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Source close to me says LeBron to Chicago by July 3rd

A source who's provided accurate information to me in the past has told me that LeBron James will agree to terms with the Bulls by July 3rd after meeting with other teams. 

How serious to take this?   I'm wondering the same thing myself.   If I thought it was completely dismissible I certainly wouldn't post it just to get ridiculed as an attention whore for years, but the amount of false rumors I've heard (even from good sources) is remarkably high.

So in short, I'm not attempting to stake my claim on this one.  I don't consider myself some great purveyor of inside sources and information by any stretch.  Just passing along something I've heard.

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  • Did your source say anything about whether Lebron wants to go in a S&T or what players he wants to play with?

  • Just a question, what makes your friend so reliable. I hate when people say sources. Its dumb to me.

  • Doug,
    Has your source said anything about who the second target is? I figure Bron would want Bosh over JJ.

  • So yeah, everybody has a source. In general, I don't trust one anymore than another. I trust Doug, and I know he wouldn't throw this out there if it wasn't dependable (not to say it will ultimately be true, only that the source must be someone who really knows something). Obviously, he probably can't clarify or else he would have clarified already, but I do wonder what sort of source this is, a journalist, scout, exec, player, etc.

  • I think we have him. Realy do.

  • Not that you have to answer this if you don't want to Doug, but:

    Any chance you can say a rumor or two that he called right like you said?

    Same guy as the Amare thing?

  • Does this mean it is basically upto how the Bulls close the deal..So if they don't make any mistakes in the presentation or some other team comes up with a miracle...LeBron to the Bulls is a definite........

    In a way, I think sources can be right unless the source is the 5th source from the main person...Otherwise, this is probably as big as an event in the NBA like the 2008 presidential election for the US.

  • Thanks.

  • Thanks for passing along the info Doug. Anyone that gives you crap, questioning your source is an idiot. You presented the story very well. People should just take it how they wish and move on with their day

  • At this point, there has been so much info - false or not - it's tough to believe anything until we see a signed name somewhere. But here is some more fuel for the fire. I haven't seen this anywhere else yet, which is suprising, but it's from Chad Ford via the BS Report podcast with Bill Simmons on espn.com:

    (paraphrasing)

    Simmons says, "I think lebron signs with the bulls, Bosh signs with the bulls, and they trade Deng to the Hawks for Joe Johnson, and the NBA is over for the next 10 years."

    Then Ford reponds...

    "I'm not sure about Joe Johnson. But I wish I could talk about a particular source I have, but who is the most credible source I've talked to, who believes that's exactly what's going to happen."

    And he goes on to say that Jordan's legacy is actually a DRAW for James, that he always sits at the same table and gets the same waiter as Jordan when he goes to Gibson's in Chicago and told this waiter to reserve the table for him and is coming to Chicago.

    Ford also says that he takes the statement at that rally in Akron for Lebron when he says he does everything for Akron, without any mention of Cleveland or Ohio, as a clear message that he is leaving.

    This is all from Ford - nothing from me.

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    +2 good info thanks

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    Very interesting especially that Ford confirms this with the most valued source he has encountered. Thanks for sharing this. As Doug has said Bill Simmon's "Book of Basketball" is cool/a good read. I hope he and Ford are right.

  • In reply to DanFrystak:

    Doug, if you're out there, this is what I was alluding to when earlier today my sources were saying that the Bulls were indeed trying to accomplish a trifecta with LeBron, Bosh and JJohnson being aquired in an S&T using Luol Deng as trade bait.

  • Thanks for the info, hopefully come July 3rd this will all be true. One question though did you source say how they will go about attaining either Bosh or Johnson? Sign and trade is obviously possible or can we expect to see either Luol, Taj or James Johnson traded away so we have the cap space to sign either them out right? From what I understand currently we are a few million away from being able to offer two max contracts.

  • Hopefully this source is right. That would certainly be awesome. If true..Saturday night will be a good party night. :-)

  • This is some good news even if its not true lol it just gets my mind off Bosh Wade and Lebron in Miami at least until the next rumor. In the end, I really do see Chicago getting him. Miami has strong arguements and all, but Wade is older and he has had his injuries. I think because of our young core and our new HC we come out on top. DEFENSE wins championships and I know thats what Lebron wants.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    Good point. I think even though Thib's hasn't been a head coach, his relationships with players like Yao, Pierce, Rondo, and his Kobe/Lakers squelching D are definitely attractive to a smart guy like LeBron who knows defense does win.

    Honestly, the smart move, especially with Wade's injury history and age, is skipping the barren Miami "team" with headcase they couldn't even unload (Mrs.) Beasley, and join up with young superstar Derrick Rose who is garnering so much respect around the league. I mean, do you hear the comments about him after this year's playoffs on NBATV, ESPN etc. Stellar reviews/respect. "Franchise player" I've heard stated again and again during these latest free agent shows. And sincere respect for Noah and Taj.

    Honestly, Lebron would be making a mistake if he didn't go to Chicago. They're/we're the one. And Joe Johnson if he's interested as they say, and Bosh is fickle/not receptive, maybe we better snatch him up as well. It's always good to have a player on your team that really wants to be there as opposed to one who doesn't.

  • Thanks Doug! I hope your source delivers.

  • oh i forgot to ask, did your source tell you why July 3rd? and would we know by then or July 8th?

  • In reply to Vedo:

    I think that is probably because LeBron is going to finish meeting all the teams by then...

  • Thanks for passing along the intel Doug.

    In Doug We Trust

  • Thanks for the info but, it just seems so hard to believe that LBJ would actually sign with the Bulls. With so much negative info out there (Steven A Smith, Chris Sheridan etc...) it seems highly unlikely that we can pull this off.

    Please let this be true.

  • In reply to postdiction:

    The Chris Sheridan 5 Questions article ( http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/133/lbj-free-agency-5-questions-on-bullsknicks-premise ) is hilarious. The questions are legit but the answers he gave are clutching at straws, like comparing Derrick Rose to Toney Douglas?!

  • In reply to boogernights:

    As a response I'd like to post my five questions for Chris Sheridan:
    How retarded do you think Reinsdorf would have to be to be the highest grossing NBA franchise and not sign Bosh and Lebron if it means lux tax?
    What have the Knicks done in two years under D'Antoni besides trade their picks and lose?
    Why should Derrick Rose start playing like Mo Williams?
    HOW will the Knicks improve themselves? Do you mean because they are a crappy team they could potentially spend 30 mil and be better than a lottery team, meanwhile we can remain in the playoffs? Or rather, it should be - can the Knicks get players better than Noah and D-Rose for 11 million dollars- how is that friggin' possible and if it is why haven't they done it in the last six years?
    Lastly-
    Are you high? Because I want some of whatever you're having...

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    True. Agreed NYC is the capital of major media ho's.

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    The Knicks might be able to get Noah/Rose caliber players once they have pieces like LBJ and (Boozer/Bosh/Amare) in place. Players have been known to sign smaller contracts for championships.

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    This is how I see it: If LBJ, Bosh and Wade stay put, they'll win nothing. If LBJ and Bosh go to Miami, they'll still win nothing because it will just be the three of them. Outside of Wade, Miami has nothing. If they all come to Chicago by some hokus pokus, with the team in already in place, they'll eclipse the 72 win season and then go on to mop up the floor with Kobe and his Lakers.

    Besides, who their right mind would want to be play with Riley. The man fires his coaches when the team is of championship caliber then runs and hides when it's not, leaving the dirty work to someone else. He'll never catch Phil. He needs to put that dream to rest.

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    I just want go to stay that in that 72 win season, most of those games were over in the first quarter. Michael and Scottie got a lot of rest that year. LBJ, Bosh and Wade in Miami with no supporting would be worn out by the playoffs. And let us not forget, Wade can be injury prone. And what if they don't mesh well and get off to a slow start, what a hot mess that would be!

  • In reply to boogernights:

    I guess he is a NY reporter. He has to get his columns/blogs read by the NY media. The next thing he might write is if when NY doesn't get LeBron... that Gallinari is potentially as good as LeBron and shoots better than LeBron and doesn't dominate the ball...So he will play better with a PG than LeBron.:-)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Galinari, LeBron paralell/mocking. Nice.

  • In reply to boogernights:

    does your source happen to be very "happy?" lol

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    ...mmm.

    HAHA.

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    Remember the HINTS.

    #1.) Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Michael Jordan, respect, young fandom and championships.

    #2.) Dwyane Wade got sick on June 17th. Think about what that means.

    #3.) The Protege' and his mentor have a Chicago connection.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wade got sick when the lakers won. omg!!! its a conspiracy. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING, BIG BROTHER IS ALWAYS WATCHING. i want proof he was really sick, there better be a doctor's note on my desk in the morning.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If that is correct it scares me. Are the players coming to this meeting/allowed to Derrrick and Joakim? Other then getting a personal vibe from them or Thib's and his philosopy incorporating James, I can't see how what's already out there as far as performance and known quantities that his mind wouldn't really be pretty much already be made up. Or as Bill Simmons might say unless there are going to be hookers(kidding).

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    This comment was in response to Justin not Clayton's

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    KEY QUESTION:

    Why should Dwyane Wade come home to Chicago and play for the Bulls?

    THE QUALITY REASONS:

    POSITIVES for living in Chicagoland and playing for the Chicago Bulls:

    Roster and Upside: The Chicago Bulls have a nice young CORE (under contract and on the rise) in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson. Dwyane Wade could be that one (superstar) piece which they are missing towards winning an NBA CHAMPIONSHIP or perhaps even establishing another DYNASTY .

    Family and Friends: He obviously would be closer to his family and friends, if he came to play for the Chicago Bulls. Given the absence of his mom when he was a kid, he may want to be closer to her as he gets older. His kids are also a wildcard, in terms of his current custody battle. I don't know how that court battle will affect his decision.

    Marketing and Sales: The city of Chicago is the 3rd largest market in the US, so that logically means an increase in "Dwyane Wade" product sales (shoes, jersey's, phones, etc.) due to the increased exposure he will get through the various media outlets.

    TV Coverage: The Chicago Bulls have a contract with WGN, which puts 30 of their games on national TV each year within basic cable. Plus, networks like ABC, TNT and ESPN would surely add more Chicago Bulls games to their programming schedule.

    Jordan and Pippen: If Dwyane Wade came to the Chicago Bulls, he would be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, in terms of the greatest players who have ever played for the Chicago Bulls organization.

    Dynasty Team: The Chicago Bulls are one of 4 Dynasty teams (Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Antonio) in the NBA. I think Dwyane Wade would have an excellant opportunity to add to the championship history of a team he grew up watching as a kid.

    All-Star Backcourt: If Dwyane Wade came to the Chicago Bulls, he would argueably help form the best backcourt in the NBA, which would be made up of two All-Stars, himself and Derrick Rose.

    Foundation and Charity: Dwyane Wade does great charity and foundation work in the Chicagoland area, as well as around the world. It would sure be great to see him work with the CPS system full-time .

    Alumni Interaction: If Dwyane Wade played for the Chicago Bulls, he would physically be closer to his old high school, Richards, and his former University, Marquette. That helps with interaction.

    Fitness and Training: Dwyane Wade's trainer (Tim Grover) is located in Chicago, so he would have greater access to his methods during the NBA season, if he played for the Chicago Bulls.

    Fan Support: Chicagoans clearly love and respect Dwyane Wade, on and off the court, and the Chicago Bulls organization and their fans have led the league in attendance over the last decade.

    Lifestyle and Area: Chicago is one of the best cities in the United States of America and Chicagoland has some of the best growing suburbs in the country. Both are filled with culture, communities, food, entertainment, learning, diversity, fanfare and a midwest down to earth family belief system. It's a great area to cultivate personal and professional growth.

    Cap Space: The Chicago Bulls have the cap flexibility to add Dwyane Wade to their roster, along with the flexibility to nearly offer another MAX contract to top-level free-agent. There could still be another trade in the works too.

    Dream Job: As a young kid and basketball fan, Dwyane Wade had dreams of playing for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA. Well, come this July he has an opportunity to actually live out that dream. He can become a member of the Chicago Bulls. A team that he grew up rooting for, emulating and dreaming about. Not many athletes get the chance to play for their hometown team.

    NBA Legacy: I think if Dwyane Wade were to come to the Chicago Bulls, he could end up establishing a similar legacy to that of a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or a Dennis Johnson. Both of whom won an NBA title and a NBA Finals MVP in a small market, before leaving for a DYNASTY team with an established winning tradition. Their decisions led both of them to multiple NBA championships, not too mention the honor of having their #'s retired for those teams.

    DECISION-TIME:

    Does Dwyane Wade have the COURAGE to come to Chicago or will he stay COMFORTABLE in Miami ?

    I know Dennis Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar showed COURAGE and thus they won more titles.

    WORDS OF WISDOM:

    Staying COMFORTABLE can keep you WELL-PRAISED, but CHALLENGING yourself can make you a LEGEND.

    I hope Dwyane Wade thinks about that.

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    HINT #3: The Protege' RESPECTS his mentor and is thinking about protecting his LEGACY.

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    KEY QUESTION:

    Why should Chris Bosh come to Chicago and play for the Bulls?

    THE QUALITY REASONS:

    POSITIVES for living in Chicagoland and playing for the Chicago Bulls:

    Roster and Upside: The Chicago Bulls have a nice young CORE (under contract and on the rise) in Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson. Chris Bosh could be that one (superstar) piece which they are missing towards winning an NBA CHAMPIONSHIP or perhaps even establishing another DYNASTY .

    Marketing and Sales: The city of Chicago is the 3rd largest market in the US, so that logically means an increase in "Chris Bosh" product sales (shoes, jersey's, etc.) due to the increased exposure he will get through the various media outlets.

    TV Coverage: The Chicago Bulls have a contract with WGN, which puts 30 of their games on national TV each year within basic cable. Plus, networks like ABC, TNT and ESPN would surely add more Chicago Bulls games to their programming schedule.

    Jordan and Pippen: If Chris Bosh came to the Chicago Bulls, he would be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, in terms of the greatest players who have ever played for the Chicago Bulls organization.

    Dynasty Team: The Chicago Bulls are one of 4 Dynasty teams (Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Antonio) in the NBA. I think Chris Bosh would have an excellant opportunity to add to the championship history of a team he most certainly grew up watching as a kid.

    Top-Notch Frontline: If Chris Bosh came to the Chicago Bulls, he would argueably help form the best frontline in the NBA, in terms of scoring and rebounding. Luol Deng at SF, Chris Bosh at PF and Joakim Noah at C would be fierce.

    Foundation and Charity: Chris Bosh does great charity and foundation work throughout various cities around the world. His efforts would be greatly appreciated by the schools and kids throughout the Chicagoland area.

    Fitness and Training: If Chris Bosh chose to do so, he could work with one of the best trainers around, Tim Grover, who is located in Chicago. Playing in Chicago would give him greater access to his methods during the NBA season.

    Fan Support: Chicagoans clearly love their basketball and certainly respect Chris Bosh, on and off the court. The Chicago Bulls organization and their fans have led the league in attendance over the last decade.

    Lifestyle and Area: Chicago is one of the best cities in the United States of America and Chicagoland has some of the best growing suburbs in the country. Both are filled with culture, communities, food, entertainment, learning, diversity, fanfare and a midwest down to earth family belief system. It's a great area to cultivate personal and professional growth.

    Cap Space: The Chicago Bulls have the cap flexibility to add Chris Bosh to their roster, along with the flexibility to nearly offer another MAX contract to another top-level free-agent. There could be a S&T done as well.

    NBA Legacy: I think if Chris Bosh were to come to the Chicago Bulls, he could end up establishing a similar legacy to that of a Kevin Garnett. As Chicago Bulls' fans know, Kevin Garnett showed All-star ability and loyalty, while playing for a small market team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, for several years. Unfortunately, he couldn't breakthrough and win an NBA championship until he left Minnesota for a DYNASTY team with an established winning tradition. At this point, Chris Bosh has to be hungry for a title.

    DECISION-TIME:

    Which supporting cast and environment can lead him to his goals, on and off the court?

    It is possible that Chris Bosh needs Chicago and the Bulls just as much as they appear to need him?

    WORDS OF WISDOM:

    No one man can reach their goals on their own. They need to find the right situation and people to help them.

    It's one thing to be "THE MAN" of a mediocre team, but something else to be a main part of a championship team.

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    Chicago-based HENRY THOMAS represents both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    instead of HINTS, why don't you just tell us exactly what you think is going down. I've hit refresh too many times to be able to think for myself.

    Thanks!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Wade and Bosh in Chicago would be my absolute first choice ...

    However, it seems very very unlikely that the Bulls will be able to pry Wade out of Miami. There are tons of good reasons for him to come to Chicago, but I just don't think he wants to right now.

    The biggest problem could be if Wade tries to play both sides of the fence ...
    Working hard to convince other FA's to come to Miami might make him lose out to another team ... by the time Wade decided that the other top two or three FA's aren't going to be coming to Miami, it might be too late for Wade to get in on the super team.
    Does he stay and wait, or does he actively look for a new team (like the Bulls)?

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Mr Happy, I said it earlier today. I don't think he's staying in Miami for those very reasons. And here's why...HE"S NOT THE LEAD DOG IN THIS SHOW... LBJ IS. This is why this BS story of Bsh and LBJ coming to Miami is a LIE!!! He may already know that LBJ has made his mind up and he doen't want to be the last free agent to speak with the pursuing teams and cost himself money and an opportunity to win. He knows already. He said yesterday, "Nobody knows what LeBron's going to do. Well if that's the case, you can't say that and im the same breath say that "he's confident that they are coming," and in the same day say that he's speaking to teams that are interested in speaking with him. He sounds panicked to me and he's scurring to get a plan B and C as soon as he can. I predict he will sign with the Nets or hold on to your hats, the Bulls in a sign and trade. Just a thought....

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Honestly, my first choice would be Wade and Lebron coming to Chicago. Both of these guys have been argued at one time or another as the best player in the league.

    I do think Wade would share the ball, and both he and LeBron would have to admire just how damn good Derrick would be with that kind of star power around him. Plus you have three closers. And that mega core would attract other talent over the years as retoolings would be needed.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    For what it is worth, just watched Kevin Durant say he thinks he is coming to Chicago. Now he was in Chicago, and it was just his opinion, but at least he is a source we can put a name on ;)

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    No you didnt

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    This is a rollercoaster of rumors. I am trying not to get too high or low on any of these.. I trust Doug, and I get most of my Bulls fix here on this site now, so he is kind of my go to guy now when it comes to this stuff.

    I want to know how so many "sources" that are close to Lebron or his group can have such contradicting stories. Either the sources are making stuff up, or the reporters are making crap up. I would like to believe that reporters are above that, but we all know that would be ignoring the obvious.

    I'd like to bring a name up that I haven't heard mentioned in awhile -- Mike Miller. I think he's cheaper than Joe Johnson, and could allow us to pursue possibly more solid role players. In other words, if we are only able to get one star FA, whether it be Bosh, Lebron, Amare, etc.. I think Miller fits in nicely. I know this doesn't sound exciting in the midst of all the Lebron and Bosh talk, but I'm just thinking ahead a bit. So my question is: If we were unable to get 2 big FA's, could we possibly get, say, Mike Miller, Lebron, and David Lee?

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Here's what I think is behind the conflicting rumors: Some of LeBron's "Team" has preferences for Miami, and NY, Chi, etc..whereever, and is leaking this stuff to make it look like LeBron's going to pick their team. In the end I think Lebron's already picked his team which is why he says at the end of the day he only listens to himself (justification). Let's hope the bulls are that team...

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Here is a theory, maybe the "sources" are the many voices in Lebron's head ;). One day he wakes up and it is Chicago, the next it is Miami, another it is back to Cleveland. In other words, maybe even he doesn't know who he is going to sign for at this point!

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Clayton, I think your last comment actually could be true. I think he may literally not have decided yet where he wants to be. Maybe he's got a few that he's leaning towards.. Chicago, Miami, Cleveland.. and he's just waiting to get a 'vibe' from the meetings to see what feels right.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Good point. Honestly any combination that includes LeBron works for me. It could be LeBron and his mom. Just get James ass in a Bulls uni! Please.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Hmmm things are getting interesting. Why is Wade entertaining a visit to the Bulls???
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-0629-bulls-chicago--20100628,0,3928540.story

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Because he knows something and that story about Bosh and LeBron to Miami was complete BS!

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    I said it earlier today. I don't think he's staying in Miami for those very reasons. And here's why...HE"S NOT THE LEAD DOG IN THIS SHOW... LBJ IS. This is why this BS story of Bsh and LBJ coming to Miami is a LIE!!! He may already know that LBJ has made his mind up and he doen't want to be the last free agent to speak with the pursuing teams and cost himself money and an opportunity to win. He knows already. He said yesterday, "Nobody knows what LeBron's going to do. Well if that's the case, you can't say that and im the same breath say that "he's confident that they are coming," and in the same day say that he's speaking to teams that are interested in speaking with him. He sounds panicked to me and he's scurring to get a plan B and C as soon as he can. I predict he will sign with the Nets or hold on to your hats, the Bulls in a sign and trade.

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    Whoa! Sounds like Wade played his hand waaay to early!

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    i dono if youve mentioned this in any other hints, but if bulls sign 2 max deals and have little money for the rest of the roster spots, id expect to see Byars in a bulls uni by halloween.

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    as long as we got lebron and bosh i would put one of the Bulls cleaning people in a uniform

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    If Wade sits down with the Bulls, then the reality is sinking in that we have Joakim and Taj to go along with the young emerging superstar in Derrick, Thib's stellar D and glowing player reviews/respect, and very possibly LeBron James, and he has... (Mrs.) Beasley.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    This is starting to make me believe that something is brewing in our favor. If I were comitted to resigning with my team, why would I assess "other options" unless my options are evaporating fast? Maybe the report was true that Bosh and LBJ is a done deal. And if so, Wade does not want to be stuck on a bad team...

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    but if Bosh and James was a done deal why would he be looking at us as an option when we wouldnt have enough space

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    My thing is, too many reports have all these guys thinking of signing with the Bulls and if nothing happens... it will be the 2000 free agency all over again. This sales pitch to all of these guys have to be a grade A pitch and something that these guys can get a grasp on right away. I would definitely have Rose on the trip along with Thibedeau. These two along with GAR and PAX need to sale the offense to Lebron and what type of offensive schemes that they're going to run because Lebron like to have the Ball as well as Rose. They may need to run something like the triangle offense as to where everyone touches the ball. It worked for Scottie and Jordan so I do believe it will work for Lebron and Rose.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    lmao and theres no way Mrs. Beasly has anything on that. That is why I think we come out on top and we see it already in this story that Wade is considering Chicago. We have too much to offer. def. gotta give props to managment for coming this far, now all we gotta do is finish it.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I respect your views, but come on. This IS NOT 2000. That's a tired cliche. Getting Thib's glowing player reviews/repsect. he's the architect of a two time Finals squelching defense of Kobe and the Lakers. Derrick Rose. Hailed now as a franchise player by NBA insiders/commentators on free agency show after show, young studs in Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. The Bulls are in a great postion right now.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I hope that you are right, although I will not feel better til they can sign one of the big names.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Hearing the Sun Sentinel/Ira Winderman, known homer/spin guy if ever there was one, confirm that Wade's close friend's stating he will visit the Bulls. That's huge for me. It sure as hell sounds like he's coming. That's a good thing.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    This could also mean Lebron may not be coming to Chicago or it could mean that Lebron and Wade wannna team up but then what about Bosh? Something is definitely going on and it looks really good for the Bulls.

  • In reply to Vedo:

    And the Bulls should not waste their time waiting on him either. I look at it as something trying to distract the Bulls. The Bulls should plan their meetings with Lebron Bosh and whoever else they will have appointments with. If Wade Wants to meet with the Bulls make his ass wait til they are done with everyone else. Sounds like a Pat Riley ploy to me with his sneaky ass.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    i completely agree. This is the same guy that wanted to crush the bulls chances when he questioned their loyalty and now he wants in? something has to be going on and I'm sure our front office won't fall for anything stupid at least I'm hoping.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    D Wade wants to visit chicago now. Could it be Chris Bosh's leaning towards Chicago??? Something tells me the Bulls aren't going to strike out this time around!!!

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    If I were the Bulls management I would Leave Wades ass out to dry. Let him stay down on South Beach wit the rest of the crackheads. It's not a town to have a family in, Wade can tell anybody about that. I'm sure Lebron's girl don't want him down there.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Miami's a nice place to visit but...

    Chicago's a world class city and the Bulls are a global brand. Good supporting cast in place, along with a new coach who seems like the right fit. Throw in the fact that it's a great place to live and you've got quite a pitch. I'm very optimistic that Bosh and LeBron recognize what Chicago brings to the table.

    Pity it took Dwyane this long to remember all that.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Damn, that sh*t is making me laugh. Seriously though Wade has taken his cheap shots at the Bulls, but I'm not convinced he's all bad. I really doubt his coming to Chicago is a ploy. If anything it undermines Miami's position honestly. But I respect your wariness of Riley and his stunts. Myself, I would want him above everybody but LeBron though if he were willing to sign up and renounce the evil that is Pat Riley.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Road Warrior, I totally agree that a Wade visit doesn't do Miami any favors. Seems to me that he's got an agenda all his own coming here. I think Chicago is a much more desirable market and Wade would be welcome if he did in fact "renounce the EViL that is Pat Riley!!!"

    (that's really funny by the way)

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    I wouldn't trust Wade, If he is serious about coming to visit... The Bulls should ask him if he is ready to sign a contract with them, if not he shouldn't even bother coming. From what he said about the Bulls loyalty they shouldn't have any love for him at all.

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    Something is just not fitting into place here. I fear we will be left holding the bag without a significant name coming here and still chasing the Cavs. This is not digesting well at all and I don't know why?

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    Apparently the summit took place. Now that explains a lot especially with the sudden change in Wade's tune:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5338472

  • In reply to thegreatlie:

    Gotta give Steve A Smith credit, this may be what led to his definitive assertion that the 3 were heading to Miami.

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Wow, great find Clayton!

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Stephen A. Smith, lol he seeks publicity I don tthink he has any sources that tell him that the heat will get Bron, Bosh and Wade. I think that he is like Pat Riley, who gave Wade that information to put out about Bulls loyality, Stepen A. seeks attention where has he been this whole time that people have been giving opinions about where players are going then all of a sudden he comes out with probably the biggest statement for this free agent season.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Good point Reese. Though doubtful, I would not put it past that fu*ker Riley. Of course Wade would have to be really punked out to do that kind of elaborate bidding. It's bad enough he took a shot at the Bulls organization thinly veiled at exploiting the bad PR/stink over the Vinny hanging in the wind and Pax altercation. That was low, and undoubtedly at Pat Riley's shi*head behest. But all might and would be forgiven if he ditches that dirty mother for Chicago and the high road with D-Rose and Joakim.

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    Byars is long gone

  • In reply to ZombieKevie:

    Screw Wade! Give me Bosh and LeBron an lets go get some titles!

    If LeBron is a smart guy....the Bulls are the obvouis choice. Starting 5 all 25 years and under. 3 All Stars in Rose,LBJ and Bosh. Plus Borderline all star in Noah. Tom Thibs coaching...his defense stopped LeBron in his tracks and has given Lakers troubles. Chicago is the place to be. Come on LeBron!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Should not underestimate the value of TT. Lebron has stated that he is not going anywhere that they don't play defense, he says that he has played defense everywhere that he has ever been. TT is an asset not a liability.

    HOwever, Riley is a defensive guy first and foremost too.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I for one an tired of these(SOURCES)it seems that everyone who reports on player movements have (SOURCES) that are so good that the deal is set in stone. Stepen A. Smith, got from his (SOURCES)that Bosh, Bron and Wade are all headed for the Heat. A gm has stated that the Bron to Chicago is a done deal, I mean so many have made their ideas about player movement seem as if they are right on the money. I wish it was possible for us to slap each one of them for making these outlandish statements about where players will end up

  • In reply to jumpmanjay:

    if the bulls do miss out on the big three they should sign joe johnson then wait till next year and go after carmello because if the big 3 do sign with miami carmello will not stay in denver beacuse they in no way can compete with LA OR MIAMI. they may even be able to do a sign and trade this year Deng for Carmello. then also go after Durant, a lineup of Rose Noah Carmelo Durant and Johnson would be epic battles with miami and the big 3 for many years WOW.

  • In reply to boogernights:

    My thoughts exactly, he sounded like a knicks fan on crack.

  • In reply to boogernights:

    It has been reported that the mysterious World Wide Wes will be one of 3 people joining Lebron for his meetings in Akron.

    Didn't he already say that it is a done deal, Lebron is leaving, he is going to Chicago, Bosh is coming with him, and he is hosting the other teams as a matter of courtesy.

    Given his position at the table, this would seem to be the source with the most credibility, would it not.

    I guess that I am going with WWW over SAS.

    By the way you guys should check out the latest BS report on ESPN, it is a 46 minute podcast with Chad Ford. Ford has a great story about Lebron eating regularly at Michael Jordans table at Gibsons and requesting Jordans waiter. Ford went to Gibsons and tracked down the waiter and he says that Lebron has told him to reserve that table for him for next season. Just another tidbit that seems to be pointing to Chicago as Lebrons destination.

  • If the Bulls lock up Bosh, I wouldn't worry if LeBron decides to stay in Cleveland or go to Miami.

  • In reply to boogernights:

    This NEEDS to happen. Been reading that Bulls are meeting with CB first, but all this Bosh a lock to MIami talk is disconcerting...

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    "turdburglar"???????? LMMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Classic!!!

  • In reply to jamatokwu:

    @ Jioha, that means he's literally "stealing $#!t."

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    ROTFL!

  • In reply to turdburglar:

    If Bosh was smart he would sign with the Bulls. It is the best place basketball wise for him to sign. He said he does not want to play center and you would not be able to tell me (IMO) that the Heat would not try and play him there. I would be willing to put money on it that they would play him at center. Once they got him under contract he wouldn't have any choice. If Bosh signs with the Bulls he would automatically play the power forward position next to Noah and Lebron if he signs. Even if the Bulls had to keep Deng, that would still be an outstanding front line. If I were Bosh, I just would not trust Miami cause yeah they have a lot of cap space but they are the one team in this free agency chase that has a lot of holes on that team. They have basically three players on the roster and I am counting Wade only because we all know he will probably resign with them. Riley can't be trusted, he throws his team under the bus at the first site of them losing too much,he interferes in his coaches careers by relieving them of their job cause he feels he can do better, if the team show no promise to win for the up coming season he runs back to the teams front office, and Wade has a productive window of 3 to 4 years left. This team to me just has to many if's and maybe's and overall too many holes to fill.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    Reesel, everything you just said, I sadi earlier on another story of Doug's today. Wade has had some hard years on him and I feel he my break down pretty quick. Everything your saying I said earlier!!!!

  • In reply to AlgernonHPenn:

    this is why I think Chicago comes on top. If we added Bosh and Lebron to this team we would have a starting line up of guys 25 or younger unless we got JJ. Thats a freakin dynasty in the making. With Wade, you're gonna get a shot or two at a ring and Wade will start to wear down. Hope LeBron sees it that way.

  • Thanks Doug

    I'm biased.

    I put a lot more faith in what you write (without fanfare) than the noisy sportsmongers on the Internet.

    Thanks for taking a reasonable risk and publishing your rumor.

  • Thought you cant sign til July 8th? He will let everyone know by then?

    But i mean i guess he could be letting other free agents know...im going to Chicago...whos coming with me.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    If I'm not mistaken, Lebron could technically sign with Chicago on July 1st if he WANTED to, but we couldn't fit another big FA until the 8th.

  • Doug thanks for the tip. We'll see. It's easier to deal with the wait with the amount of posts and pertinence you have supplied. Honestly, this site makes something like this much more fan interactive then anything that's been out there. And your accessibility/response to posters is second to none. Nice job.

  • This/your site supports you right or wrong as someone honestly intentioned.

  • When I read the headline, I thought that you were doing this with tongue firmly implanted in your cheek, in fact even after reading your post I still wasn't sure that you weren't just making fun of all the other "insiders"

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