Big 3 having conference to decide their fates

Per Wojo:

LeBron
James
(notes),

Dwyane
Wade
(notes)

and Chris
Bosh
(notes)

are expected to share a conference call on Wednesday to discuss free
agency and try to move closer to finalizing their decisions, a league
source with knowledge of the plan told Yahoo! Sports.

The three players are motivated to reach resolutions
and make their choices public by Thursday, several sources told Yahoo!
Sports. The stars and their agents with CAA continued on Tuesday to
churn through numerous machinations and possibilities.

Given the press conference news, I can't imagine that Bulls get LeBron, so it comes down to whether Wade/Bosh choose to team up in Miami, Chicago, or go their separate ways.

It's not hopeless yet, but if I were making predictions now, I'd say it looks like the Bulls are going to be the second choice for Bosh, LeBron, and Wade, but end up with no one.

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  • Craptacular...

  • That's not accurate actually, but who cares.

    DAVID STERN HUMOR:

    LBJ - New York
    DWADE - Chicago
    KOBE - Los Angeles

    Wouldn't that be funny?...mmm

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    LBJ w/ Amar'e in NYC...haha.
    DWADE w/ Bosh in Chicago...haha.
    KOBE w/ Gasol in Los Angeles...haha.

    That's good BUSINESS.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm a Cubs fan and all, but most of you guys are really negative...does the Bulls not making any moves till tomorrow spark anything. Boozer would have been a Bull already, if we knew we were missing out on all 3.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    FYI:

    It's official.

    http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/07/ex-bulls-coach-del-negro-hired-by-clippers.html

    The look on VDN's face is priceless.

    Even he can't believe it...haha.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I hope they decide they like their fats to come unsaturated. Saturated fat isn't good for you if you're trying to be an elite athlete. ;)

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Cut down on the salt too...haha.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    seriously Doug? "decide their fats"?! I'm no English major, but something about that doesn't look quite right....

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    To be fair, Lebron is giving the money from the sponsors to the Boys & Girls Club. So at least there's that little bit of positivity to hold on to. I think he does care a LOT about winning, but he also cares about his hometown. I'm sure some of the people who are begging him to stay are people that helped support and raise him, since he didn't have much of a Father growing up (right?)

    However, I don't get the dog & pony show just to reveal he's staying. I think that's a bit much.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    I think that is a great point. Basically there is an inner struggle within LeBron between (a) winning championships, becoming an all-time great, securing his legacy and (b) making his friends, family, posse, community happy.

    We as rational (mostly!) basketball fans and analysts see quite clearly that (a) is the best for LeBron in the long run and that it can only be achieved if LeBron leaves (with the Bulls being the most logical choice).

    However for LeBron, this decision is so strongly tied up in his emotions towards his friends/homeboys (e.g. Maverick Carter, Dru Joyce, Leon Rose, etc.) because he sees these people AS EFFECTIVELY HIS FATHER AND BROTHERS. He had no father and no siblings, only a teen mother; he feels blood loyalty to these people. Ultimately, it is not surprising that LeBron's ultimate choice is to please these people, not the rest of the world (nomatter how "correct" we are).

    I will say two things however. First, the tragedy and insidiousness of this situation is that, UNLIKE A TRUE FAMILY, this posse (Carter, Rose, etc.) DO NOT have LeBron's best interest at heart, they are using LeBron for their own benefit. A true family would urge LBJ to do what is best for him, and they would support any decision he makes, not try to twist and guilt him into doing what will enrich Maverick and Leon.

    Second, and related to this, everyone always talks about how competitive and "win-at-all-costs" Jordan and Kobe are, while LeBron seems to lack this. You know what the difference may be? Both Jordan and Kobe had STRONG and LOVING fathers in their life, while LeBron had no father, ever. It's a lot easier to being a one-dimensional, selfish basketball machine when you have a father to take care of your family and the rest of life around you.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    QUESTION:

    Could there be a reason why Dwyane Wade canceled his Miami charity press conference?

    ...mmm.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Just curious, are you Gar Forman by any chance? You seem to know exactly what is going to happen ;)

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    I think when Wade announces he's staying put, Mr Happy will not only have a lot of explaining to do, but will also never be taken seriously again.. no offense, MH.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Who the hell has been taking him seriously?

  • In reply to msalivar:

    I guess no one? Haha..

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    ...mmm.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Is that duct tape or a ball gag.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    But seriously folks...mmm.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    None taken.

    ...mmm

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    mmm... are you always hungry, Mr Happy? lol

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Again?

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Happy is Jerry Reinsdorf.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    dwade didnt want to answer questions thats all. If the bulls make moves tomorrow then we will know that they got someone. If they stand pat then we have one of the big three i would assume

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    If we have moves in our pocket, we may be waiting for Thursday so other teams don't catch wind and try to block us.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    As I am processing this in my head(trying to grasp at some hope) I thought this:

    Maybe Lebron will be telling a story of his life and growing up in Akron. It would seem more like a tribute to the city where he was born and to Cleveland. This could soften the blow of him leaving...

    Just grasping for straws at this point!

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    I actually thought of the same thing. Even though I think there's a 90% chance he's staying, I could see it being a 'tribute' of some kind to Akron / Cleveland and all the fans if he is actually leaving. But I doubt it.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    This makes you think a little, the puggy Cleveland writer doesn't seem to confident in Lebron.

    "Suddenly it is clear to me. LeBron has changed. A new website. Starting Twitter. This announcement. This isn't the guy I know."

    This has to make you think also...

    "Right now there are rumors exploding in the NBA. All over the place involving three-team sign-and-trades, etc. No idea what to believe."

    These Rumors must be making him feel uneasy.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    ...mmm.

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    Question: Is this going to be a LIVE special or a pre-taped one? Because you know if it's pre-recorded, with special video clips, tributes, music, etc.. ESPN will watch it before hand, and his decision will be leaked all over the place before the special airs, which will piss Lebron off. If it's live, this will get enormous ratings.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    My guess is that there will be a pre-recorded portion(maybe a long goodbye to Cleveland telling them how much he appreciates them - wishful thinking) and then Chris Broussard interviews him at the end

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    If there is a pre-recorded portion, ESPN is going to have to be brutally careful about letting that leak. You know how many peeps will be after that tape, trying to get a head start on breaking the news. Especially the guys inside of ESPN.. "Once you see this video, you don't leave the building until the special is over.."

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Maybe Lebron will sing a song.

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Here is a great Jordan / LeBron video:

    "LeBron James: Do You Dare Fill His Shoes?"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x6NqJPI6cQ&feature=player_embedded

    Watching this, it is clear that by Thursday at 10pm (eastern) we will know the story of LeBron James, forever. Either he will be the most talented player to ever live, yet be remembered for failing to reach ultimate success. Or he will join Jordan alone as the two greatest players ever.

  • In reply to ace991:

    I agree, we will know what he is all about tommorow. I wonder if he will live the pressure to save sports in Cleveland to come to the pressure to fill Michael's shoes in Chicago. Looking at it that way he may choose Cleveland b/c it would mean more if he won there...although it will take several years.

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Here is my tinfoil hat conspiracy theory.

    Many people believe that he wouldn't have a 1 hour special in Cleveland if he was going to leave for another team. I think it's possible that the special is going to be all about thanking Akron/Cleveland/Ohio for all of their love and support all of his life but it's time for him to make a change and move forward with his career. Basically a tribute/publicity and thank you to Ohio.

    Far fetched? Yes. It's possible though.

  • In reply to 85ers:

    Then it ends with a montage set to the tune of "Don't Stop Believing". Ugh

  • In reply to 85ers:

    Anyhow, to put the kabosh on all this... Wade/Bosh are going to the HEAT. So...we are screwed because even we might have to overpay for Boozer..

    That said, they probably wanted to wait till tomorrow for Boozer because you never know with him...he might change his mind:-)

  • In reply to 85ers:

    Mrhappy was wrong all along
    http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nba/news/story?id=5360134

    Sorry guys but as far as the big 3 go we're done
    Lebron isn't coming here by himself

    We can build around drose I think he has the potential to be better than at least wade and bosh

  • In reply to 85ers:

    lol is this a joke??!!! who are they gonna get to play with them?!! if bron goes back cleveland we get boozer and a shooter. we will still be a better team.

  • In reply to 85ers:

    also no team has really gotten considerably better.

  • In reply to 85ers:

    Yeah Mr. Happy.......mmmmmmmm........

  • In reply to sharynlewis:

    K.C. Johnson is either incompetent to report repeatedly the Bulls could have had an all star power forward in Boozer for less then the max. Or the Bulls are f-ing morons. To hear Doug say he thinks the Bulls will be shut out. We could have had Boozer and possibly even Ray Allen to go along with him and a quality big backup in Brendan Haywood.

    If the Bulls get shut out, I know a lot of people will give them a pass. And while I blame Wade, LeBron, and Bosh for fleeing from the most obvious winning/contending situation, I will still hold them responsible for not picking up the all star power forward that with the left over max money could have had a deep very possibly even contending team with Thib's D.

    If they are shut out, then Pax/Gar have proven passive failures who waited way too long to pull the trigger, and not let others decide that we end up with nothing. And if so then Derrick needs to get the hell out of here when his contrat is up. He deserves way better then this sh*t.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Take it easy.. the Bulls are shooting for the moon. Booz and Lee are still out there, and won't likely sign until they know what the big 3 are doing anyways.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    theyre not getting anyone of the big three if they start signing other than big 3

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Part of me is going to laugh really hard when this becomes 2000 all over again. We can get David Mercer (Lee) for way too much money and it's gonna be great! I saw this coming from a million miles away. Teams never build championships through free agency. Great job GarPaxDorf. Hopefully they rescind the Washington trade if they totally strike out. Seraphin looks promising in like two years. And I'll take Hinrich on his contract over Redick at $6 million a year.

    I hope I'm wrong, I really do.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think the Bulls are trying to find info from Bosh, Wade and LeBron and are probably hearing that they haven't decided yet. That's why they haven't signed Boozer. But that said, why would these players care about a team they are not going to play for...
    Also, look at these two points:
    1. Bosh doesn't want to go to Miami
    2. Toronto doesn't want to do a S & T with Miami...so Bosh has to settle for less money

    That means the battle for Bosh/Wade is between Chi and NJ on whoever frees up cap space for 2nd Max and gets Toronto to accept pieces in a S & T...

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Someone that makes sense, if Bosh was going to Miami. This would be done and over with, Dwade would have resigned also. I've been saying for days, Lebron signed up with the Bulls on Saturday. Reason Bosh has been taking so long, cause he wants the full 6 years. Bosh has realized not going to happen, so sign up with Lebron in Chicago.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I meant Bosh doesn't want to go to Cleveland

  • Wouldn't it be funny for the COMMISH to have his top 3 players in the top 3 markets?

    HAHA.

  • If we don't get any of those 3 i respect Bulls management on taking a gamble though. At least we won the battle for Coach Thibs....

    Oh yeah Vinny Del Negro got the Clippers job! Well deserved..

  • Our FO have world class poker faces. The fact that we're not hearing anything is really a positive to the guys they're dealing with.

    Did that help?

  • ENOUGH...

  • I'm trying to be as positive as possible but I dont see Chicago coming out of this with anything more than Lee or Boozer whoever doesnt go to new Jersey. This whole one hour special is annoying, really? please tell me there's a half hour of commercials because how can anyone praise cleveland?or how great it is to live there in two minutes let alone an hour.

  • LBJ: Wassup guys, so where are you guys going?
    Wade: You go first Bosh
    Bosh: No, you go first Lebron
    LBJ: No you go first
    Wade: No you......

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    LBJ: MrHappy...what do you think?
    DWADE: I know already.
    Bosh: Me too.

    HAHA.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Try to be more cryptic...

    With all due respect if you have some sort of 411 spill the beans.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm just thankful that this whole thing has allowed me to take my attention completely off the Cubs for a few weeks. Thank GOD.

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    LOL, before you know it, Bears will be opening camp. Thank God Indeed!

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    DWADE: So Lebron, any chance you can ask ESPN to squeeze in our documentaries?

  • In reply to jmwebb:

    Well... this will just confirm what I knew about Lebron all a long, This guy is not about winning if he stays in Cleveland which I doubt, and he's really not about winning if he goes to N.Y. at least not now. If Lebron signs with N.Y. We all should look for either Raymond Felton, Tony Parker, and next year Carmelo to join the Knicks as well. Bulls hab better sign Boozer quickly before N.J. gives him a max contract.

  • In reply to Reese1:

    IF they get Lebron they won't have any money left for any of those guys, even using Curry's expiring deal only frees up an additional $11 million.

    I say look for NY to end up with Gilbert Arenas.

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    Dont forget that Bosh will be videotapping the whole phone conversation for his documentary and tweeting while he is on the phone. Plus like a girl he'll change his destination five times during the talk.

  • In reply to claytonabigsby:

    CAPS:

    Did anybody notice that Chris Bosh uses CAPS too?...mmm.

    http://twitter.com/chrisbosh/status/17902174618

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Sorry Happy, you have to be in the MEDIA SPOTLIGHT to be a DIVA like BOSH.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Did you go to annoying school while you were away, because you even more annoying than ever

  • I think you may be right, that's probably what he meant.. but still, the Bulls are going for it all. They are going for title contention, not just improvement. I respect that. Afterall, until you're winning titles, you're always going to want more.

  • Their fats...really? I am not hating, but proofreading is your friend...

  • I actually feel the same way about Boozer. IF he stays healthy, he actually fits well, and compliments Noah perfectly. That's a big if, though.

    As for Ray Ray, I'm a fan, but he's just plain old. I would rather get a younger guy who is improving and not regressing (Redick). As I've said before, I like Miller a lot and have felt like he would fit for awhile now. I heard Mason mentioned, but I'm not excited about him at all. I don't really know why.. just not big on his game.

  • I'll be disappointed if we don't get at least one of the top 3, but my disappointment will be softened greatly if we can come out with a money long range shooter and a solid low post scorer. I've never been much of a gambler, so I haven't been a fan of all this salary dumping on the chance that we might get a franchise caliber FA, but if the end result is marked improvement, I won't consider the salary dump a waste... unless we grossly overpay a couple of 2nd tier guys.

  • In reply to magestew:

    Thoughts:
    I agree with techenhance. I also commend the Chicago Management for going for it. I am actually getting pretty tired of all three of those free agents. I would not mind Lee and Noah playing together with those non-stop motors. Get us a good shooting guard who can defend, as well.

    Now, did you notice JJ is set up to go to the summer league and Taj is not. One could say they are resting Taj's planter faceitis OR he is one of the trade pieces. So, for a long shot, thing of some combination of Deng, Taj, Prysbilla, and Bayless (from Portland), and Bosh in a three team sign and trade. any combination and we get Bosh.

    OK, now that I calmed down and returned to my senses, once again I will be happy with a defensive inovative coach, David Lee, and a scoring 2 guard.

    Just sayin'

  • In reply to magestew:

    I know, I know................what would we do for a 3. By not having to give the money to Deng, we could do the above and get a pretty good three next year. There is some guy somewhere in the Rockies that would suffice.

    Any way it goes down, we will be competitive and have players who hustle for a good new coach. I can live with that.

  • The media has made it seem as though Washington can do this. Is it possible? I understand that it's unlikely, but Hinrich is the front office's child after all.

  • We still got the promise right?!?!?!

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