Coach Doc Rivers said Jamal Crawford (calf) is close to a return.
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"I wouldn't be surprised if he played in our next game. I don't know that. That's just my feeling," Rivers said on Thursday night. Crawford's return will dramatically affect the recent production of Darren Collison and will also take some chances away from a white-hot Matt Barnes. Before going down, Crawford was taking 14.9 shots per game and playing 30.9 minutes a night.
Sources tell ESPN that Joakim Noah approached Carmelo Anthony over All-Star weekend about signing with the Bulls this offseason.
Anthony is expected to exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Knicks, Bulls and Lakers are among the teams that are likely to pursue him, but Noah's selling point was the chance to actually win. A core of Anthony, Noah, Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson would be very formidable. One issue could be money. The Knicks can pay Carmelo $22.4 million per season, while the Bulls could only offer him roughly $15 million after using the amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer.