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LeBron to Chicago suddenly hot rumor of the day

May 12, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_dunk.jpgLast night’s performance by LeBron James dumped gasoline on the rumor mill.

It’s been an out of control fire, a day of speculation and guesswork all over the Web. But nowhere was that flame hotter than when ESPN’s Chris Broussard went on television and said that if James decides to leave Cleveland, the Chicago Bulls are his number one choice. The Chicago Tribune, among other outlets, reported that.

You should take this with salt. A shaker of salt. Still there’s a little something to this. First, Broussard has developed relationships with people close to James.

Second, if he wants to win, the Bulls may be the fastest route to the title. The Bulls have another All-Star level player in Derrick Rose, plus some good inside play from the likes of Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. The supporting cast there would be good and with James they would be instant contenders.

But the smart money is still on him staying in Cleveland. Even with the rumors of the last day.

  1. Fred Groenke - May 12, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    LaBron to Chicago is more likely than Miami. Both he and Wade like to operate out of the same territory so the chemistry would be bad.

  2. deepsea - May 12, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    I think he goes to the Knicks for the sheer fame and fortune. But OK city would get him a championship before Chicago will.

  3. Andy - May 13, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    heh…yeah, because teams with nothing but swingmen win *so* many championships.

  4. JerryG - May 13, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    For the Cavs it is simple as 1,2,3. 1. Sign LeBron, 2. Sign Wade, 3. Get Majerle to coach and run teams out of the building. Mr. Potatoe Head is not the answer.

  5. JDUBB - May 13, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    Noah + Lebron = Bad Chemistry. That actually might be pretty entertaining. Might be I said. Who am I kidding, both teams are snoresville.
    Go Lakers!!!!

  6. DK - May 13, 2010 at 6:22 AM

    If Lebron can’t make it to finals this time and go for a win, he may not win for next few years irrespective of whether he stays with cavs or leaves. I would rate Magic as real contenders for title in years to come in addition to Lakers.

  7. David - May 13, 2010 at 6:31 AM

    Being that Lebron respects the legacy of MJ; why not?. He’s already said that the number 23 should be retired from the league. I think it would be a greatt fit and a great tribute to Michael. Then Chicago will have the two greatest players of all time. Who’s #1?; pick em.

  8. Trebmal - May 13, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    LeBron’s gotta win… The puzzle is far from being complete. What is the NBA? Money, Star status and The Hall-of-Fame… Will he be wearing a Cav jersey or maybe he falls for the glammor of the Big City.. There drooling for a hero in the Garden.. NYC has got to be the spot… oh and bring Chris Bosh or Big Dirk with ya… And I’m a Celtic fan….

  9. dmiller24 - May 13, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    He is leaving here. He has an ego and it needs to be fed. He wants to be the greatest of all time which can happen regardless of where he plays. He just needs a killer instinct. He wants to be a billionaire, which can happen anywhere with the global/internet economy. He wants to make the biggest free agent splash of all time (even if he doesn’t admit it), which he can’t do if he stays in Cleveland. He wants to get contacted by all the teams and see what they will offer, who else they are willing to bring in, what they will do for him, and all the other ego stroking that goes along with free agency. It would make sense that he would switch to #6 if he was going to go to Chicago, but I am not sure where he is going. There are no guarantees of rings no matter who he is with. I just know that he will feed the ego and leave here.

  10. terry - May 13, 2010 at 7:29 AM

    LJ to the Bulls makes sense. If he is off in Cleveland the Cavs have no one to step up and they are toast. They have had years to do it and they still haven’t got the pieces and it doesn’t really look as if they will.
    The Bulls already have the people in place to compliment James. If Noah has ego problems with LJ coming to Chicago, which I DON’T think he will, the Bulls will have no problem attracting other talent to a team that has James, Deng, Hinrich, Rose, etc.
    If you were a top-notch player wouldn’t YOU want to come to a team that has Derrick Rose and LeBron James?
    Jerry Krause built the Bulls juggernaut of the 90s by going after players who would compliment MJ. This time it is reversed – The complimentary pieces are already in place and they need a superstar. He is available and he WANTS TO WIN. GO GET HIM.
    The other night the Celtics had 5 guys in double figures. That’s how you win games.

  11. terry - May 13, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    Put it in the simplest terms – he wants to win, after all these years he knows he is NOT going to win in Cleveland and so he will go where he thinks he has the best chance of winning.
    Chicago has the complimentary pieces already in place. If they can land James how difficult will it be to get a GOOD coach?

  12. JQ - May 13, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Yes he wants to win but he can win in Cleveland – the guy had a couple bad games and all fans want to do is BOO him. If he leaves I was wrong but I truly think he will stay and win a ring for us – c’mon he held is MVP speech at his high school last year!

  13. huch - May 13, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    His decision to leave will probably come down to staying home versus going someplace where he can be a star and make more money. Sorry Chicago and Miami, you can’t compete with New York. Nothing else even comes close. He’ll be on ESPN more than Yankees-Red Sox. He’ll be the Pele of the NBA if he goes to New York.
    If he were to choose somewhere other than NY/Cleveland (small chance of that) it won’t be Miami. Would you want to play for Erik Spoelstra? Are you kidding me? The Bulls got rid of del Negro because they can’t recruit big names with him running the show.

  14. slamfan4life - May 13, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    I personally hate this guys guts, but maaan can he ball; I’m a die hard Chi fan and he would really do wonders with our squad but I really doubt he’s going to leave everything behind in CLE
    IF LeBron came to Chi, I see instant EC Finals
    But realisticly, LeBron will sign 2 or 3 year deal in CLE to see what unfolds
    If THAT doesn’t work then he can ask for a trade or bolt outta CLE, I mean who won’t be willing to take him?

  15. kynumber1fan - May 13, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    LeBron will go where ever John Wall lands.They have been good friends for some time, and this would make a winning combo.

  16. Anonymous - May 13, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Slamfan – How many years have the Cavs had to get the players to compliment James? IMO they’re not even close. James wants to win NOW. Having a fast fading Shaq there is not going to do it. Who does NY have to offer? The Bulls have the players to compliment him NOW.
    Huch – he’s already a huge star and he’s already making tons of money. NY has no real players there. NJ? They lost their first 16 games of the season. They have nobody. Miami has Wade and not much else. Chicago? Rose, Noah, Hinrich, Deng, etc.
    LA? Please, God NOT LA.

  17. ocgunslinger - May 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Anonymous….LOL Wouldn’t that cause many to choke with LJ going to the Lakers. He would certainly pick up a few rings and make up any salary sacrifice in endorsements and pick up more rings by himself after Kobe retires. Makes sense to me if what James wants is trophies and rings. In the past the Lakers come up with players like Baylor, West, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq and Kobe so maybe that is not too far fetched an idea to add James. GO LAKERS!!!

  18. sanclementejedi - May 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Lebron to the Celts playing for the veterans excemption. :-0

  19. Anonymous - May 13, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    ok first of all for all of you morons saying he is going here and there, he can only go to place that 1. offer him a contract and 2. have enough money to even sign him…. so the exempts miami, boston, ok city, and the lakers? idk where the hell that came from… and what are you talking about when you imply that the bulls only have swing men? they have loul deng thats it… he wont go to new jersey because that would just be an awful decission, why would he want to go from a championship contending team to the worst team in the nba just so he can play with a rookie. when instead he can go to a team like chicago and play with a point guard who has already established himself as a dominate force in the league. and plus the bulls already have a solid team that any super star would do great with, they are all team players and play with heart and there is no way that you can say differnt. plus the bulls have so many opportunities to make crucial moves this summer even after they sign james, they can trade way deng or hinrich for another superstar like bosh or boozer or they can trade them for a lottery pick. not even to mention the draft pick they will have with Larry Sanders from VCU will make an amazing addition. so all of you saying he is going here or there shut up because you are just being ignorant when you say stuff like that get realistic, there are only three teams in contention: Cleveland, Chicago, and New York… which are also 3 of the biggest markets in basketball

  20. mick the ripper - May 13, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    Why would you say OKC, you do realize him and Durant both play the 3? That is a joke right? And LA, that would never happen as Pau, Bynum and Kobe are making way to much money for that to be feasible.
    Dont write the Nets off, they have some decent players that would compliment LBJ. Brooke Lopez is better than any Center that Cleveland has, Devin Harris is a young stud, and Yi at the 4 would make this a very good starting squad. They also could makes some trades or pick up another good FA.
    NY might be a stretch but they only have about 18mil in guaranteed salary next year. So if you want to build a team strictly for Lebron, this is the place to do it.
    Personally I think Chicago will be the best choice, this is already a competitive team as is and Lebron would make them that much better. They were decent with Ben Gordon running the show they will be great with LBJ there.
    After all this talk and focus around LBJ, I’m beginning to think that any team in the East that has Dwight will dominate that division.

  21. Omnius - May 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    LeGone Jame’s only hope of winning a championship is if he can get under Kobe’s wing as a Laker. Ron Artest is going to win his first ring as a teammate of Kobe’s this year. LeGone James is an overhyped media miscreation who has never played up to his supposed potential. Just another Allen Iverson ball hog looking for self glorification.

  22. smiling hopeful - May 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    first off. im a chicago fan. BUT i missed the jordan era. i became a fan during the baby bulls era. capt. kirk, BG, deng, Chandler, curry. been a big fan ever since.
    so off top, i melt at the idea of LBJ puttin on the red and white.
    in reference to the rumors. without being biased, AS much as can possibly be, i believe chicago is definately the best fit. with 3 moves, the bulls can be in the finals next year. its simple. first. TRADE DENG. for either a pick or cash considerations. WHO CARES. he makes dam near max contract, FOR NO REASON at all.
    with that cap space. sign bosh and james. NOAH, BOSH, JAMES,(doesnt matter),& ROSE. i WIISH i was GAR at the moment.

  23. jokes - May 14, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Lebron loves Chicago and the pieces are in place there to win right away, welcome to the windy city Lebron,

  24. ron - May 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    I totally agree. The Lakers got traded for Wilt, Kareem, Shaq, Kobe, and Gasol when everone said no way I say way perfect fit just the next course of events, Go Lakers

  25. C - May 14, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    If Lebron was really serious like he says about winning a championship right away then he would go to the team that is going to win the championship with or without him this year, next year and probably the year after that. The LAKERS!!! If he signs for less money he is not going to be broke because he has more than enough endorsements. He would fit in great because he has proved that he can be a team player that does not mind to pass the ball and get his teammates involved. Kobe is going to start going down hill here in the next 3-5 years and James is only going to get better and Bynum is still in his early 20’s, along with players like shannon brown and Jordan Farmar. He will not only win championships with Kobe, but once Kobe goes, It will be the LBJ and Bynum show. But that is only if he really wants to win a championship. LA is also a pretty big market I must say. The Bulls is not a bad choice either but Lebron on the bulls does not guarantee him a championship, but Lebron on the Lakers, now that equals CHAMPIONSHIP!

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