Hey New York fans, put away your celebrity chefs and overpriced hookers, LeBron James isn’t interested in playing for your sad-sack Knicks anytime soon. According to an NBA exec who spoke to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity, James is leaning toward joining the Bulls in tandem with another free agent, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors.
On July 1st, James will entertain reps from five teams — the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat, the Knicks, the Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers — but only as a formality. He’s all but wrapped up in a gift box ready to ship to the home of Michael Jordan. The Bulls would probably have to move a couple more players to make it work, but the NBA exec called it a “done deal.” Word has it that Chicago has been shopping Luol Deng and his $54 million contract.
Should everything work out as planned, the Bulls’ starting lineup could look like this:
PG – Derrick Rose
SG – (Deng’s replacement?)
SF – LeBron James
PF – Chris Bosh
C – Joakim Noah
Scary. How many other teams can boast of 3 shoo-in All-Stars in their starting 5?
Now Chicago would have to substitute the entire bench with paper towel, since they won’t have money left to sign any other solid pieces.
[Source: New York Times]