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Could the Bulls be in on LeBron James’ Decision 2.0?
Back in the summer of 2010, the meeting between Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and then-free agent LeBron James went much longer than expected.
Two basketball junkies just talking ball.
It’s a meeting that needs to be revisited.
ESPN reported on Tuesday morning that James informed the Miami Heat that he was opting out of his contract, and just like that the entire NBA landscape could be completely reshaped.
So while the Bulls have been in hot pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, as well as poking around the Kevin Love trade sweepstakes, what exactly would be their interest in a four-time MVP like James? High if Thibodeau had any say.
Even back in March, Thibodeau was asked to compare James to another player he’s seen. His response?
“Because when you’re combing the speed, the power, the skill, the passing, the vision, I mean, I can’t recall anyone that I’ve coached against that’s like that,’’ Thibodeau said. “There’s nothing he doesn’t do. He’s great with the ball, great without the ball, can post, can drive, can shoot, can really pass. If you overcommit to him, he’s going to make you pay. And he keeps getting better every year. He’s an all-time great.’’
In acquiring Love it would come with some serious question marks. Even Anthony has some weaknesses, especially on the defensive side of the ball – which Thibodeau eats, sleeps and stresses to his team.
That’s a move-in ready model, catapulting the Bulls to the “it’’ team in the Eastern Conference.
The problem in all of this is James’ loyalty. He likes to play with his NBA friends, and that was evident in the first “Decision” when he opted to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. During the NBA Finals last week, the idea of James playing with Anthony – another one of his buddies – started to build momentum.
It’s a scary scenario that could take place in Miami if Wade, Bosh, James and Anthony decide to all opt out and then re-sign for the $12-$13 million range, but it’s hard to believe that four players would each leave more than $65 million on the table.
Unfortunately for the Bulls, they don’t have room to accommodate both James and Anthony. Thanks Derrick Rose contract.
But one or the other?
This offseason suddenly became even more interesting.