Category Archives: Lebron James
Like many of us from time to time, LeBron James must decide where he is
going to work next. This has created a smattering of interest. ESPN, for
instance, has created a Web page called the “LeBron Tracker,” which
includes a countdown-to-free-agency clock; when it hits zero, I assume
James will drop out of the sky onto Times Square.
Actually, best I can tell from reading the New York papers, James is
going to sign with the Knicks and the Nets.
Here is a rundown of the most likely places LeBron will land:
• Cavaliers: James has reached the proverbial fork in the road. If he
follows the same route to The Q, they’ll name the highway after him. But
if he takes the interstate out of town, he’d better take all his
belongings because nobody’s letting him come back home.
BOSTON – Patrick Ewing’s one-word response to any questions regarding a
certain big-name free agent is quite telling.
"Cleveland," is Ewing’s standard answer.
Clearly, Ewing is not about to risk paying a hefty fine for speaking
about LeBron James’ future plans. Instead, Ewing made it clear that the
home team has an advantage because James can make more money if he
re-signs with the Cavs.
"The league designed it that way," Ewing added. "If you stay you can
make $30 million more. And if you already have a good team, why leave?"
If LeBron James isn’t sure he can win in Cleveland, President Barack
Obama thinks there’s an opportunity with his hometown Chicago Bulls.
"You know, like I said, I don’t want to meddle," Obama told TNT. "I will
say this: [Derrick] Rose, Joakim Noah it’s a pretty good core. You
know, you could see LeBron fitting in pretty well there."
The rumor about LeBron James house hunting in Highland Park (some say
with Michael Jordan) has taken on a life of its own. But there is no
evidence it’s true.
Matt Silver, an Evanston real estate agent, said he does not believe it.
He has handled deals with sports celebrities in Highland Park,
including the sale of B.J. Armstrong’s home to Julius Peppers.
Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
Depending on perspective, the Cavaliers either dodged a bullet in the
LeBron James sweepstakes Tuesday night or there was no impact from a
usually distinctive NBA event.
LeBron James has reached out to the Knicks, which may or may not be such
a good thing for Donnie Walsh’s club.
James, according to a source, has contacted Knicks center Eddy Curry
about working out together at some point during the offseason. There may
be nothing more to it than the fact that James and Curry are
represented by the same agent, Leon Rose. James and Curry also have
close ties to noted NBA power broker William Wesley, whom the Knicks put
in charge of Curry’s workouts last summer.
A source with direct knowledge of the Chicago Bulls front office’s
plans says the team believes it has the right players in place —
namely, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng — to surround LeBron
James when it makes its case with the free agent-to-be on July 1.
But the source said there has been no discussion of bringing Kentucky
coach John Calipari in with James as part of a package deal.
Word has spread that LeBron James placed a phone call to Derrick Rose
after the Cavaliers’ playoff elimination and is already expressing
interest in joining the Bulls as a free agent, as chronicled in today’s
This is obviously great news for the Bulls, who have roughly six weeks
to prepare their recruiting pitch before free-agency begins on July 1.
CLEVELAND — At the final buzzer Thursday night, LeBron James and Kevin
Garnett were seen whispering in each other’s ears. Garnett may have told
James: "Get out now!"
That’s what Garnett believes James should do.
"Loyalty is something that hurts you at times because you can’t get
youth back," Garnett said regarding James’ big decision following
Boston’s stunning ouster of the Cavaliers. Garnett added if he had to do
it all over again with Minnesota, "I’d have done it a little sooner."
All signs are pointing toward a Cleveland exit for James — with the
Knicks gaining confidence at having a legitimate shot at landing "The
Chosen One" on July 1 when free-agency begins.
Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer
Over the past two years, there have been dozens of twists and turns in
the LeBron James free-agency saga, most of them small events that have
been magnified by the size of the stage.