Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) sits on the bench at the end of the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at AT&T Center. The Spurs defeated the Heat 104-87 to win the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency Rumors: Could LeBron James Come To The Chicago Bulls?

As soon as the Miami Heat walked off the court in defeat on Sunday after the San Antonio Spurs’ title-clinching victory, the rumors regarding the future of LeBron James were destined to surface.

James refused to talk about his future after the game with reporters, but Yahoo Sports reports that James will at least exhaust all his options before deciding whether or not to return to the Heat next season.

Among the potential answers that are mentioned in the Yahoo report by Marc J. Spears are the Chicago Bulls. Spears writes that the Bulls have the resources to acquire James but questions if James would want to leave the Heat for an Eastern Conference rival that struggled to defeat Miami.

[Yahoo Sports]

The Bulls could have the available money, and they have Derrick Rose and arguably the league’s best defender in Joakim Noah. Chicago would have to amnesty forward Carlos Boozer and likely trade forward Taj Gibson to get the needed salary cap space. But can you really see James with an Eastern Conference rival that couldn’t beat the Heat even when Rose was healthy?

Spears does realize that James was the main reason why the Bulls struggled to beat the Heat, right?

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure that the Bulls’ struggles against the Heat would quickly end if James were to sign with Chicago this summer.

But to say that the Bulls have struggled against the Heat is an example of lazy reporting. Spears simply just looked at how the Bulls have fared against the Heat in the playoffs and based his assessment from that. Throwing in the caveat of “when Rose was healthy” was also a poor piece of evidence for Spears.

 “You guys [the media] are trying to find answers,” James said. “I’m not going to give you one. I’m just not going to give it to you. When I get to that point, I’ll deal with it.”

The Bulls are 9-6 during the regular season against the Heat since the Big 3 formed. No other team, with the exception of the Memphis Grizzlies, have a higher winning percentage against the Heat during the regular season since James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh joined forces in 2010.

The only time the Bulls have really struggled against the Heat is in the playoffs. The Bulls lost in the playoffs to the Heat in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, the Bulls were playing without Rose.

So with the exception of the playoffs, the Bulls have had the Heat’s number.

There is reasonable doubt that James would leave the Heat and the sign the Bulls, but one should not discredit the Bulls with a pure fallacy.

If James intends to leave the Heat, then like with Carmelo Anthony, the Bulls would be an appealing location.

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  • Leroy Boyd

    Yes Chicago is a perfect situation for Bron Melo Love and any other superstar but will anyone of them accept the challenge of playing in the shadow

  • tdh

    Chicago needs to really be careful in playing the LeBron Lottery again. It is very low odds that this works out. LeBron is happy in MIA and has made it to the NBA Finals 4 years consecutively. Why make a major change to a team that has not been in the finals in a decade? I am a Chicago fan, but let’s not fixate on LeBron. I am very worried that LeBron opts-out by the 30th and becomes a huge distraction. Meanwhile, the front office is holding their breath as Melo signs and Love is traded, and then CHI gets no offensive upgrade this off-season. That is a horrible outcome. Rose can’t come back after missing 2 years and be expected to play huge minutes and carry the team offensively at times. They need to have another option offensively and allow Rose to control his minutes and not be isolated by other teams defensively. I would much rather see Chicago focus on either Love or Melo. I think Melo has potential to come at a lower cost to the team’s assets. However, if the price is too high, then Love is a younger player that would be worth investing in at a high price. If you are paying Gibson and Butler as the price for a player, you would want that player to be young enough to get the value on the court for 4-5 years just like you will get with Butler and Gibson. Melo is at max got 4-5 years, so he does not make sense at the price of Butler and Gibson, but if he can be obtained for Boozer + Dunleavy + both picks then 100% do it. This could be through amnesty + trades of the picks and Dunleavy for future assets and nothing against the cap, or by trading Boozer + Dunleavy + both picks to NY for Melo. Either way, the price is the same for CHI. In the trade scenario they don’t get future picks for Dunleavy and this year’s picks, but they do get to keep the MLE to bring over Mirotic right away. Mirotic + Melo + the return of Rose would move Chicago into a serious threat to Miami in the East immediately. That is why I think Melo is the best option at the right price. If his price his high, then spend it to get KLove instead.

    • Leroy Boyd

      The Bulls are going to talk to everybody including Bron Love Melo Stuckley and any other player. But they are not going to stay focus on what they cant acquire. Bron has to opt out if he does than the Bulls wont be the only team in Bron’s ear.

      Can you imagine that Bron and Melo might pull off what Bron wade and Bosh did? Can you see Bron and Melo going to the same team?

      Chicago will get ride of everybody but Rose and Noah but can you see a team with Rose Butler Melo Bron and Noah? Fantasy ball all the way. The Bulls would have only Snell and Smith left. But what salary would Bron abd Melo take and could/would Rose restruct his contract to make it possible. But again its a fantasy ballers dream

  • Jack Thompson

    Why in the world would LeBron want to come to a team that has Rose on it?

    • Leroy Boyd

      So you think he likes playing with Chalmers and Cole rather then Rose come on man if that has to be explained to you how much basketball you know is questioned