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Source: Hiring not factor for James

Updated: June 20, 2010, 6:44 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

The selection of Tom Thibodeau as the next head coach of the Bulls is neither a plus nor a minus in Chicago's pursuit of prized free agent LeBron James, a team source said Monday.

The Bulls were told by a few people close to James that the hiring of Thibodeau would not influence his decision on coming to Chicago one way or the other, and that after reports surfaced that John Calipari might be a candidate for Bulls coach, James let it be known he did not want to be part of those decisions ...

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