Chicago Bulls free agency tracker: Melo is coming to town Tuesday

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Free agency is finally upon us. Here's a quick look at all of the players the Bulls are rumored to already have interest in.

2013-14 Team Player Status
Carmelo Anthony
Re-signed with Knicks (7/12)
The Bulls will get the first meeting with Anthony on Tuesday. After that, he'll meet with the Mavericks and Rockets on Wednesday and then the Lakers on Thursday before hearing a final pitch from the Knicks. It is no secret the Bulls want to add Anthony while retaining Taj Gibson. Let's hope for a sign-and-trade, because signing Melo with cap space is going to be a tricky proposition.
Houston Rockets
Chandler Parsons
Signed offer sheet with Mavericks (7/10), Rockets declined to match(7/13)
If this is the Bulls' backup plan, it's not a bad one. The 25-year-old Parsons is a restricted free agent and figures to draw plenty of interest and several huge offers. Houston wants to add Anthony or Kevin Love, and will be in the hunt for LeBron James if it's a realistic option. Parsons seems likely to be back with the Rockets, but you never know. He'd be a great fit in Chicago as a two-way wing who can shoot, pass and rebound. Marc Stein reported the Bulls' interest.
Los Angeles Lakers
Pau Gasol
Gasol is going to draw plenty of interest around the league, but the Bulls would seem like the type of team the veteran big man is looking for. At this point in his career, Gasol likely wants to join a contender where he isn't relied on to do the heavy lifting. He'd be a great fit as a backup four or five behind Joakim Noah and Gibson. The Orange County Register reported the Bulls' interest. (7/12) KC Johnson reports Bulls looking to complete a sign/trade with Lakers for Gasol, using Mike Dunleavy and non-guaranteed contracts.
Paul Pierce
Pierce will be 37 years old next season, but he still played at a relatively high level for the Nets last season. Pierce's 13.5 points per game was the lowest average of his 15-year career, but he could still be a decent option as a reserve wing. The Clippers, Grizzlies, Mavericks, Rockets and plenty more figure to have interest. Marc Stein reported the Bulls are interested, too.
Luol Deng
Here's the one we've been waiting for. Just months after rejecting a three-year, $30 million extension from the Bulls that triggered a trade to Cleveland, Sam Amick is reporting the Bulls may want to bring Deng back. This would be hilarious.
Caron Butler

The 34-year-old has been surviving off his name for at least the last three seasons. He shot under 40 percent from the floor in his time spent between the Bucks and Thunder last year, though he did shoot 44 percent from three in 22 games with Oklahoma City. He was awful in the playoffs (32 percent shooting from the floor) despite playing over 23 minutes per game. David Aldridge reported the Bulls' interest.
Chicago Bulls
Kirk Hinrich
Of course the Bulls want to bring back Hinrich. At 33 years old, he probably isn't getting more than the veteran minimum. I'm more concerned about him getting crunch-time minutes when he inevitably returns. K.C. Johnson noted the Bulls' interest.
Chicago Bulls
D.J. Augustin

Augustin is in a similar position to Nate Robinson a year ago after revitalizing his career under Tom Thibodeau. It's worth noting that Robinson was better than Augustin was, and he still only got a two-year contract worth $4 million. It will be interesting to see how the market shapes up for Augustin. K.C. Johnson reported the Bulls' interest. (7/12) Woj reports Dallas and Charlotte interested as well.
Lance Stephenson

This is all per Chris Broussard, so take it with the requisite grain of salt. The Pacers are reportedly offering $44 million over five years, or an average of just under $9 million per year. Broussard says it's at an 'impasse' and the Bulls are one of three other teams mentioned to be interested, along with the Hornets and Lakers. (7/8) Joe Cowley reports the Bulls 'checked in' on Stephenson, but are reluctant to pay the purported $10m it'd take to sign him. (7/12) Sean Deveney of the Sporting News says Bulls pursuit of Stephenson hasn't been 'serious'
Milwaukee Bucks
Ramon Sessions

You can add this name to the backup point guard group, per Alex Kennedy.
Trevor Ariza
This one comes from Joe Cowley, so I'm not sure what to think. But apparently the Bulls are "stealthily" checking out Ariza, who did a number on them in the postseason. Cowley says Thibs would push for Ariza if the Bulls lose out on Melo, which makes some sense because the small forward can play defense and knock down threes. But after a career year, his price will likely be a bit inflated, and I'm not sure he's dynamic enough offensively to be worth what he's likely looking for.
Real Madrid
Nikola Mirotic

The Bulls have been waiting several years for Mirotic to be ready to come over to the NBA, and after what appears to be a somewhat messy divorce with Real Madrid, he's ready to come over. HoopsHype reported that Mirotic is ready to pay his $3 million buyout in order to come to the NBA.
Dallas Mavericks
Shawn Marion

Marion is 36 and I'm not crazy about adding aging veterans, but he's still a solid role player that is expected to command an MLE-ish deal, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. And much to my surprise, he shot 35.8 percent from three last year. The Heat and Rockets were listed as suitors, among other suitors. K.C. also reported interest.
Jordan Crawford

Crawford, a chucker who really can't shoot at all. He has shot just 40.5 percent for his career, and 30.6 percent from three. He's 25 years old and has already been on four teams. A decent ballhandler and did average nearly six dimes in in Boston before being traded to Golden State last year, but yeah, not too exciting. Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reported the interest.
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