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Suddenly everybody thinks LeBron is headed to Chicago. Everybody.

May 14, 2010, 8:38 AM EST

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 

170 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. BC - May 14, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Here’s a scary thought. What about Portland?

  2. mikesporty - May 14, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    LeBron will be a Clipper next season! Playing in a big market and with young talents is what he craves. Byron Scott or Avery Johnson will coach the Clippers and they will be the new threat in the west!

  3. Matthew - May 14, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    He is not attached to #23 at all; in fact, it was Lebron who suggested that 23 be retired throughout the league.

  4. thedude33 - May 14, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Bears.

  5. ash444 - May 14, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    LeBron will stay. He won’t leave Cleveland on such a sour note – not a chance.

  6. Ken - May 14, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    I bet my house that Lebron will not come to Chicago Bulls. If he is moving, I would say it’s Miami to play with Dwayne Wade. Next stop could NJ/NY. Chicago fans, do not have your hope up.

  7. AJMiami - May 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    You are fogetting about the available cap space in Sunny Miami along with Wade looking for another all star on the court!

  8. Josh - May 14, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    AJMiami, agreed… If it makes sense to go to the Bulls, it makes even MORE sense to try and spark something great with D-Wade in Miami. It is just very hard to see EVERY big name free agent move to a new team.

  9. Anonymous - May 14, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    he already said he was changing his number to 6 for respect tp jordan

  10. KitKat - May 14, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Not that’s it’s gonna happen, but I’d love to see him in Oklahoma City. Give those youngsters a couple of years and we’ll see some excitement. Having LeBron there would be purrrrrrrfect! Just let him end up with a team that truly understands what T E A M means.

  11. Robbie - May 14, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Lebron won’t leave the midwest, its in his blood

  12. Antoine - May 14, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    As great as it would be for LeBron to end up in Chicago, I really don’t think we should get our hopes up. LeBron’s season just ended last night, and free agency doesn’t start for at least another month. Do you realize how many different rumors are going to be created in that amount of time?
    Sure, Chicago has the cap space, and the makeup of a team on the rise, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. Does he leave Cleveland, it’s possible, but not a guarantee. Honestly, I don’t believe many of these big name free agents will move to too many places at all. The one most likely to leave is Chris Bosh. Wade has been leaning towards staying in Miami for months, and LeBron just really hasn’t said much at all.
    EVERYTHING IS MERE SPECULATION at this point. I would love to see LeBron and maybe Bosh come to Chicago, but I’m not going to get my hopes up. I’ll believe it when I see it. Cause it’s brutal being a Bulls fan living in Detroit. LOL

  13. bullsfan60 - May 14, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    You mean #7. That’s the new number of championships that Chicago will have. Besides, LJ sounds like MJ. Nice ring to it.

  14. Tom in C-bus - May 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Cavs should sign him and trade him. His best years are behind him now. He quit on the court the last 2 games and he’s not the “leader” everyone wants him to be. You could tell by his lack of consistent competitiveness this series that he could care less about what happened. A real “leader” would have inspired his teammates to play better, but you all saw what happened the last 2 games…nothing out of him and nothing out of the team. Lebron is just over the top and starting on the down side of his career curve. His best year was in 2007 when the Cavs made the finals. He’s in need of a new city to boost his ginormous ego. He could care less about Cleveland and the organization or else he would have come out and said he’s signing to stay here. He’s going to get the most money any athlete could get no matter where he signs since he’s going to get a max contract. He’s a selfish person and player and you’ll see that after he leaves Cleveland. Sad to see him go, but probably time. He talks a mean game, but that’s all it is…talk.

  15. Joyce Bryant - May 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Lebron James is a human being like all of us is. Whatever his decision is, I am all for it. I will always be a Lebron James fan. People do not see that he had an injury and people still wanted him to show them a game, but he has a right to be tired like everyone else. It is no ones fault, maybe this is a lesson for the team and JESUS is sending a sign to focus as a team, not on one person all the time. I would love to see him continue with Cleveland, but only Lebron knows what he wants to do and swe all should be supported of what he does. It is only a game, not a ending life for everyone. His #1 fan forever

  16. Jon - May 14, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Lebron could be Spock for our Beloved Captain Kirk on the Bulls!!! This would be one way for an up and coming phenom team to really take off.

  17. vectorvictor - May 14, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Going out on a huge limb here but it’s my prediction. Phil Jackson despite whatever happens in LA during the playoffs is gone, has already stated that he will be coaching somewhere next year but does not know where. LeBron is giving up the #23 jersey in homage to Jordan…can’t wear that one in Chicago. Great fan base and great media market plus all the pieces are there for a supporting cast. So there it is…my prediction Jackson out of LA back to Chi town with LeBron and the triangle offense. LeBron wants to win to seal his legacy as one of the greats…can’t do that without winning a couple of championships.

  18. DaRocket - May 14, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    I think Miami is the sleeper in all of this.

  19. ken - May 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    The beauty of the 1st amendment is that we can be critics about anything and everything. I personally would love to see Lebron come to Chicag. He would come to one of the best young talents in the game. I am very im[ressed with him as a person as well as a basketball player. Remember he came in the league as a raw talent and he is now a leader for his team and an ambassador for the NBA. He has yet to let either of those affect his life. Sure he had a bad series. When Jordan came in the league, he was a ballhawk with a chip on his shoulder. He had something to prove. Mr. James (he does deserve our respect)has a lot to share. Just like every player in the NBA, they want to win and they want a championship. Why should King James be any different? He wants to be on a winning team. Loyalty was seriously castrated by owners for the luxury of money. You need more owners like Mark Cuban who have a love for the game. Lebron put monster numbers in the series, including the last game. He was trying to get his team mates in the flow of the game, which created turnovers. I would love to have Mr. Lebron “King” James in Chicago. If the Bulls barely crawled into the playoffs, they will be instant contenders for the championship. Chicago has become more of a family town and we will make Lebron and his family more than welcome.

  20. vectorvictor - May 14, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Going out on a huge limb here but it’s my prediction. Phil Jackson despite whatever happens in LA during the playoffs is gone, has already stated that he will be coaching somewhere next year but does not know where. LeBron is giving up the #23 jersey in homage to Jordan…can’t wear that one in Chicago. Great fan base and great media market plus all the pieces are there for a supporting cast. So there it is…my prediction Jackson out of LA back to Chi town with LeBron and the triangle offense. LeBron wants to win to seal his legacy as one of the greats…can’t do that without winning a couple of championships.

  21. DaRocket - May 14, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    I think Miami is the sleeper in all of this.

  22. JT Smo - May 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    He already put in his change of number for next year, he’s gonna wear #6…if this tells you anything…?

  23. Tarooq - May 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    He’s alredy changed his number for next year. He will be wearing number 6. He said he is personally retiring number 23

  24. Madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    He already applied for a jersey number change so wherever he goes, Ny CHI, or stays in the boondocks, he will be wearing #6.

  25. Brenda, Chicago - May 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Rose, Noah, Deng–and King James! Awesome!

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