An NBA general manager reportedly told Jon Rothstein of MSG Network
that Chris Bosh will certainly sign with the Heat as a free agent.
"This has been planned for a long time," the GM said. "Chris is going
Another GM reportedly told The New York Times that he thinks "it's a
done deal" that Bosh and LeBron James will sign with the Bulls.
So GM's are speculating on who is going where. The interesting thing about the Bosh to Chicago quote is that the GM muttering it was one of the six GMs competing to land LeBron making the quote all the more interesting.
Let's just hope it wasn't Gar Forman getting cocky.
How much to put into these rumors? Hard to say. The buzz of LeBron to Chicago seems quite palpable. I'd say the Bulls are probably legitimately in the lead, but not nearly so much as many Chicagoans think.
As for Bosh to Miami, it seems highly likely to me. There hasn't been a lot of local buzz from beat reporters or local media about Bosh. When I hear Joe Johnson's name over and over, I think there's a reason for it. National media seems to believe in the Bosh + James to Chicago theory, but I'm not sure I'm buying in given the lack of local buzz.
The Knicks are visiting Joe Johnson first. An interesting choice because if they lock up Johnson at the max, then that doesn't really seem like a move that would make James an overly likely signing for them. Joe Johnson + LeBron James + Gallinari + Chandler? That's not really a very effective sounding group.
The Bulls also have a lot of rumors centered around Johnson, intriguing for much the same reason except that Noah/Rose up the ante of their core.
Hearing about Johnson in this regard makes me think teams (especially the Bulls) are really nervous about Boozer, Amare, and Lee. All three would be ahead of Johnson on my list, though Boozer/Amare have higher risk factors while Lee is less talented overall. Still, I'd like the fit so much more, especially if I'm the Bulls and have Derrick Rose already.
It makes me wonder if the Bulls persue Lee, Boozer, or Amare if they whiff on the other big names.
Just three more days, and all the rumor will start to turn into fact.