LeBron Bulls starting PF this season? Yeah, right

LeBron Bulls starting PF this season? Yeah, right
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Could a LeBron Bulls signing take place? Things are reportedly not working out so well in Miami with the Big 3, to the point that LeBron is apparently getting ready to hear offers from other teams.

According to the Chicago Tribune, LeBron's agent has already met with a few teams that might be interested in signing his client.

While LeBron James has kept a low profile during the first few days of free agency, his agent has met with a handful of teams who are vying for Miami Heat star's talents.

Among those teams who James' agent Rich Paul will meet or has already met with is his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. It's unlcear if Paul and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert have talked already. Gilbert, who lives in Detroit, is reportedly in Cleveland prepared to meet with Paul.

Phoenix Suns owner, Robert Sarver, met Paul on Wednesday.

The Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets also have made presentations to Paul in the past few days.

I'll keep this brief, because a LeBron Bulls marriage is 99.999% certain to not happen, but we need to look at the numbers just in case.

The current estimate is that LeBron can get a maximum salary of $20.7 million next season. What would the Bulls have to do in order to get $20.7 million under the cap?

Without going into all of the details, clearing the non-guaranteed contracts and using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer would put the Bulls

Bulls' Current Payroll

Rose.......... $18,862,876
Gibson......... $8,000,000
Dunleavy.... $3,326,235
Butler......... $2,008,748
McDermott.. $1,898,300
Randolph.... $1,825,359
Snell............ $1,472,000
Mirotic......... $1,075,000
Smith............. $948,163
Bairstow........ $507,336
Cap hold........ $507,336
Hamilton....... $333,333
TOTAL....... $53,464,686

That puts the Bulls $9,735,314 under the cap, or $10,964,686 away from having enough cap space to make a LeBron Bulls team possible.

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A LeBron Bulls dream scenario could only take place if Gibson, Dunleavy and Randolph were traded away to teams under the cap that wouldn't have to send any salary back to the Bulls. Replace their combined salaries with three cap holds, and the Bulls would clear another $11,629,586 in cap space.

That would put them $21,364,900 under the cap, which would mean they could sign LeBron and field this roster:

LeBron Bulls Roster

PG- Rose
SG- Butler, Snell
SF- McDermott
PF- LeBron, Smith
C- Noah, Bairstow

The Bulls would have the Room Mid Level Exception of $2.732 million for their 9th man, and the veteran's minimum to fill out the rest of the roster.

Would a roster with LeBron and Rose on offense and LeBron, Noah and Butler on defense be able to attract a couple of good ring-chasing veterans with the Room MLE and the veteran's minimum? Yes.

Would that roster plus the ring-chasers be able to win the Eastern Conference and advance to the NBA Finals? Probably.

Would that team be able to defeat the Western Conference champion and win an NBA title? Probably not.

Is the above scenario possible? Yes, but as I mentioned earlier, there's a 99.999% chance that it doesn't happen.

That puts the odds of a LeBron Bulls team becoming a reality this season at 1,000,000 to 1.

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    Don Ellis started covering sports professionally when he was 15. The same year (1980), as a student assistant at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, IN, he was one of the first in the world to use, study and implement analytics in basketball. He attended Daytona State College and Ball State University, and some of his past credits include InsideHoops (NBA Runaround: The NBA According to Ellis) and ESPN Florida (The Florida Sports Reporters), where he was fortunate enough to work with many rising stars, including NFL Network's Dan Hellie, Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Magic radio and TV personality Dante Marchitelli, and WSB-TV (Atlanta) Sports Director Zach Klein. In addition to running the Bullsville blog and officiating basketball, baseball and football for the KHSAA, he is also a bass player and vocalist who writes and produces music in his spare time (you may remember his internet hit "I Hate Eddy Curry"). He's a 3rd-generation Cubs fan, a Bulls fan since the days of Van Lier and Sloan, and a life-long New England Patriots fan. He's seen Primus 9 times and thinks Les Claypool walks on water. By far his greatest accomplishment is being a father of three and grandfather of one.

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