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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. nick - May 14, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Miami is a bad idea – sure they have DWade, but thats about it. And I dont see how Lebron and Wade could play together – theyre both slashers and need the ball to create, and they both lack top-notch consistent jumperss, so its hard to play off of each other.
    They’d be a good playoff team, but not a championship contender.
    Im not a chicago fan but Chicago looks perfect…has a couple of guards than can actually drive towards the basket and can set up plays for him, rather than the other way around. It helps also that kirk heinrich is a great shooter. I can just see Rose penetrating into the paint, with lebron cutting towards the basket – it would be deadly. The thing is, Chicago would need a taller, more athletic centre or forward, and sign some more legitimate 3-point shooters. The Clippers are also a very good fit for Lebron.
    I also dont understand how people can think Lebron is over-hyped. His numbers are historically good. You can put him on any team in the league, and they’d be instant playoff second-rounders (even the wizards, nets, etc.). You cant say that about any other player in the league, even Kobe.

  2. Ryan - May 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    I thought he applied to change his number earlier this year.. He has stated several times 23 should be retired league-wide.

  3. WAldenIV - May 14, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    LeBron has already filed paperwork to change to #6 next season.

  4. madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Big problem for cleveland, they are in disarray, need a new coach, Mike Brown, nice guy, horrible in-game coach, would do better as a top assistent somewhere, but this has been the case for the past 2 yrs, and any GM that couldn’t see that ,just proves cleveland is 2nd rate organization, not only that they are stuck with the same roster,no chance of improving, no cap space and old shaq and jamison(should be jameson, played like he was drunk all series).Sorry cleveland, leBron is leGone, and you have no one to blame but your GM and owner for failing to put a coach and the right players around him, he aint gonna win there so bye-bye, besides C.C Sabathia has shown him around NYC and he knows how good it can be here when he wins>

  5. dan pensacola, fl - May 14, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    who cares where that high school graduate who majored in basketball goes – he is not grown up yet, he is still a kid and all the money in the world will do nothing because when his playing days are over what will he actually do besides go broke because he has no experience in anything other than basketball

  6. Lydian Tone - May 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/14/1264889/calipari-i-will-be-coaching-at.html

  7. Beowulf - May 14, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Amen

  8. SRP - May 14, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    He’s going to be wearing number 6 next year. He doesn’t like the MJ comparisons.

  9. o--town - May 14, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    James should come to Orlando and they would be unstoppable! The best offensice player and the best defensive player on the same team! The new arena would be filled with championship banners!

  10. Realistic - May 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Kirk Hinrich a great shooter? ROTFLMAO

  11. Kelly - May 14, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    He already talked about giving up the number 23 in honor of Jordan, even before all this talk of moving, so no worries.

  12. Omnius - May 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    If LeBoring James, the King of Choke, wants to win a championship then he better join the WNBA. Maybe Kobe and the Lakers will take pity on him and find a way to trade for him so Kobe can help the King of Choke become a champion. Even Shaq couldn’t help the overhyped media miscreation win a title.

  13. ken J - May 14, 2010 at 1:03 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.

  14. Stan - May 14, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    He already said he’s changing his number to 6 next year.

  15. madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Chicago , forget about it, lebron is not going to chicago, you got D.Rose and thats it, Noah’s ok, but face it he’s like varejo’s twin, lebron’s had enough of that.Phil Jackson is not going to Chicago. You struck lightning once with jordan, ain’t happening again. He’s coming to NYC, the best city in the world, and he’s bringing Bosh with him, which automatically makes them a top 4 team in the east. next year when we get rid of dead weight Chicago Curry, we can bring in another guy like C Paul and then we dominate for the next 8 yrs, Lebron is only 25, 2yrs younger then when your beloved MJ won his 1st ring. Lebron is not stupid, he knows Donnie Walsh has a solid plan and he is the centerpiece, and he wants to be King of the best city in the world, read it and weep!

  16. krok - May 14, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    who the HELL cares where he goes, he can’t win nothing ….

  17. Pat Gray, Cavendish, Vermont - May 14, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    LeBron ain’t no great shakes and proved it once again when it mattered in the playoffs. I can’t stand Kobe Bryant, but at least he leads his team when it counts. I think he should go to Boston, we would love to have him on the team as a backup to Rondo.

  18. Chance Garbison - May 14, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    He has already publicly said he wants to wear #6 next year, and as a sign of respect to MJ..wants the league to retire #23

  19. Jamie - May 14, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Is that because of Ryne Sandberg or Robin Ventura?

  20. Zac - May 14, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    He petitioned the league a couple of months ago for a new number next year.

  21. Sher - May 14, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    I hope he doesn’t come to the Bulls. He will take over the team, and all the young guys who are developing into great players will be pushed to the background. I know it’s all about winning, but I’d like to see them do it on their own.

  22. Dave - May 14, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    My bet is on the Yankees. Prolly have him DH.

  23. Ryan - May 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Lebron James is proving he’s not a legend by being switching to Chicago. A true great (Michael Jordan) builds up his team and makes them a champion. How pathetic is Lebron that he blows the last game with 9 turnovers and then in order to secure his “legacy” he will switch to a team that’s good to win a championship.
    Lebron James is a great basketball player but no michael jordan. Not even close. Michael Jordan had heart. He made last second shots when everything was on the line. He had a game face on always. Lebron had a good enough team to win the title, he just couldn’t do it. By running to a better team that will (hopefully) get him a title he’s just showing that he’s far from Jordan’s and even Kobe’s level.

  24. madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    I love the comments that lebron is washed up on the downside of his career at 25. Halarious, if he ends up in chicago, i am jumping off the Triboro(now RFK)bridge. D. Rose is gonna be a graet talent, in the mold of D.Wade or Iverson, that good, Lebron tneeds to play with a pass first guy, him and Rose would clash, just like him and D Wade. Bosh will be in NY or Miami, D wade is going nowhere, although I’m hearing his movie star mistress is pressing him to go to Ny to boost her fading career, he aint going to chi-town , see him and rose fighting over the ball. D wade was in town last week, perhaps apt shopping maybe? New York will return as basketballs mecca, with lebron on the throne!!

  25. Timothy A Guetling, El Monte, Ca. - May 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Who really cares what he does or goes, he is so yesterdays history. He may be good, but nowhere near the caliber BOSTON CELTICS OR Los Angeles Lakers or any other NBA champion. He hasn’t even passed SIR CHARLES,

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