Posted on: June 29, 2010 5:28 pm
The New York Times posted a fascinating story Tuesday in which Maverick Carter, CEO of LeBron James' marketing company, said adviser William Wesley will not be participating in the superstar's free-agent visits.
The quote is harsh.
“All the Wes rumors are untrue and he will not be at the meetings,” Carter said. “Wes has nothing to do with where he goes.”
All together now: Ouch.
This fits with a comment from an influential figure within the league who told me recently that Wesley's behind-the-scenes maneuvering with John Calipari had infuriated some in LeBron's camp. As a result, the power broker known as World Wide Wes had become "as out of the loop as out of the loop can be" when it comes to LeBron's free agency, the person said.
Does Wesley have to be in the room when James, Carter and others from the Akron wing of LeBron Inc. to influence the process? Not necessarily. As Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports pointed out, agent Leon Rose and Wesley are partners. If Rose is in the room -- and he will be -- then by definition Wesley is in the room.
But it's interesting that Wesley, whom many assumed would have the power to steer LeBron wherever he wanted him to go, has had his power diminished just days before LeBron's monumental decision. Just another thread in the fabric of what has become a high-stakes game of poker over where LeBron winds up.