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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 

170 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Dexter Smith - May 17, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    It will take more than this Alabama porch monkey to save the bulls. The coach needed a whip because he quit on his team like his ancestors quit picking cotton.

  2. aLEX - May 17, 2010 at 1:59 AM


  3. Catch - May 17, 2010 at 7:09 AM

    If he goes anywhere it’s Chicago. You guys are crazy he won’t play with Wade, his ego is too big. He wants to be a legend and the main guy on his own team. For all we know and all he knows Wade is just as good as him or maybe even better. You know the only real winner in this FA class is Wade. He’s the only one with a ring. Lebron will be compared to MJ wherever he goes so it don’t matter. You think he can handle the pressure in NY when he couldn’t handle it in frickin Cleveland? Chicago is his only move if he moves. If he stays it’ll be bc of loyalty and he will be bitter about it later.. a huge mistake. Ask KG. Who the heck wants to be in Cleveland their entire lives??

  4. Mike - May 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Labron to the Bulls and 6 more.

  5. Casey Sirmans - May 18, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    lebron has already said he wasnt wearing 23 next year anyways even if he wasnt going 2 the bull. just respect for micheal jordan…. lebron with the #6 jersey… wow.. sells r gonna be crazy.. hope lebron & wade takes a pay cut and joins together… rose, james, noah, wade… dream team….

  6. Anonymous - May 18, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    dang didnt lebron shut down rondo in a whole 1st half…. back up… ha! they shouldnt even be mentioned in the same sentence when mentioning greatness

  7. booby - May 18, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    lebron should go to…..deez nuts

  8. Not kobe - May 19, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Kobe is a rapist and a egomaniacal wus.

  9. GetSmart - May 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Don’t be so judgmental about NBA players. Lebron has to do what’s best for him and his goals, one of which is to be an NBA champion. So what if he makes a lot of money doing what he does! You would go where the money is if it was an option for you too! You are just a classic hater! Get a damn life!

  10. Handyjayy - May 24, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    I have entertained the team with Le bron and Dwade on the bulls team they will become a new powerhouse to for years to come

  11. Basketball23fannarama - May 25, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I think Lebron’s headed for Chicago!

  12. LebrontoWN - May 25, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    that’s a 99% chance he’s going to chicago!

  13. Bob Hedges - May 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Chicago would be a nice change of pace for LeBron and he would fit it with the other players very nicely. It’s also in the Midwest and close to Akron if he wants to visit his family.

  14. torrance247 - May 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    ooooohhhh brother! does anybody follow b-ball here. you are all lemmings.the media rings the bell and you all follow. bron james is not playing with d-wade. both want the ball. chris bosh may sign with the cavs. he doesnt seem like he would be interested in the high murder rate in chicago. or the flip-flop NY fans and media. for that reason no superstar would go there. these guys may stay where they are and pave there own way in NBA future. bron- bron will get championships, when he matures into a Kobe, KG, D-wade, Shaq of old days type player. but lemmings it will be with the B>d A$$ Cavaliers.

  15. No - Jun 4, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Yeah big pile of WRONG here. Knicks have most cap space, and fewest players locked in. Interesting how Knicks fans think they are somehow going to lock in James, Bosh, and Wall. HAHA. Can’t happen. Look for a sign and trade with Deng coming from the Bulls, and James getting the MAX contract he deserves. Rose is best when he has a guy ready to take a pass. Rose can score and Pass. Not sure about the Zen Master coming home, but the King would be a perfect fit in Chicago. Best surrounding cast out of the contenders with enough Cap Space. Clippers, Knicks, and Nets have sparse teams to fill around James. Miami would be a tough sell with 2 guys that like 20 shots a game. Cleveland is still a piece short with James. Chicago has the ability to give him what he wants most. The most money and the soonest chance to win.

  16. Smasher - Jun 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Wake up folks! It doesn’t matter where Lebron ends up – the team will still not win the NBA title. The team that signs him is kidding itself if it believes that he will make the difference. However, he will sell tickets and merchandise which is what sports are all about – MONEY!

  17. exactly - Jun 14, 2010 at 2:48 AM


  18. Jon - Jun 18, 2010 at 5:26 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.”
    It’s human nature to want your cake and eat it too. It’s inevitable, destiny, that he or she who has something special, finds their place. To encourage them to stay with you, simply because you want them to and you think they’re selfish to leave, is asking for too much. If lebron feels that he can do better then it’s his choice to leave, not yours. It’s not selfish of him. You should encourage him to reach his fullest potential. That means to spread his wings and to see what’s possible.
    Sometimes loyalty is blind. Just like love.

  19. Kyla Dionne' - Jul 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM


  20. HAHA Kyla Dionne - Jul 9, 2010 at 5:26 AM

    He’s going to Miami, Bitch!! Haha good luck Chicago!!

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