LeBron James admitted earlier this week that he is haunted and motivated by the ghost that once played in Chicago. Basketball pundits believe James could eventually join the Chicago Bulls and win championships in the Windy City, just like his childhood hero Michael Jordan.
James has not done his part in dispelling the persistent rumors linking him to Dwyane Wade and the Bulls. The three-time NBA champion previously stated that he does not plan to leave Cleveland for a second time, but he has yet to re-sign with the Cavaliers.
The 31-year-old superstar is one of the most image-conscious athletes in the world today. He could have reached and extension with the team at the start of free agency to quell any speculation that he might leave.
Alas, a month has passed and James is still an unrestricted free agent. He could be up to something that might shock the general public, especially the good folks at Northeast Ohio.
David Rouben of FanSided listed a few reasons why James would sign with the Bulls. First off, he would reunite with his close friend Dwyane Wade in Chicago. Second, they would form a new Big Three with budding superstar Jimmy Butler.
James has no problem sliding to the power forward spot if need be. The twelve-time NBA All-star told the Cavaliers front office in March that we would have played power forward permanently had the team signed veteran scorer Joe Johnson. James would have the same selfless mentality if he plays with Butler.
“All I care about is winning. That’s all that matters to me,” said James, via Cleveland.com. “A piece like Joe, you know what it does to your team and if he was concerned about playing time or concerned about starting, then I’ll sacrifice. I’ll sacrifice to get a guy like that to help us try to win a championship.”
Another reason why James would prefer playing for the Bulls is that he will be the team’s pseudo-coach, general manager and top recruiter. Much like David Blatt, newbie head coach Fred Hoiberg would know better than to upset a superstar of LeBron’s caliber.
Lastly, James gets to chase his idol’s franchise milestones. He may never overtake Jordan as the best player in NBA history, but he can narrow the gap even more by breaking some of the long-standing records Jordan has set in Chicago.