Report: NBA executive says James will sign with Bulls
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LeBron James, who becomes a free agent on Thursday, is strongly considering signing with the Chicago Bulls, according to a report.
The New York Times quoted an unnamed NBA executive as saying that James will join the Bulls along with Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors.
"I think it's a done deal," the executive told the Times.
According to the executive, five teams - the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets and Clippers - will travel to Cleveland on Thursday in an attempt to lure James away from the Cavaliers.
The Times reported the executive is from one of the five teams, but did not want to be named because James is not yet a free agent.
The executive said he thought James was meeting with all of the five teams "to be respectful to all these teams who jumped through these hoops."
The executive also said the Mavericks were trying to meet with James on Thursday.
Last Thursday, on draft night, the Bulls traded Kirk Hinrich and the 17th overall pick to Washington for a future second-round pick. That move, according to the Times, put the Bulls $29.2 million under the projected salary camp of $56.1 million for next season.
That isn't enough room to sign both James and Bosh but it is a good first step.
The Times reported that the team executive said he expected the Bulls would be able to make another move in order to acquire both players.
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