Based on the comments left on yesterday’s post, there’s a reasonably large contingent of Bulls fans who think management should make signing Chris Bosh their first priority.
If you’re in that group, you may get your wish.
John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times writes: “According to sources, the Bulls may try to lock up center/power forward Chris Bosh first and use that as a part of their sales pitch to James, the main domino in the NBA’s high-stakes free-agent game. With Bosh on board to go along with point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah, the Bulls could say they’re the only team James is considering that already has two former All-Stars (Bosh and Rose) and a potential one (Noah). The key to building a championship team, the Bulls would argue, is having multiple All-Stars, and James would be hard-pressed to find such an impressive supporting cast already in place.”
Of course, there are a million things that could go right or wrong with that plan — for starters, the Bulls couldn’t sign Bosh to a max deal and still afford LeBron — and GM Gar Forman knows it.
Said Forman: “There’s no way to know; there really isn’t. When [the free-agent period] hits, we’ll be on the phone, we’ll be aggressive. We’ve obviously looked at a lot of scenarios, how different things could play out, not only in free agency but possible trades or whatever it might be. Our job is to prepare for different scenarios, and that’s what we’ve spent a lot of time doing up to this point, and we’ll spend a lot of time on that [until tonight].”
Meanwhile, the latest in the LeBron Rumor Bonanza has Cleveland — not Chicago, Miami or New York — as the current frontrunner for His Royal Majesty’s basketball services.
According to Brian Windhorst of The Plain Dealer: “James still considers the Cavs to have the edge in re-signing the two-time Most Valuable Player, a source close to James told The Plain Dealer on Tuesday. This is based not only on the fact that the Cavs can pay him $30 million more than another team over the next six years, but also that the team is near James’ home.”
If that’s true, then it provides even more reason for the Bulls to target Bosh as their top priority.