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It's not just you, NBA executives think LeBron will be a Bull, too.

Jun 27, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for James_interview.jpgYou watched the draft day moves by the Chicago Bulls, saw they freed up almost enough room for two max guys to go along side Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, and you thought, “That is where LeBron is going to go.”

You are not alone.

According to one NBA executive who spoke with the New York Times, LeBron is ChiTown bound.

The executive, who did not want to be identified discussing a player who is not yet a free agent, said he had gathered from discussions with his fellow N.B.A. executives that James was strongly leaning toward joining the Bulls in tandem with another free agent, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors.

“I think it’s a done deal,” the executive said….

But their proposals will be without the flair and drama of a free-agent tour, because James has decided to have everyone come to him. Various teams, like the Knicks, had lined up chefs and celebrities to help attract James, but with the meetings in Ohio, the discussion will be about rosters, not restaurants.

“He is going to make a basketball decision, so all that is unnecessary,” the executive said. “He just saved a lot of people a lot of money.”

What we’ve learned: That NBA executives are thinking just like you. But until we get real word from LeBron and his inner circle, we don’t know.

Still, I’d rather be Chicago than just about any other team right now. Even Cleveland.

  1. boston blackie - Jun 27, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Who Cares!

  2. vinnie - Jun 27, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    hey when lebron wins the ring for chicago it will be a hollow celaebration .. a parade down michigan ave.will be a joke he belongs in cleveland and nowhere else!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. JSHARK - Jun 27, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Why would anyone want to walk into an arena everyday that has a statue of any previous superstar player.He’ll never get into the hearts of the fans there.He should create his on superstar world in “Cleveland”.

  4. DA BULLS - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    I sense some very upset Cavaliers fans here. I think hes staying…
    vinne- Do you really think the city of Chicago would throw a “hallow celaebration” (

  5. toast - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Awesome

  6. lakerfan - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    lebron is a loser and he’ll remain so until he goes to LA!

  7. Drew - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    If you’re serious about winning a championship, it would be pretty foolish to turn this opportunity down. If Bosh signs on, this is like the Big Three in 2008 for Boston. That’s a 65-70 win team. I know there are Laker and Cavalier fans who are dreading this move, but this is the best scenario for Lebron.

  8. Matt - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    For all the people out there who say that lebron won’t be treated like a legend in chicago you don’t know crap. Jordan hasn’t played for the bulls in 12 years and when you go through the likes of eddy curry and aaron gray, lebron seems like a god!! in regards to the statue, its not like MJ is posted up at halfcourt of the United Center anyway!! WHEN lebron comes here he’ll learn that fans here are every bit the fans in cleveland are, probably better (as shown by the attendance numbers even when the bulls totally sucked)

  9. tradewinds - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Bosh is waiting his ride to go to LALand, ho ho ho
    he will be joining forces with Kobe to strengthen the dynast of winning NBA championships
    can you remember that bosh is always a spectator in LA during the 2010 NBA finals? so think and start from there, he he he

  10. Common Sense 101 - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    What do athletes compete for? ” A championship!” Let’s get this straight first; Lebron had more ($) than any club can offer him right now before he even stepped on the hardwood. Now that we know money is not a factor, deduct any team that has not been to the playoffs in the last say five years. You are left with two probable candidates. Chi-Town & Miami. Even with the addition of two superstars or even three on most of these teams, add LBJ & it still is a rebuilding process. Any team that wins a championship has to have good role players. Deduct Miami, & what are you left with. CHICAGO. Math is the universal language that doesnot lie.

  11. Bill-Sonora - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Thats so funny!
    But you know what?
    Youre right.
    Lakers #1 – 16 TIMES

  12. dorothy - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    WHO GIVES A RATS BUTT WHERE HE GOES. PHIL JACKSON WILL RETIRE. LAKER FAN BIG TIME HERE.

  13. TC - Jun 27, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Yeah, Kareem, Magic and Worthy were really scared about playing in the “shadows” of Mikan, Baylor, West and Chamberlain.
    I bet Bird, McHale and Parish were just terrified about having to live up to the legacy of Russell, Cousin, Auerbach and Cowens.
    And Kobe and Shaq, they were really intimidated by the ghosts of Magic and Kareem, etc.
    Oh, and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, they weren’t motivated at all by trying to live up the Celtics’ legendary past.
    Something tells me that LeBron is just shaking in his Nikes thinking of how intimidating, scary and career-crushing playing in the “shadow” of Jordan and the six titles.
    Guess what, folks? LeBron is already in Jordan’s “shadow,” and will be regardless of whatever uniform he wears. If he can ascend to glory with a few titles of his own, why not do it in the red and black of Jordan and the Bulls?

  14. Sean - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    LeBron’s not going to LA unless they get rid of Ball Hogg Bryant, and that’s not happening

  15. Chris Tifer - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    “Who Cares!”
    You’re probably right. No one cares at all where LeBron ends up.

  16. WALL - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    I heard he was heading to the Orlando Magic and that Mickey Mouse was handing the keys to the Kingdom over to him!!! Just what I heard! THATS GOOFY !!!:)

  17. Lakers4Lyfe - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    When LeBron has even one ring, I’ll care. As it is, he is half way through his career and failed at even the basics of a team sport.

  18. Dan - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    You do, Blackie. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have read the article AND commented on it.

  19. Pce_Yourself - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Regarding the Jordan references….I think the Yankees have some statues also and it doen’t seem to slow down the flow of talent going their way…. The Jordan references are silly

  20. Murray - Jun 27, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    considering LeBron has doing nothing to get the Cavs into the Finals I don’t care where he ends up. It’s not just the team that is around him either, he played good against Boston… but the much older team in green was able to slow him down, push him out of the paint and Rondo forced turn over after turn over. What is being on he Bulls going to give him? I don’t give a flying (*&^ about the ‘King’, the player in the NBA with the least amount of fouls called against him and the most called against anyone within 6 feet of him. Look it up naysayers… the stats are out there.

  21. TC - Jun 27, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Amen, JSHARK. I bet Jeter and his five rings are just TERRIFIED of having to play in Ruth’s, Gehrig’s, DiMaggio’s, Mantle’s and Jackson’s shadows.

  22. Henry - Jun 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    You obviously don’t know much about NBA history. At this point in his career was when Michael Jordan won his first championship, and he had been in college 3 years. For all the people who don’t care, why are you reading the article and commenting? You look hypocritical.

  23. brad dickey - Jun 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM

    To show the world that your statue will be bigger.
    DUH! Why does anyone play any sport, to show they were better than the one before and the one they face. What a stupid question. You are one of those treehugger, “wanna make the world a better place” folks aren’t you. Afraid of confrontation, make em all happy!

  24. bowlrmark - Jun 27, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Bosh is softer than Gasol; Kobe feels Bosh has a weak work ethic, so most likely, it won’t happen.

  25. Mark - Jun 27, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    why do readers that claim they ‘don’t care about lebron or lebron news’ consistently take the time to read these articles and post a comment? lol

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