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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. WAldenIV - May 14, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    LeBron already filed paperwork with the league during the season to change to #6 next year. Odd choice considering that Bill Russell and Julius Erving both wore #6.

  2. NC Sports - May 14, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Mr. Jordan, get out your checkbook and bring LeBron to Charlotte.

  3. Anonymous - May 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Varejao couldn’t average a double double to save his life. Noah and Varejao are NOT the same players. Where do you people come from??? LOL

  4. King to the Clippers - May 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    LBJ as a clipper, Name a better team to go to right now and win. The BULLS but if he goes and his team fails EVERYONE will say “hes no MJ”. Now the NETS a team in rebuilding mood. Sure they might get john wall, and they would get rid of Harris who is a proven PG in the NBA but Wall may take a few years to be good(may) and now the Knicks. a team in rebuild mood for the last what 10 years. They will woo the sh*t out of LBJ and then he signed and he will go okay who else did we get. not wade. why wade cant be a teammate or second option player. plus in the clutch he doesn’t deliver. Bosh maybe, have david lee good. In about two years they will be good BUT and a big BUT all those teams are in the EAST! meaning take on the WEST for the finals. and NOW we come to my beloved CLIPPERS, the team i have loved for every 26 years of my life. the perfect fit. NO PRESSURE TO WIN!!! A STATEMENT TO HIM ABILITY. We would need to restructure either B. Davis or C. Kamen’s contract but okay. look, get LBJ and another name. either davis and kamen (or both) be a team player and restructure their contracts. Starting line up. PG Baron Davis SG Eric Gordon (or other player) SF LeBRON James PF Blake Griffen (or other player) C Chris Kamen. Bench Steve Blake, Rasual Butler DeAndre Jordan and keep either Craig Smith or Drew Gooden

  5. Matthew - May 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Madmike,
    You sure have a wild imagination. Why don’t you throw Howard, Kobe, Bogut, Wade, Durant and every other all-star into your little Knickerbocker fantasy.

  6. pmaccdhs - May 14, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    If he changed his number to 6 that would match his IQ.

  7. Favorites Don't Always Win - May 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM

    Don’t ever rule out Mark Cuban and $2 billion dollars with nothing else to do but be focussed on basketball. It’s obvious Dirk and his surrounding cast will only go so far and Cuban cares nothing about a luxury tax.
    Dallas could be a darkhorse in all of this.

  8. madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Varejao in Chicago could avg a double-double, look I see David lee getting double doubles everynight with my sorry Knicks, while I like D Lee, I understand he’s doing it on a bad team, very good player, but not great, and not perennial all-star caliber, I like Noah, and he is better than varejao, buts let’s not getting carried away about any of these guys. Lee is probaly the best out of all of them, Noah plays hard and hustles his ass off, stop it Chicago, you got one all-star,Rose, and some decent players, don’t get carried away. If he wants to go some where with young talent look out for jersey. R Lopez is probaly the best out of the young centers, and if they get J Wall, with the new owner jay-z and brooklyn, hey you never know, Chicago, no way!

  9. rhino40 - May 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Call me crazy, and I’m sure many of you will, but I think Lebron should go to the Utah Jazz. Here is a team that was severely handicapped with the loss of Okur and Kirilenko and still managed to beat Denver and make it tough on the Lakers. If Okur had not been hurt I can pretty much guarantee you that Gasol would have been neutralized and that would have been all the edge the Jazz needed. It looks like Boozer is probably going to go somewhere else this. I say they trade Kirelenko and the lottery pick in the process. that should free up enough cap for Lebron. Then he would be teamed with the best PG in the NBA in Derron Williams, not to mention the toughest grittiest coach in the NBA in Jerry Sloan. I’m telling you, it would be a championship for sure.

  10. Serg - May 14, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I think Argentina will win the 2010 World Cup.

  11. Magic_Li - May 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    I’ll go with D-Wade to Chicago, LeBron to NYC.

  12. Thunderman - May 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Dream on KitKat….the Sonics don’t even want to play here in Oklahoma City, why would LeBron !

  13. paul - May 14, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    LePooch is going to take all his little friends with him to NY and have a miserable 7-8 years.
    The Dolans can screw up a free lunch

  14. Colin - May 14, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    U people are nuts to think he’s not coming to NY. Have you seen his ego? He’s not playing in MJ’s shadow in Chicago. He loves the Yankees, JayZ, NYC and MSG. This is the only city that can fit that ego. Of course the Knicks have stunk the last few years. Guess what they can do a 180 by adding Bosh to the mix. It doesn’t matter how bad they WERE. He’s coming to NY.

  15. Rhino40 - May 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    call me crazy, and I’m sure many of you will, but I think Lebron should go to the Utah Jazz. Here is a team that was severely handicapped with the loss of Okur and Kirilenko and still managed to beat Denver and make it tough on the Lakers. If Okur had not been hurt I can pretty much guarantee you that Gasol would have been neutralized and that would have been all the edge the Jazz needed. It looks like Boozer is probably going to go somewhere else this. I say they trade Kirelenko and the lottery pick in the process. that should free up enough cap for Lebron. Then he would be teamed with the best PG in the NBA in Derron Williams, not to mention the toughest grittiest coach in the NBA in Jerry Sloan. I’m telling you, it would be a championship for sure.

  16. Ron - May 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Clippers will land him.

  17. mark - May 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    Uve got to be kidding me…If lebron ever had half the supporting cast that kobe has had he prob would have already surpassed him in rings!!!

  18. ken - May 14, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    go to the Lakers & play with Kobe…and Phil.

  19. [a] proxy - May 14, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    GO LAKERS! ENOUGH SAID!

  20. madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Matthew
    mark my words, Donnie Walsh is gonna bring in some serious talent, like I’ve never seen since Frazier-Monroe-Bradly-DeBuschere-Reed,etc, this man has a plan,and phase 2 begins july 10. It’s the end of an error(Isaih), and a new era has begun. In Walsh we trust!I am not to sure about Dantoni, but the players like his uptempo style and he has olympic connects, so we’ll see

  21. Mr. Reality - May 14, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Where-ever he goes, he is going to have to rebuild, in that amount of time some youngster will pass him by. Look at Sir Charles, Carl M., George G., Elgin B., Patrick E., even Shaquille O., and others. In the words of “Groucho Marx”, ___whatsamatteryou____!

  22. Mr. Reality - May 14, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Where-ever he goes, he is going to have to rebuild, in that amount of time some youngster will pass him by. Look at Sir Charles, Carl M., George G., Elgin B., Patrick E., even Shaquille O., and others. In the words of “Groucho Marx”, ___whatsamatteryou____!

  23. madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    HAHaHa
    you so crazy!…

  24. Boston Celtics fore-ever - May 14, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    hey now, that’s a good one. You are an original thinker.

  25. ish - May 14, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Joyce Bryant
    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
    “You sure your not a kobe fan???? if you are his #1 fan change your last name” :)

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