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No free-agency tour for LeBron

Posted on: June 25, 2010 7:55 pm
 
Suddenly chastened by criticism he has received for making the NBA's spring and summer all about him, LeBron James has informed teams that he is not planning to participate in an elaborate free agency tour come July 1, a person familiar with the decision confirmed to CBSSports.com Friday.

So much for a lavish recruiting dinner in a Manhattan penthouse or a tour of the best clubs South Beach has to offer. Not going to happen, said the person with knowledge of James' plans.

Maverick Carter, James' business manager, told ESPN The Magazine that teams were informed of James' plans Wednesday and that the free agent-to-be will meet with suitors at a neutral site.

The decision by James may help cleanse his battered image after speculation over his future singlehandedly hijacked the NBA postseason and draft. It also could be viewed as a blow to teams in big, glitzy markets that have been planning for months to roll out the red carpet for one of the most sought-after -- and attainable -- free agents in NBA history. The Knicks, for example, have been quietly contacting world renowned chefs in Manhattan to secure their services for a possible free-agent visit by James and other free agents. Titans of business, film, theater, and fashion also were at the ready to help the Knicks lure James to New York -- although a person with knowledge of the Knicks' free-agency prep work downplayed a published report this week of a penthouse extravaganza in James' honor in Manhattan on July 1.

But contrary to prevailing opinion, the Knicks were not planning to rely entirely on the allure of New York and its off-the-court cachet to lure James. Though James has stated that he wants to be a world-wide sports icon and billionaire, teams hoping to win him over during the free-agent negotiating period that begins July 1 have understood all along that basketball has to come first. Teams with the cap space and market size to attract James -- the Knicks, Bulls, Heat, Nets and possibly Clippers -- have "prepared for every contingency," according to a high-level management source familiar with plans to recruit James.

On the other hand, Knicks president Donnie Walsh has the answer to one of the key questions he has been contemplating about this unprecedented free-agent summer. And while Walsh privately is telling people he doesn't see this as a deal-breaker, he was known to be interested in seeing which free agents would want to give the Knicks a chance to show them what New York -- as a city and market -- could do for them. The message from James with just days to go before the recruiting process begins is perfectly clear. There may well be a LeBron free agency tour, but it'll be on his terms.


 

Comments

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2010 11:11 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

No, it's about 27 million.  Not enough to sign 2 full boat free agents.  No Lebron James and Chris Bosh coming the Heats way.  Really, why would Lebron want to play with Wade?  He wants to be the man and win championships.  He does not want to be second fiddle to Wade.  James is coming to the Chicago Bulls or staying in Cleveland with the Cavaliers.



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2010 10:55 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

As far as whether these teams have done anything in the last 15 years, I would say the answer is yes for the Knicks.  They competed for the crown while Ewing was in town.  They may have always come up short but they contended.  The Nets were in the finals 8 or so years too if I remember right.  The Clippers are the one team in that group that has no clue what contending is. 



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2010 10:19 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

Article:  And while Walsh privately is telling people he doesn't see this as a deal-breaker, he was known to be interested in seeing which free agents would want to give the Knicks a chance to show them what New York -- as a city and market -- could do for them.



There is nothing about NY or any city that Lebron "needs".  This is hilarious.  He has played in Cleveland/Akron (same market) his entire life and he still owns NY and every other city out there.  He wants to be global?  He doesn't need to leave Cleveland to do that.




Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2010 10:03 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

What more does the diva want? Lebron and wade or LeBron and rose, won't work.  The only way LeBron can play with players like that is if the NBA makes the game 23 12minute periods, so they can all get the number of shotd they need. LeBron was on the team with the best record 2 years in a row. He quit after game 3 in the Boston series and now he his holding the city of Cleveland hostage.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2010 9:55 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

You are right Irish, but Cleveland is in disarry because of LeBron. He is holding the franchise hostage. I used to be a big LeBron fan, but he is a loser. Money is not the issue. He will get what he wants. He says he wants a championship. He wants to play with a contender. Well, the Cavs have had the best record in the NBA the last 2 seasons. He QUIT on his team half way through the Boston series. I don't know what the diva wants.



Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2010 12:43 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

That is  30 million AFTER we sign Wade. That is enough i players want to get it done. They save about 5% right off the bat by not paxing state tax here, so they all could take 1M less and theoretically still make about the same, and keep Bealsey or similiar contract.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2010 11:26 am
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

Might want to get your facts correct valleydawg before ripping on someone else.  The Heat have less then 30 million under the cap.  If the Heat buy out James Jones and can somehow trade Beasley and make some other moves then they could be over 40 million in cap space.  Does not look good for that to happen right now.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2010 3:38 am
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

The same argument you use against the other teams works against Cleveland (if not two-fold). The Bulls and Heat at least have another star, which you say is a requirement to win a championship, yet Cleveland does not. You say the Bulls and Heat only have perimeter players that would demand the ball as much as James and they lack an inside force. Are you saying that Big Z, Varajao and Jamison are premier big men? Have you forgotten that there are three such big men who are also looking for homes and Miami and Chicago have the cap room to sign them as well? Why would LeBron want to go to any of these places? To paraphrase Joakim Noah: There's nothing going on in Cleveland.



Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2010 11:22 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

and also like Jordan and Pippen Wade and Lebron are great defenders and that lead to 6 championships.....
A team featuring multiple superstars doesn't NOT guarantee success, much less six championships.  There was a team that had LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and a bunch of All-Stars.  How great was that team?  They only managed to win bronze medals at the Olympics and the FIBA championship tournament.




Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2010 10:03 pm
 

No free-agency tour for LeBron

If you haven't learned by now. It takes MULTIPLE stars on a team to compete for a championship

So Chicago and Miami think that adding Lebron to Rose or Wade wins a Championship? 2 guys on the same team that demand the ball outside the 3 point line?

Have any of these teams shown anything in the past 15 years to show they are even interested in a title?





Sorry but i must disagree with you like you maybe smart but this post wasnt well thoughtout.... Multiple Stars???? really so being able to bring in 2 Max Contract guys as the Bulls Nets Heat can all do doesnt give you multiple stars???? and once again the Bulls can add 2 guys to Rose and Noah and the Nets can add 2 guys to Harris Favors and Lopez and if Miami gets Wade and Lebron can you say Jordan and Pippen all over again? because last i checked Wade and Lebron both shot high percentages because they don't shoot the three as much similiar to Jordan and Pippen and also like Jordan and Pippen Wade and Lebron are great defenders and that lead to 6 championships.....15 yrs?  say 5 and maybe you prove your point lets see in the last 15yrs both the Nets and the Knicks have played in 2 NBA Finals a piece the Clippers and Knicks have spent a shit load of money Trying to field good teams So lets see what 5 of these teams would look like with Lebron and you tell me what you really think

Bulls: pg Rose sg James sf Deng pf Bosh or Amare C Noah
Knicks: pg Douglas sg James sf Chadler pf Bosh or Amare C Curry
Nets: pg Harris sg Johnson sf James pf Favors C Lopez
Heat: pg Chalmers sg Wade sf James pf Beasley C O'Neil
Clippers: pg Davis sg Gordan sf James pf Griffin C Kamen

all 5 teams have multiple"STARS" although the Knicks still would be the hardest place to win a championship And I already see it coming next you will say James CAN'T play the   sg cuz he is a sf and my reply to that is "and why not?" the 2 and the 3 are interchangable when the sg has the size to play the sf spot or the sf has speed kinda like Lebron does.....


 



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