James Not Planning Visits; Bulls Are Said to Move to Front in Chase to Land Him
By JONATHAN ABRAMS
Published: June 26, 2010
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.
After trading away guard Kirk Hinrich, right, a seven-year veteran, the Chicago Bulls have $29.2 million under the salary cap.
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.