On July 1st the LeBron James sweepstakes officially begins. He is expected to field offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls. But, an unnamed NBA team executive tells the New York Times that you can pretty much consider LeBron a Chicago Bull.
The Times writes that the executive “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.
He said that he thinks LeBron will still keep his meetings with the other teams “to be respectful to all these teams who jumped through these hoops.”
Many teams, like the Knicks, tried to line up celebrities and such to help draw LeBron, but the executive said that that stuff doesn’t matter to LeBron.
“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.”
This would certainly change the Bulls fortunes, eh? LeBron James and Chris Bosh together with whatever other players they want to throw out there? It could equate to a free ride to the NBA Finals.
You could eliminate the Cavaliers as a contender in the East for obviously reasons. They are probably not a playoff team sans LeBron. Plus, the Celtics will be another year older and may not have Paul Pierce, so they won’t be as tough to beat.
We’ll see what happens.