Jonathan Abrams @ NYT:
The LeBron James sweepstakes will kick off in Ohio on his home turf Thursday as five teams — the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat, the Knicks, the Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers — travel there in an attempt to woo James away from the Cleveland Cavaliers, an executive of one of the teams in the hunt said Saturday.
But the meetings might not be much more than a formality. The executive, who did not want to be identified discussing a player who is not yet a free agent, said he had gathered from discussions with his fellow N.B.A. executives that James was strongly leaning toward joining the Bulls in tandem with another free agent, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors.
“I think it’s a done deal,” the executive said.
A done deal? That’s freakin’ awesome!
Adrian Wojnarowski @ Yahoo:
To listen to World Wide Wes, LeBron will never look back on Cleveland. “He’s up out of there,” is the way he tells it to people, but LeBron’s Akron crew has to tsk-tsk such public talk because they all live in Northeast Ohio, and maybe always will. “We’re going to Chicago,” William Wesley tells people, “and Chris Bosh is coming, too.”
Fred Mitchell & David Kaplan:
Tom Thibodeau is represented by Leon Rose, who also is the agent for LeBron James. Could something be brewing to pair the two together in Chicago? Several NBA types we spoke to believe that is a strong possibility.
Meanwhile, William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley, James’ powerful confidante, tells his NBA friends that the free agent is leaning hard towards signing with the Bulls.
Before closing out his analysis of the Chicago professional sports landscape, Guillen ventured into the world of the NBA and addressed LeBron James’ future.
“He can’t go to Chicago because he wants to be the man and Ozzie Guillen is the man,” said Guillen with a laugh. “He’s going to be No. 3 there. Lou Piniella is No. 2.”
If that’s the obstacle to getting LeBron in a Bulls jersey, Ozzie is gone in 60 seconds.