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Suddenly everybody thinks LeBron is headed to Chicago. Everybody.

May 14, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

LeBron_solo.jpgJust two weeks ago, all the smart money was on LeBron James staying in Cleveland. He wasn’t going to leave his home, he wasn’t leaving a team on its way to a title.

Now those title hopes have been crushed and everybody seems to think he’s going to Chicago.

That includes three NBA general managers who contacted ESPN’s Chad Ford after Boston finished knocking off the Cavaliers. All three told Ford their information indicates he is gone and headed to the Windy City.

One GM went a bit further in a phone call a few minutes later. “I think the Bulls are really going to go for it. Look for them to offer the Cavs Luol Deng in a sign-and-trade for LeBron. That will allow them to retain most of their cap space. Then they’ll go after Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh as well.”

Then there is Sonny Vaccaro. Back when LeBron was still a high school phenom, Vaccaro was there and he still calls LeBron a friend. This is one of the most connected men in basketball. He was the king of the shoe deal. For a younger generation, think of Vaccaro as an olden-days William Wesley, with his hands in seemingly everything. Save that Vaccro did not shy away from publicity.

Vaccaro told ESPN Chicago the same thing those three GMs were thinking.

“If he chooses to leave, and I believe he will, he has the pick of the litter of where he can go,” said Vaccarro, who touted the Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers as having top, young talent. “In my opinion, the Bulls are the perfect fit.”

He also buys into the John Calipari rumors, as did one of the general managers, saying he could be the new Bulls coach.

If — and that still remains a huge if — LeBron leaves it will be via a sign and trade, Cleveland needs to get something back.

And Chicago would make a lot of sense. This is a team that could win immediately — they have a legitimate All-Star second option in Derrick Rose, some grit along the front line in Joakim Noah, solid role players like Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson, and the cap space to get more guys. There are the little questions like who is the coach, and does LeBron want to have to play in the shadow of the legend of Michael Jordan.

But it seems to be a serious consideration now. Everybody thinks James is on the move.

And to think a few weeks ago you could have gotten 40-1 odds on the 

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  1. cliff mown - May 14, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    that would be awsome, lebron james on the bulls

  2. Albert - May 14, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    I think he’s headed to NYC along with Chris Bosh, he’ll be wooed by the bright lights

  3. Kurt W - May 14, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    How attached is he to the number 23? Cause he ain’t wearing that number in Chicago.

  4. mick the ripper - May 14, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Chicago is apparantly the best choice for Lebron, but him going to the Clippers would be insane. This could be one of the greatest rivalries of all time. Clippers and Lakers in the same home building. B. Davis, Eric Gordon and Kamen are much better than any players in Cleveland right now. If he goes to either place, the king will have the luxury of actually playing with other teammates who can actually creat their own shot. I say it’s time to move young man, let’s see what you can do for another franchise.

  5. nita - May 14, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    I truly think lebron should go 2 the bulls that would be so great i’ll go 2 all the games

  6. sandon - May 14, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    he already said he was giving up 23 at the end of the season, in honor of MJ. it’s gonna be interesting to see where he goes. i typically don’t like NYC sports teams, but if they could get him and maybe bosh, MSG would be rockin next season

  7. newbrooklyn nets fan - May 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Albert, stop drinking the kool aid. What has Cablevision/The Dolan’s done right recently that makes you think they will get this one right? I am sad to say the Knicks are the laughing stock of the league. NewYork may be the center of the financial/media universe, but not basketball any longer. Lebron wants to win. Thank goodness he grew in maturity this year to offer congratulations on the court to the Celtics. My sense is he has a far better idea of what winning will take now then he ever did; e.g. a good supporting cast, and a competent, defense first coach. This description could not be more contrary to the Knicks current state. He is smart enough to see that even if he comes and brings any one of his max salary, friends, the Knicks are still a point guard, a big man, and a coach away from a championship.

  8. A diehard basketball fan... - May 14, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Wouldn’t it just turn everyone’s stomach if Danny Ainge went out and signed the ‘kid’. I mean really, going to the team that knocked you out two years out of the last three…. Not to mention the change to play against that same team that couldn’t get it done.
    He could be part of the ‘next, next’ big three

  9. ikie - May 14, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    I don’t really care where he goes, but I don’t want Calipari to go with him. That would be a very bad idea.

  10. bballjunkmaster - May 14, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    If there’s a remote possibility that LBJ ends up with the Clippers, don’t expect him to stay. They’ve got a long history of not paying their all star players down the line. Plus there can be only one King of LA and he’s got 4 rings to prove it. K-O-B-E! The man was a top vote getter for MVP with a broken finger and a hobbled drumstick.

  11. newbrooklyn nets fan - May 14, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Albert, stop drinking the kool aid. What has Cablevision/The Dolan’s done right recently that makes you think they will get this one right? I am sad to say the Knicks are the laughing stock of the league. NewYork may be the center of the financial/media universe, but not basketball any longer. Lebron wants to win. Thank goodness he grew in maturity this year to offer congratulations on the court to the Celtics. My sense is he has a far better idea of what winning will take now then he ever did; e.g. a good supporting cast, and a competent, defense first coach. This description could not be more contrary to the Knicks current state. He is smart enough to see that even if he comes and brings any one of his max salary, friends, the Knicks are still a point guard, a big man(#5), and a coach away from a eastern conference championship let alone an NBA Championship.
    It’s NewBrooklyn, Chicago or stay in Cleveland. NY doesn’t have a prayer. But it was interesting that the Celtic fans thought so last night…lol

  12. James - May 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Bright lights? There hasnt been a winner in MSG since they held the last boxing match there.

  13. They can keep it - May 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    I am just happy I will be able to find another use for my time. It was a stretch to watch those tat covered thugs play anyway. I get they are school dropouts and we shouldn’t expect roll models but you thought LBJ was a little different. He went home to play. Now it is just the money. I watched the Cavs because he gave them a chance. Now he is jumping ship, I will never watch another NBA game again. Not worth my time. Cavs couldn’t make it work with him to get a championship and now they are looking at years and years of rebuilding. Better off mothballing the franchise for 10-12 years. Try again then. Cav fans, save the $6 beer money and the merchandise dollars and find a different team to support. Just not the one he lands with. LBJ, &!$$ my @$$.

  14. jokes - May 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    its no secret now where Lebron wants to go,roll out the red carpet Chicago its party time again as if chicago stops partying,hehe,

  15. Brad - May 14, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Did you see how quickly LeBron took off his jersey after the game. Making a statement.

  16. What is BBall - May 14, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Lebron, the MLS needs some great players too. Soccer can be your sport!! You would be the King of the WORLD!!! Beckham who? Ronaldo who? Lebron James, ah yes, isn’t he that nba player that came to the MLS and became a World Phenom?…. :D

  17. Jon Kap - May 14, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    LeBron showed no passion at all last night. After the loss he seemed almost relieved. He then made sure to take off his Cavs jersey in front of the camera. I always felt he was leaving after this year. All the loyalty stuff is nonsense. He can play in a big city and deal with big city media and be an even bigger star. Cleveland never stood a chance of keeping him.

  18. tim jenkins - May 14, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    lebron aint no good KOBE still tha best…………….

  19. stav506 - May 14, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    He already gave it up half way through the season when he saw Jordan courtside one game. He even went so far as to suggest it be retired league wide. I’d say he’s OK in another number.
    Now bring him to Chicago along with bringing D Wade home! King James with the Hometown Duo of Rose and Wade! Instant contenders!

  20. Fletch - May 14, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    I do NOT want Lebron playing for Da Bulls….The only time I wanna see that over-hyped kid in Chicago is when he plays against Da Bulls.
    BTW – Can someone get him a mouth guard that fits?

  21. Mel - May 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Brad…. If you payed attention, he always takes it off quickly and also at half time when going to the locker… JUST SAYIN>>>

  22. d-boy - May 14, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Seems to me the focus in Chicago should be to find a coach first….no sense talking about a LBJ until you know you have a decent coach who knows how to utilize the talent on that team. Chicago has a pretty toxic front office situation at the moment…id think it’d be hard to convince a solid veteran coach to want to come into that environment…except maybe Phil J.

  23. Nita2 - May 14, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Nita2 – i’m so excited 2. i would love 2 go to all the games 2. do you want to go 2gether? Maybe a 3some 2?

  24. grateful fan - May 14, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    I believe he has already applied to the league to change his # next year to 6.

  25. Who cares - May 14, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I have never seen so much nation wide talk about one player/athlete….he’s an over-hyped media creation that the media now needs to do damage control on…who cares. I hope this sets the tone for all of these flavors of the month that they need to win a championship before the label someone as the best or the king….

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