LeBron James Leaves Door Open For Dwayne Wade In Chicago

Jeff HicksCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2010

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15:  (L-R) Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, members of the gold medal winning USA Olympic basketball team, admire their rings during half time of the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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NBA free agency negotiations have lead to a lot of speculation and intriguing scenarios.

The "Big Three" of Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh signing in Miami. Joe Johnson signing a contract he arguably does not deserve. Toronto refusing to do a sign-and-trade with Bosh.

The latest and most interesting scenario has Wade taking a good hard look at his hometown Chicago Bulls. This new development can also include the addition of James, Bosh, or pretty much any other free agent depending on the money that is left over.

There are a lot of "ifs" to this situation. Cap space in Chicago, personal issues, and timing.

The possibility of two of the big three coming to the Windy City could leave a big gap on the Bulls' bench. Taking on two of the three would cost roughly $32 million, and would put Chicago in the red without having many choices on the sideline.

Rumors surrounding Luol Deng to pretty much any team have run rampant for the least couple of weeks. Any deal that would unload his contract and bring in two players whose contracts add up to the same may make sense (hence the Portland rumors for Joel Przybilla and others).

2009 first round pick James Johnson may also be on his way out if two thirds of the the aforementioned come to town.

Dwayne Wade and LeBron James have been wrestling with personal decisions and choices that have, and will play a part in their decisions to go where they choose.

Wade apparently was not happy by Miami's decision not to pursue or even meet with F/C Amare Stoudemire, which may have lead to his second meeting with Chicago.

Wade also has been going through a draining and unfortunate divorce where child custody has become an issue.

D-Wade is a family man, no doubt.

Being closer to home and not losing his kids could be what actually gets the ink dried on a contract with the Bulls. I would imagine he would not want to portray a come and go image to his kids, which his mother did because of drugs and jail time for much of his adolescence.

LeBron loves Ohio. Akron is his home and Cleveland is the home team. As much as Chicago or any other city could offer, they cannot offer home, which James has always been loyal to.

Anyone out of their comfort zone performs below standards. James is no exception. If he sign with the Bulls and under-performs, you'll know that he made the wrong choice.

James has to be completely comfortable with his decision.

On top of that, James has his Nike camp in Cleveland through Wednesday of this week. He has openly said he will wait up until the end of the camp to make a decision. This choice leaves the door wide open for Dwayne Wade to get his deal done in Chicago first.

This could potentially corner James, who is the reason why this free agency is considered the best in NBA history.

Imagine that. LeBron may hurt his own chance of picking where he wants to go.

If Wade signs and someone like Bosh, Carlos Boozer, or David Lee agrees to terms before Wednesday, James will not be in Chicago.

As mentioned earlier, Chicago only has so much money. If someone like Lee takes $10 million or less a year, Chicago would still be able to get another decent contract or spread the wealth among a couple of role players. They could do this all while getting two major cogs in their lineup to go with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

Timing could be everything in the next few days. The Bulls may not land LeBron, but they can thank him for potentially bringing in Dwayne Wade and a cast of others.