop into a huge distraction like three years ago when the Bulls were rumored to be close to making a deal for Bryant and it negatively affected the play of a few players?
"There are a lot of distractions out there," Noah said. "There are distractions on the court. You know, these kids deal with distractions every day, joining gangs. Those are real serious issues. For me, it's just what team I'm going to go to. There are bigger issues in Chicago than where I'm going to be playing."