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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. DarinD - May 14, 2010 at 8:33 PM

    Lebron is know better than Shawn Kemp, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Domonique Wilkens, Reggie Miller or any of the other stars with great talent and no Championship. The media has made him to be God Like. Each year around this time the media scrambles to find excuses as to why he has failed yet again to win the prize. Does it matter where he goes? Lebron will not win a title period.

  2. J.J - May 14, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    The Knick’s are a bad fit…even if they add LeBron and Bosh, who else do they really got…David Lee??? Daniel Gallanari??? Chris Duhon??? Might as well stay in Cleveland. If LeBron is a looking for a balance of $$$ AND a team that could be an instant title contender, it would have to be the Bulls.

  3. terry - May 14, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Lebron wants to WIN. The Cavs have had 7 years to find the players to compliment him and they haven’t come close. The Bulls have the players in place and the cap space to get more and Chicago does seem a good place for him to go.

  4. terry - May 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    DarinD – MJ didn’t win a title until his 7th season. Jerry Krause got to Chicago in 1986. Jordan was there. With the exception of Michael Jordan EVERY SINGLE PLAYER AND COACH on those 6 title winning teams was brought there by Jerry Krause.
    No one can do it by himself – it can’t be done. You HAVE to have the players around you. Jerry Krause got them for MJ, the Cavs had 6 years to do it for James and they’re not even close. The Bulls have the players in place and James would complete the puzzle.
    Then let the reign of terror begin.

  5. CP3 - May 14, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    He already stated earlier in the season that he thinks the number 23 should be retired in the NBA and nobody should wear it, he also stated that next year he will wear the # 6.
    so I’m actually going on the NBA store right now to order a custom Bulls and New York jersey with custom last name of James and #6, then I can rock it before it’s even official.

  6. luffy - May 14, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Going to Chicago will be the best move that he will make for both the franchise and himself, there he could continue the bulls dynasty. If he does that, I’m sure next season we’re gonna see a Lakers-Bulls Finals again.
    This is one wicked line-up, a real run and gun team…
    PG – Hinrich
    SG – Rose
    C – Noah
    SF – LBJ
    PF – Gibson/Deng

  7. 305 - May 14, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    the smart choice is lebron in miami, miami will keep d wade and has room for 2 elite players, no one and i mean no other team will have more to offer then miami. the closes is chicago where they can sign 2 players but rose is no d wade.chicago has no coach and calipari says hes staying at uk.and the x factor will be pat riley coming back to coach the heat. remember miami was never considered when shaq was available until the very end. pat riley will make miracles this off can count bosh in miami so lebron will be the other piece of the pie. miami is the only team in nba who can sign 3 yes 3 elite players, as long as one of them is d wade.

  8. Lamont - May 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    LeBron is regular season MVP but Kobe is the MVP during the Playoffs WHEN it counts! LeBron’s MVP is nothing when you ain’t got no ring. LeBron vs. Kobe? I’ll pick Kobe over LeBron ALL DAY BABY! LOL

  9. Brian - May 14, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    This Chicago talk really came up big time in just the last couple weeks. I think he really wants to play for a contender, and soon — like next season. There are a lot of “big name” free agents this summer so I guess if James and 1 other wanted to go to any city that could make that team an instant contender. I think Lebron would be best suited with a big man (like Bosh, Dwight Howard, Bosh among some others) or a good shooter. Lebron and Wade would be scarier together, but they both like to handle the ball and slash to the hoop and neither is a great shooter over the long haul. Chicago is a possibility and Wade coming up makes the idea more possible. My best guess would be Lebron going to Orlando to play with Dwight Howard of going to New York with Chris Bosh.

  10. First Chioce - May 14, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    madmike721 – you are nuts homie! who is currently your NY Squad?
    I mean really? Does NY even have a all star? I mean they haven’t made the play offs in what 5 or 6 years? At the very least the Bulls have made the play offs 2 years in a row.
    Lets face it … he knows where he is going and if its Chicago than so be it, If it’s NY again … so be it but lets not start talking crazy about other teams that really do have a chance and or have decent sqauds.
    LB is his own man, I’m sure he needs a big city and a different set of players around him. Does he fit in the CHI … I dont think he does but i’m sure they can change as would any team.
    While yes there is few teams with money and or cap room but which have the potential of wining and wining FAST … yes this kid is 25y/o but I really think he wants to 1 up some current and past plays in the Ring area.
    Another issue LB has stated that he doesn’t want a 6 or 7 year deal so should he not win FAST he will again skip town. I think he is like Shaq with the Magic …. Shaq got them to finals but when he left to join the lakers he won it all.
    So lets count down the days and see how many crazy rumors are spread in what 45days I think free agency starts :)

  11. DoneinCLE - May 14, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    I would like to buy LeBron a tattoo. One of the bottom of my shoe on his ass!! Won’t go to CHI, if he doesn’t win there, will say he’s not as good as MJ. And of course LBJ thinks he’s better than MJ. Won’t go to Knicks, years again from getting the players HE wants to win it all. MIA seems to be the best choice, no one player in charge down there, so he can take his BS down there and ruin that franchise too. Sounds like the movie High Plains Drifter with all these cities courting LBJ. “you can have whatever you want in this town.”

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  14. madmike721 - May 14, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Well the Knicks had an All-star, David Lee, so did Chicago, Derek Rose,not Yannick Noah, so drop him from discussions of a premier player, this is basketball, not tennis, until he makes an All-star game,stop mentioning him as a premier player….Can we?? this kid is a brilliant young man and the average layperson gives him no credit, he literally came from dirt, and has made himself from talent, by out-working the competition. Everybody falls down , has a bad day, but we all have our own path to grind. He don’t care about Jordan, except for the fact, that Jordan is a primary idol… Like Roberto clemente was mine, and Willie Mays, he is not competing against Jordan, it is the media that pits him against Jordan. Case closed. If he goes to Chicago, until he wins 7 rings, he will be second to his AIRNESS. In NY win 1 or 2, he transcends anything anyone has done, partially because you got 4 major papers, and more media than all these smaller media towns and outlets. Front Page of GQ, People, Esquire, Playboy, you name it! And therefore, becomes a media giant,and steps up and claims the mantle that kobe, tiger, dropped. Believe me he is surrounded by a team that knows this.

  15. madmike721 - May 15, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Also. making playoffs as an 8th seed means absolutely nothing, they have no chance of winning, although the Cavs were so bad it let you dream and feel that the bulls are actually better than they really are,…. but has an 8th seed ever accomplished anything?…NO, its just away to give TNT and ESPN, more revenue.

  16. Robert M - May 15, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    LeBron to L.A., but not the Clippers … He’ll move to L.A. in a sign-and-trade with the Lakers for Bynum, Odom and Vuajcic … Done deal, LeBron will be wearing the Purple and Gold next season … It’s the only scenario that makes sense, if he wants to win multiple championships now!!

  17. Gerald - May 15, 2010 at 5:43 AM

    LeBron will definitely look at all his options; however, when it’s all said and done, I believe LeBron will stay in Cleveland.

  18. Frank - May 15, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    I think he should play for the Browns. They need some help.

  19. Frank - May 15, 2010 at 7:38 AM

    I think he should play for the Browns. They need some help.

  20. Kevin Williams - May 15, 2010 at 7:53 AM

    Yeah – LeBron James shootig the bull:))))

  21. Bill Brown - May 15, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Rumor from the back room way back is that LMJ wants to come to Minnesota with the T-Puppies and catch big fish.

  22. Frank - May 15, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    He does that after every game, genius.

  23. Mike - May 15, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Yea also, if he doesn’t want to wear number 23 because of its relationship to Jordan’s legacy, do you really think he’d play on Jordan’s stage, the team he made? I don’t think so.

  24. BBALL - May 15, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    23 to 6 eh?
    Um yeah, has anyone heard of Bill Russell?
    If ANY number is considered of being retired league wide, it’s that one. :)

  25. Jusus - May 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Get paid Labron go where you’ll get the most money

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