A night after the Chicago Bulls made more shockwave moves to set themselves up for NBA free agency July 1, a report has surfaced quoting a top LeBron James advisor saying The King and Chris Bosh are headed to Chicago.
It certainly seems that Chicago is lined up to land the prizes, but is this as done of a deal as it seems?
William "World Wide Wes" Wesley was quoted in a Friday column by Yahoo! Sports saying the LBJ-Bosh-to-Chicago transaction is all but done.
'"He’s up out of there,'" is the way he tells it to people, but LeBron’s Akron crew has to tsk-tsk such public talk because they all live in Northeast Ohio, and maybe always will," Adrian Wojnarowski writes.
'"We’re going to Chicago,' William Wesley tells people, 'and Chris Bosh is coming, too.'," is how Wojnarowkski put it in the column.
ESPN's Jalen Rose is an analyst, but he hasn't injected himself into the LeBron speculation wholeheartedly until now.
Rose, who gave Wesley the "World Wide Wes" nickname, has been tweeting that LBJ is out of Cleveland and that Chicago, Miami, and the Los Angeles Clippers are the leaders to get him.
The former baller has a solid reputation with his information. He's not a throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks kind of guy.
Rose tweeted that Miami and Chicago still need to clear out cap space to make it happen—not an exclusive revelation, but perhaps it was an educated prediction.
Thursday night, the Bulls sent Kirk Hinrich to Washington and cleared out $9 million in cap space.
The Heat made similar moves to trade draft picks and role players like Dequan Cook.
The end result is that Chicago has room to sign two max-contract guys, and if they are able to move Luol Deng, maybe even three.
Miami, meanwhile, is set up to sign Dwyane Wade and two more max guys.
There's a feeling around the league that Wesley, a former mortgage broker who first got close to Michael Jordan in the 1990s before befriending James as a teen, has enormous influence on the decision.
Yet Wesley is not a member of James' Northeast Ohio crew, which many feel have the only direct contact and sway the most favor with The King these days.
Chris Bosh was a guest host of "Mike & Mike in the Morning" Thursday, quite a ballsy day for the free agent to jump on the radio for four hours.
Bosh was mostly politically correct when fielding the free agent questions, but did say that the conventional wisdom of the moment is wrong.
James is not going to wait to see where everyone else lands. Bosh said he and others feel like James is driving the bus.
"Am I waiting on LeBron? Pretty much," Bosh said. "I think everyone has to. I have to as well."