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Bulls plan to get LeBron – get Bosh first

Jun 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

cbosh_dunk.jpgWhen the midnight bell strikes tonight and phone lines light up across the NBA, the Chicago Bulls are not going to call LeBron James.

Oh, they want him. Big time. They will be in Cleveland to make their pitch to him. But the Bulls think the way to James’ heart is not through fancy dinners but rather through building a winner.

And Chris Bosh is the cornerstone to that — frankly just Bosh with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah could be very good — which is why he is getting the first call, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The strategy is brilliant, because while LeBron is the big prize Bosh is the lynchpin to it all. Plus getting Bosh would thwart the plans in Miami, New York, Toronto, Houston and other cities. And isn’t screwing over other teams part of the fun?

The problem with locking up Bosh fast is that he has options. And he’ll want to listen to them.

He’d also like max money — not free agency max money, but sign-and-trade max money. That presents all sorts of problems. Starting with: What talent would the Bulls be willing to give up, and the Raptors accept, in a Bosh trade? Luol Deng clearly would be a part of any deal, but what if Toronto demands Taj Gibson, too? At what point is the price too steep.

Then, if Bosh is brought in on a sign-and-trade, would LeBron come in as a free agent making a little bit less?

The current crop of free agents have all talked about sacrificing to win, but the size of contracts is an ego thing that is in play in every NBA locker room. Contracts help determine pecking order, determine who the big dog is. If Bosh were making more than LeBron — when LeBron was the better player and would be asked to carry more of the load — how would that sit with LeBron.

It could be an issue. But it is one Chicago is willing to risk, because just having Bosh would be a win. So he gets the first call.

  1. idicula1979 - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    I think our best chance, speaking as a Chicago Bulls fan is if we can entice Pual eirce to play( and significantly below max. contract pay) for his defensive guru in Tom Thibodeau ( after all the ranting and raving the about his coaching you would think this is a no brainer) and then if he can also sell Lebron James in playing for him in Chicago ( you know what they say, if you cant veat them join them)

  2. Justicio - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I don’t think Bosh making more than James would bother him. James can only make 2 amounts: the max for a free agent, or the extra money with Cleveland. Cleveland is not going to do a sign and trade. If he wants the cash, he will stay in Cleveland.
    This hypothetical Chicago team, though is James’ best chance to win multiple rings. Wade and Amare are much older than Rose and Bosh. Chicago is the place to be for James.
    Nike can also run MJ/Lebron adds. The Bulls brand is up with the Lakers in international appeal because of MJ. James will make tons more money in Chicago on ads that it will offset whatever the max deal would have given him.

  3. Nick - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    All this is just a bunch of bull!

  4. pwb0815 - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    James will stay in Cleveland and Bosh will join him.

  5. rose/ballboy/lebron/bosh/noah = championship - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Impossible. Clevland doesnt have any players the Raptors would want.

  6. David - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    I agree with you. Cleveland has $30M cash up front for James (not to mention, he just got $100M from Nike)Im a Cleveland fan and would love to see it. Not to mention, James is home with family and friends. I was happy we got Shaq, he just did not do the job. Bosh will!

  7. David - Jun 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Toronto will take anyone they can get, even me! Only made the playoffs 5 times and only made it past 1st round once (2000-2001). They need to start from gound up, so clearing up money makes sense.

  8. T. Rogers - Jun 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    I think it makes sense to get Bosh first. Of the two I think Bosh is more valuable to Chicago than LeBron. With Noah and Bosh up front the Bulls will have an excellent front court even without LeBron. If LeBron goes a different way they can still get Joe Johnson. That would be an excellent starting line up.

  9. t - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Bosh has pretty much said he will wait to see jat Lebron does. The Bulls are right to try it but Bosh wants to wait and see. Why should or would he rush he has nothing to gain by signing right away

  10. bubba - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    bosh and joe johnson would be fine by me.

  11. Orlando - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    The only team that has the depth of players to do a sign and trade with Toronto or Cleveland is Orlando. Orlando is going to surprise everyone and have the best defensie and offensive players on the same team. Howard, Bosh, James, Nelson and Lewis. Now that is a starting lineup!

  12. Chris - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Delusional people think CHI will get Bosh in a S&T. TOR will ask for more than broken down Deng. Plus, you think Chicago’s cheapskate owners will be interested in paying FOUR guys (Rose, Noah, Bosh, FA) max dollars? Nope! I see them possibly getting Boozer and maybe Johnson and that’s still a damn good team and won’t mess up chemistry too much. To the Orlando fan smoking the world’s finest weed, what do they have to offer TOR or CLE? Vinsanity? LMAO!!! Washington will take him because they are interested in making questionable moves. No one wants Lewis. Gortat can be moved, but he doesn’t make max money and how bad to teams really want him? Why don’t you include them getting Kobe too?

  13. Orlando - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Vince and Gortat to Toronto for Bosh. Redick, Barnes and Bass to Cleveland for James. Orlando is the only logical place for someone who wants to win to go. Wait and see!

  14. T. Rogers - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Yeah, but I don’t believe much of what these guys say at this point. Bosh knows that he could just as easily go to Miami with Wade and be in just as good a position. LeBron wants to feel like the big fish, so go ahead and let him. But when the clock strikes midnight on 7/1 it is all business. And in business people look at their own best interests first. Remember, LeBron actually needs Chris Bosh more than Bosh needs him.

  15. Bullogne - Jun 30, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    No way, ur dumb, if James stays the cavs won’t have any cap for bosh

  16. Dan Beck - Jun 30, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    you are an idiot.
    the end

  17. brunet - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    lakers are best what am i sayin kobe is best

  18. DABULL23 - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:32 PM


  19. Nick - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    Wow, everybodys an expert. I dont think anybody really has a clue in what will happen come July. There are many options and big time players have surprised before. Chicago, Miami, New York, etc all have the possibility to get two of the big free agents. But you also have to consider all the sign and trade options that add numerous more teams in the mix. Im not even going to try and figure this out. The thing Im most sure of is that Wade will likely stay in Miami with one of three other players, Bosh, Boozer, or Amare. Theres even the outside shot they get three big free agents but I think they will fill holes rather than get the third big free agent.

  20. Reeddon - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Lebron will stay in cleveland, Obtain Bosh in a sign and trade for Varrejo(however you spell his name) J.J. Hickson, and Delonte West. The Bulls Will end up getting Joe Johnson, Miami will pick up Amare

  21. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    If James stays in cleveland there is one possible way to get Bosh, do a sign and trade, for J.J Hickson, Delonte West, and Varrejo(however you spell it) that will be 17.81 mil in space about the Max Bosh will make becoming a free agent.

  22. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Championship still runs through Kobe. L.A. or anywhere else. Runs through Kobe. James: Non factor.

  23. Anonymous - Jun 30, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    It will take James, Wade and Bosh to beat Kobe. And that is a hope.

  24. Indynoplac - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    Kobe needed Ron Artest to win the series for him. Nothing else to say.

  25. asdaf - Jul 1, 2010 at 2:57 AM

    exactly. They almost lost to thunder got saved thanks to other players, almost lost to celtics and almost lost suns. What did kobe do the whole time? He was taking a million shots making only 20-25% and he still gets mvp? If it wasnt for gasol specially in the last game lakers were done. Media just wants to hype kobe up so they can make money off of these fools.

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