And so it begins. LeBron James' Cavaliers got knocked out of the playoffs yesterday, exactly 49 days before July 1, the first day free agents can negotiate with other teams. Forty nine days of Brett Favre-like speculation awaits.
That speculation began immediately following last night's game, as three NBA GMs told ESPN's Chad Ford that they believe the Chicago Bulls are the favorites for LeBron this summer.
In the space of five minutes I heard from three NBA GMs via text, e-mail and phone. All three said that based on the information they have, they believe LeBron will leave the Cavs.
More surprisingly, all of them said they believe the destination will be the Chicago Bulls. Two said they believe that John Calipari will be the Bulls' new head coach.
Calipari essentially inserted himself into this story by sitting courtside at Game 5 in Cleveland.
If LeBron were to leave for the Bulls, he would join a core that includes Calipari's former college star Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and possibly Luol Deng, though one GM said the Bulls would look to sign and trade Deng away if it meant bringing in James.