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Old 06-27-2010, 02:12 PM   #1
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An NBA executive says the Chicago Bulls have emerged as a favorite in the free agency sweepstakes for LeBron James, along with Chris Bosh, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The executive said he had gleaned from his discussions with other league executives that James is leaning toward joining the Bulls, along with Bosh, his teammate on the United States' gold medal-winning 2008 Olympic team. The Times reported the executive did not want to be named because he was discussing a player who was not yet a free agent.

"I think it's a done deal," the executive said, according to the report.


James' friend and business partner Maverick Carter told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that James will have would-be suitors visit him in his native Ohio, rather than embark upon a barnstorming tour of cities hoping to land the two-time MVP. Free agency officially starts at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday.

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"LeBron is not going on a tour," Carter said. "He never planned to go on a tour and has not been a part of any team's plans for a recruiting trip."

Teams including the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are in the hunt for James, along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the only team he has played for in his seven-year NBA career. Fans in Cleveland and cities hoping to woo James have already made high-profile pushes for his services.

But the NBA executive said he believed James would meet with those teams as a courtesy, out of consideration for the overtures and personnel moves they have made to clear salary cap in hopes of signing James, The Times reported.

Sources said various teams were made aware of James' anti-tour stance Wednesday. The Knicks -- who, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, were planning a spectacular, celebrity-laden dinner cooked by a world-renowned chef for James on July 1 -- quickly canceled it and began drafting an alternate plan, according to two sources.

While several teams had hoped to sell James on the non-basketball advantages of their cities, it's believed that James wants to keep the focus on basketball. The executive quoted by the Times also said that James wanted to keep the focus on the game.

"He is going to make a basketball decision, so all that is unnecessary," the executive said, according to The Times. "He just saved a lot of people a lot of money."
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Good for Chicago, good for the midwest, and wow what a team that is going to be. On paper at least...
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I'll believe it when I see it, but if that happens then LeBron will take the place of Elway, Jordan, Bradshaw as biggest sports enemy in Cleveland.
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I'll believe it when I see it, but if that happens then LeBron will take the place of Elway, Jordan, Bradshaw as biggest sports enemy in Cleveland.
Deep breaths, Pat..deep breaths.
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i will believe it when i see it...

i've also heard rumors that chris bosh to miami is "a done deal"...

http://basketball.realgm.com/src_wir...r_a_long_time/

with that said...if the bulls did get lebron and bosh...wow...
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I hope LeBron leaves Cleveland. Let that city die. Not a sports team with a damn. Cavaliers always sucked. Indians haven't been good in forever. Browns? Good Lord. Who let them come back into the NFL?

Get off the sinking ship. That town missed it back during the train and canal boom in late 19th to early 20th century and fell completely off the map. Let it erode. Ohio sucks.
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Deep breaths, Pat..deep breaths.
its ok, if he leaves for Chicago then he will show his true coward and admit that the weight was on his shoulders in cleveland and he folded up like a cheap accordian.
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Old 06-27-2010, 02:29 PM   #8
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This just in...

ESPN reporting that LeBron James is set to retire on June 30th rather than become a Free Agent, citing his desire to spend time with his family.
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its ok, if he leaves for Chicago then he will show his true coward and admit that the weight was on his shoulders in cleveland and he folded up like a cheap accordian.
I'm not sure how leaving Cleveland would show he's a coward. He's a UFA. He's not obligated to stay anywhere. I suppose it would be nice for the fans, but there's really no obligation, there. He should go whereever he feels is best for him. If its Cleveland, then he should stay there. If somewhere else, then he should go there. I don't think Lebron owes the city anything. He's given them alot more than they've given him.
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I still believe he'll stay in Cleveland where he can make the most money
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LeBron is coming to Denver to play tight end for the Broncos.
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Well, I guess it's Andrea Bargnani's team now...

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I still believe he'll stay in Cleveland where he can make the most money
Which would be stupid. If he really cared about championships and winning, he and another one of these guys would go to a team and get less money to be surrounded by better players.
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I'm not sure how leaving Cleveland would show he's a coward. He's a UFA. He's not obligated to stay anywhere. I suppose it would be nice for the fans, but there's really no obligation, there. He should go whereever he feels is best for him. If its Cleveland, then he should stay there. If somewhere else, then he should go there. I don't think Lebron owes the city anything. He's given them alot more than they've given him.
His always said his goal is to win a title here in Cleveland, and hes choked at doing that. He'll show how much of a coward he is by basically saying he couldn't get the job done so I'm out of here."
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Which would be stupid. If he really cared about championships and winning, he and another one of these guys would go to a team and get less money to be surrounded by better players.
Yeah cause the Cavs havent done anything to make the team better at all over the years...
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If Bosh and James go to Chicago, itll go a long way to killing my interest in the NBA.
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His always said his goal is to win a title here in Cleveland, and hes choked at doing that. He'll show how much of a coward he is by basically saying he couldn't get the job done so I'm out of here."
The team they built around Lebron was a joke.
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I hope LeBron leaves Cleveland. Let that city die. Not a sports team with a damn. Cavaliers always sucked. Indians haven't been good in forever. Browns? Good Lord. Who let them come back into the NFL?

Get off the sinking ship. That town missed it back during the train and canal boom in late 19th to early 20th century and fell completely off the map. Let it erode. Ohio sucks.
While the tribe sucks now, they were just in the ALCS three years ago
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The team they built around Lebron was a joke.
I agree since they couldnt finish better than having the best record in the entire NBA the last 2 seasons.
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LeBron is coming to Denver to play tight end for the Broncos.
Figures. Just what we need. Another "McDaniels guy." This team is going down the ****ter.
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Lebron in MJ's shadow sweet enjoy
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Which would be stupid. If he really cared about championships and winning, he and another one of these guys would go to a team and get less money to be surrounded by better players.
They have tried to build a team around him to win a championship but it hasn't worked if they lock him up who's to sat Bosh won't go to Cleveland

And it is ALWAYS about the money ALWAYS
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I agree since they couldnt finish better than having the best record in the entire NBA the last 2 seasons.
Oh come on dude. I'm no Cleveland hater, I've watched a bunch of their games over the last few seasons and that team was almost all Lebron. As soon as it left his hands the team's number 1 priority was to get it back there so he could make a play. He needs serious help to win a championship, every great player does.

Mo Williams?
****ing Varejao??
Delonte West?

That team was Lebron + a lot of overpaid role players.

It was always destined to fail on the big stage.
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Oh come on dude. I'm no Cleveland hater, I've watched a bunch of their games over the last few seasons and that team was almost all Lebron. As soon as it left his hands the team's number 1 priority was to get it back there so he could make a play. He needs serious help to win a championship, every great player does.

Mo Williams?
****ing Varejao??
Delonte West?

That team was Lebron + a lot of overpaid role players.

It was always destined to fail on the big stage.
It wasn't, unless LeBron failed on the big stage...which is what happened this year.

A team that wins over 60 games is not all one player, and every year the cavs have made trades and signed free agents to improve instead of just sitting on their hands and doing nothing.

Cavs are a team that is constantly trying to win, and he can make the most money here.
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