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Report: Lebron James, John Calipari being shopped as package deal.

May 17, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_Thumbsup.jpgBuy one, get the second one at an exorbitant full price.

And it may be worth it. May.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are one of the team that have been approached about interest in a LeBron James and John Calipari package deal.

League sources said Sunday that noted NBA power broker William Wesley continues to work back channels to sell John Calipari and James as a package deal to franchises such as the Bulls, Nets and Clippers with coaching vacancies and salary cap room.

Another league source confirmed that an unknown Calipari connection contacted Bulls management over the weekend.

There are a lot of questions here. A lot. For each team that starts with the do you want to turn over control of your franchise to LeBron and Calipari. You’ll have your general manager in place, your team president, but don’t for a second think that anyone other than Team Lebron and Calipari will be running the show.

There also the on the court fits — plenty of people (myself included) wonder how smoothly a James and Derrick Rose pairing would fit. Two ball-dominating perimeter guys. Same would be true of the Nets if they win the lottery and get John Wall (who Calipari has coached). Even if not, the new billionaire Russian owner is not the ceding control type. The Clippers? Man I want to be in the meeting the first time someone tells owner Donald Sterling he needs a $10 million role player. Sterling would love to flirt with this idea, but when it came to actually signing the check, it would be a different story.

While this may be a rumor, the thought of Wesley doing this is not far fetched. But it happing are much longer odds.

  1. Randall - May 17, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    Why even mention the Clippers? Going there is an admission winning means nothing. Even the Nyets have a brighter future.

  2. Sguy2130 - May 17, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    Wouldn’t this be tampering? How ridiculous are these rumors? Is it really that hard a sell to put Lebron on someone’s team….lol. Thanks for reminding me why I don’t use this site very often

  3. Mo - May 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Why does LeBron think that Calipari is going to get him a ring. The book of college coaches succeeding at the NBA level is about as thick as a sex ed pamphlet in a college clinic. Calipari is 72–112 as a head coach in the NBA. After a couple of years under Calipari, he’ll be begging to get Mike Brown back.

  4. jim - May 17, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    What a disgrace he would be to leave Cleveland and Akron. This is home town and LOYALTY still means something in this world. At least it should. Lebron,,,you have many years to capture a title being only 25. Lets make it a title for the Cavaliers.

  5. john pileggi - May 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    While speculation and dreaming is fun, this kind of stuff is silly and disruptive. LeBron would be a tremendous addition to any team. More so, if that team has good management and leadership in place.

  6. king dave - May 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    I like this idea, go to the Bulls, keep #23, his and Koby’s Idol, then, I don’t know build a house out of cash!

  7. Newell - May 17, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    I think 7 years of loyalty is probably enough for us to expect from LeBron. He has more than paid his dues. At this point he may have serious doubts about Cavs mgmt., and how could one blame him. And he’s human; we all need a fresh start and a change of venue sometimes. And I am a lifelong Cavs fan.

  8. p - May 17, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Like some players have said, I too think Lebron James is over rated. He should be striped of the MVP. James is only showing off! Imagine what Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant (I don’t like Kobe)would have done in those situations James failed? Michael or Kobe would not let their team fall like that. They will put up a good fight. Please people, do not mention Lebron’s name with Michael, Kobe or dywane Wade. I thought Lebron and Antoine Jemison were good players untill this melt down.

  9. Joey - May 17, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    It’s time for Kentucky to demand a definitive answer from Calipari. If this rumor is true, he likely wouldn’t care what the university said, but if it’s just some ploy he’s using to get some extra money out of them then it’s time for them to call his bluff. They’re a big enough name that finding another top-tier coach will be easy. But with his track record, those top-level jobs are going to be much harder to come by if Calipari ends up leaving Kentucky in an ugly manner.

  10. banner18 - May 17, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    So now Jerry Reinsdorf is going to pay John Calipari $6-7 million annually, even though he didn’t want to pay Phil Jackson the same amount in 1997 and even though Calipari is a proven failure in the NBA? He’s just going to let LBJ choose his coach?
    This notion is just laughably absurd. These folks in the media will go to any length to torture Cavs fans and prop up your precious big markets, won’t they?

  11. Sports Fan With Attitude - May 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    LJ will NEVER be MJ…or Kobe or Magic or Bird. He has off the charts physical gifts obviously. Dude probably really could make it in the NFL too. That’s not the problem. The problem is that James is just too laid back and full of fun. He wants the fans to love his ass…winning is just a bonus if it happens! NO KILLER INSTINCT PERIOD. Plus who in the hell wants a college coach who already failed once in the NBA? Package deal? What a joke!

  12. studioguy - May 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Lebron is so overrated it is silly. A franchise like the Celtics is underplayed while the crybaby Lebron gets all the press. “Where is he going to go?” Who cares. That team will lose too. Just like Cleveland. I can prove it: Lebron cried about his supporting cast, managment responded by getting future hall of fame center Shaq and All Star Antwain Jameson.The result: Best record in regular season. Terrific. In the playoffs: The team quit. Not because the coach, the roll players, or the officiating. James gave up. Kobe would never allow that to happen. He has three championships, one coming from a team that had less talent then the Cavs had.

  13. studioguy - May 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Lebron is so overrated it is silly. A franchise like the Celtics is underplayed while the crybaby Lebron gets all the press. “Where is he going to go?” Who cares. That team will lose too. Just like Cleveland. I can prove it: Lebron cried about his supporting cast, managment responded by getting future hall of fame center Shaq and All Star Antwain Jameson.The result: Best record in regular season. Terrific. In the playoffs: The team quit. Not because the coach, the roll players, or the officiating. James gave up. Kobe would never allow that to happen. He has three championships, one coming from a team that had less talent then the Cavs had.

  14. hisson - May 17, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Labron is another great player that will never win a championship.
    Just look at the series against Boston Labron, mike Brown and the team quite. Down by 8 with 2 minutes to go and no fouls or defense agression, you have Rando (missing freethrows all night) with the ball in his hands and no foul to stop the clock. James on offense going one on four and turning the ball over all night, he either does not trust his team mates or is not a team player!
    Chicago let Cleveland keep him they have a all time all sport JINX

  15. Omnius - May 17, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    No one with an ounce of brains is going to want LeGone James, the King of Choke. He’ll want too much money and any team daft enough to take him on will rue the day they did.

  16. BigDanJonez - May 17, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    This whole thing was a set up from jump. LeBron threw the series to give himself an out. It’s so blatant is stinks to high heaven! I mean go back and watch that the last two games of the series. He wasn’t even trying to make his shots, he was throwing away the ball on purpose. Come on people, this has been in the works for months!

  17. Robert - May 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    LeBron to the L.A. Lakers in a sign-and-trade for Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum and Sasha Vujacic. If LeBron wants to win championships now (and often), this is the deal that will be made!!

  18. declaytor - May 17, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    The nba will love for Lebron to go to a west coast team; That’s the only chance that he and Kobe would ever meet in the playoffs because he (Lebron) obviously will never make it to the Finals while Kobe is still in his prime.

  19. CK Dexter Haven - May 17, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Have you ever lived in Akron?
    “Loyalty?” To a city? Seriously? To a sports franchise? Some of you people take that concept so seriously. It’s ridiculous. It’s a business. A business that tries to encourage ‘fandom’ because it’s good for business. Period.
    Akron is no prize. I suffered four years there, and have not many pleasant things to say about it. Regardless, we’re talking about a person who has options. I, for one, if given the choice of places to live and work, would never choose Ohio. No other sane person would either, if they’ve had exposure to other places and the opportunity to make a decision not bound by finances.

  20. bighead 66 - May 17, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Enough of Lebron already. WIN something and earn the so called nicknames. Did anyone notice that the playoffs are still going on without the NBA’s poster boy for choking not being part of it? He’d better hope that John Wall garners more attention than him next year. Just like Tony Romo is thanking his lucky stars for that useless overrated Tammy Tebow. Good grief make him earn something..!!

  21. Austin - May 17, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    why bash on the clippers? they have hella way better talent then New Jersey Nets and plus who the hell wouldn’t mind living in one of the greatest cities with one of the biggest media markets in the whole USA.

  22. luffy - May 18, 2010 at 4:20 AM

    Chicago would be the best fit for Lebron, I’m a Lakers fan but if Lebron wants to win a championship or be in the finals, Bulls is the place to be. You have Noah, Hinrich, Rose and Deng. Plus I think Bulls Jersey # 6 could possibly top the sales next season if it happens…
    If he decides not to leave however, Please, pretty please get rid of Mike Brown and Ilgauskas immediately…

  23. Tolga - May 18, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Give Lebron a break guys. He is just 25 years old. Jordan was 28 when he got his first ring. All Lebron needs is a second man who can step up when Lebron is not doing well (like Kobe did for Shaq, or Shaq did for Dwayne or Pippen did for Olojuwan) and a coach who can coach a team with a big star player. Lebron will probably dominate the league after 2012. He needs time to mature and develop his leadership skills.
    I hope he will go to another team (hopefully Knicks).

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