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Report: Bulls Have 'Emerged As The Favorites' For LeBron James

While it had long been anticipated that LeBron James would go on an extended tour of potential free agent destinations, Chris Broussard of ESPN.com is reporting that James will conduct all interviews with other NBA clubs in Northeastern Ohio.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Bulls will be one of the six teams that will travel to Akron to meet with James. He also writes that Chicago appears to have the inside track.

James and his advisors plan to have the Nets, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers make presentations. Yahoo! Sports first reported on Thursday morning that James would be taking appointments with teams on July 1 to begin his free-agency process.

The Bulls have emerged as the favorites for James, and the Heat and Nets are making a strong push, too. The Knicks and Clippers appear to be longer shots to sign James.