Do we need Calipari to get James? Don't know, but if so, look for James to end up elsewhere according to Andy Katz.
A source with direct knowledge of the Chicago Bulls front office's plans says the team believes it has the right players in place -- namely, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng -- to surround LeBron James when it makes its case with the free agent to-be on July 1.
the source said there has been no discussion of bringing Kentucky coach
John Calipari in with James as part of a package deal.
Chicago Tribune reported Monday that according to league sources,
basketball power broker William Wesley -- a friend of both James and
Calipari -- has been quietly contacting NBA teams that have coaching
vacancies and salary cap space about the possibility of bringing in
James and Calipari together.
I don't want Calipari, and I don't really think LeBron is tied to Calipari either. Heck, I'm not certain he even prefers Calipari, and if he does, he shouldn't.
I will say that if the Bulls pass on Calipari, and he ends up being the difference maker in whether a team gets LeBron or not, then I'll be pretty pissed off. I suppose that's part of the game though, finding out whether it's a difference maker or whether it's important to LeBron at all.