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Bulls could be held up by James ‘Decision 2.0′
Four years later, and the Bulls are still being held hostage by LeBron James.
Now that’s power.
But it’s not just the Bulls. Throw Miami, Cleveland, Phoenix, New York, the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, Houston, Dallas … really, almost every team not nestled in San Antonio.
The latest is that James will finally meet face-to-face with a team this week, and it’s his current team the Heat. The mother of all meetings as far as the landscape of the NBA goes, with team president Pat Riley trying to keep his dynasty alive and well in South Beach.
So why could this disrupt Bulls business?
Despite the Bulls losing momentum in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, the feeling was the seven-time All-Star would take the weekend to sort through things and have an answer by today. But with James still undecided, and Heat teammate Chris Bosh now being heavily courted by Houston, the idea of James and Anthony on the same roster isn’t entirely six feet under just yet.
That’s bad news for the Bulls on several fronts, with the obvious being the inability to become fully vested in Plan B. While they have already started taking steps toward moving on with Anthony, evident with the Nikola Mirotic talks, the visit to free agent Pau Gasol, as well as numerous calls on players like Chandler Parsons, Shawn Marion and Trevor Ariza, until they are given a not happening by Anthony, well, they’re just slow playing.
As far as the idea of Lance Stephenson to the Bulls, a call was made last week just to check in, and according to sources, Stephenson pricing himself as a $9- to $10-million-a-year player is not happening with the Bulls.