Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:45 pm
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Posted on: July 8, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:00 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted at around 11:30 a.m. ET that the Cavs were in active trade talks with the Timberwolves to acquire point guard Jonny Flynn. Flynn is represented by LeBron's agent as well as LRMR, LeBron's marketing firm.
Two interesting things here: 1) Can Cleveland really sway LeBron's decision at this point with a trade like this? Is that the reasoning behind it? Or are they already trying to move on? Regardless, obviously the major, most pressing concern for LeBron in returning to Cleveland is the supporting cast. So the Cavs are trying to remedy that by grabbing a promising young point guard. Makes sense. But this is like 11th hour stuff here. Maybe LeBron already knew about these talks a week ago. Maybe the Cavs promised LeBron they were going to be active in the trade market to improve the team. Or again, maybe they're trying to move on. Who knows. Well, we'll know in about nine hours I guess.
2) David Kahn trading a point guard? So maybe that's why the Wolves talked with Luke Ridnour. Can't just trade Flynn away and then have a reasonable amount of point men, no. Kahn's got to have his garage full of them. But seriously though, trading Flynn could potentially open up the door to bring Ricky Rubio over in the next few years. Rubio was miffed when the Wolves drafted Flynn. Maybe clearing that spot could help relations a bit. This could actually make a little sense. That is until we see the deal is probably for Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson.
Whatever the case, if this trade happens, it'll add a little more drama to a day that's already chock full of it. And that's really what we need, right?
Posted on: July 8, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:01 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
Everyone thinks they've got a line into "LeBron's camp" and depending on who you talk to, he's either completely being pushed towards the Heat, or being told not to leave Cleveland . Pretty much no one has any idea what's going on, and everyone is being fed information that may or may not be accurate. What's interesting is how completely World Wide Wes William Wesley has been pushed (seeminlgy) from this process. Maverick Carter from all accounts really has pulled off a complete coup, even though he has really nothing on his resume to speak of that jumps off the page at you.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:13 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:02 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
In yesterday's episode of LeBron-o-rama , we saw that New York was the heavy favorite. That was soon to be overridden by late last night's report that the Heat had become the front-runners to court a King. But the real answer to this riddle? No one knows where James is going. Probably not even LeBron.
Throughout this entire process, James has kept his thoughts and feelings close to his vest. While Dwyane Wade spoke more openly about what he was feeling and thinking, and Bosh let it be know through various leaks, James has been a sphinx. Silent, unmoving, a riddle in statue form. The news that's come out about his thoughts or preferences? They've all been concepts that come from "sources" close to the situation. You know who's close to the situation? James. That's it. The whole kit and kaboodle.
And most strange in all of this? There have been no leaks that put him back in Cleveland. Not the location of the announcement . Not the movement of his tax documents . And not the prospect of the super team. It's all leaning away from Cleveland.
Why in a time when there is abject speculation from every angle and degree, where every person with an agenda for James going to his or her city, is there no significant word about Cleveland?
And again, the reporter who's followed his entire career, who's been a step away from him from the time he hit high school, that guy isn't hearing anything ? A guy who's as widely respected in NBA media circles as anyone and who has had the, er... mouth of LeBron James (since if he had his ear LeBron would be listening to him, and that's not really, you know, let's just move on), that guy has heard nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada.
Now, it could be that James is trying to downplay the devastation he's about to wreak on the city of Cleveland and state of Ohio. Both financially and personally, a whole bunch of Ohio folks are about to be crushed if he has in fact decided to bolt. It would make sense to put distance between James and Cleveland publicly.
Plus, Cleveland just doesn't have the media to drum up rumors. And the media they have won't do it. So we're left with silence about Cleveland. And it could be that that silence says more than anything. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. We'll know tonight. But the one thing I am sure of?
The only person who knows what's going on has "Chosen One " written on his back.
Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 7:43 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times reports the Warriors and Knicks are potentially close to a deal that would send David Lee to Golden State and Anthony Randolph to New York via a sign-and-trade.
The rumored deal would send Randolph plus "a few other pieces." The hangup? LeBron James. According to Thompson, if LeBron decides to go anywhere but New York, the trade has potential. Otherwise, it might die. If LeBron decides to go to New York, in order to make room for his max contract, the Knicks would have to drop Lee to free up the cap space. That would end the sign-and-trade possibility and GSW's shot at Lee. But if LeBron doesn’t go to New York, then the Warriors are in play.
As for what Lee might get, Thompson said the Warriors won't offer Lee a max deal, but GSW's ceiling is a six-year contract starting somewhere around $13 million.
Thompson also said three other teams have offers on the table for a sign-and-trade with Lee, but that's just if LeBron opts to play somewhere other than New York.
Posted on: July 7, 2010 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 5:59 pm
All of Cleveland, I want you to click away. Go read KB talking about Kevin Durant. Or the Browns. Something. But you don't need to read this, it will do you no good, and probably doesn't mean anything anyway.
Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has indicated that where LeBron James holds his announcement about free agency tomorrow night will not be an indication of his decision . That said, along side the information about New York rising up the chart we brought you earlier, there's been an interesting wrinkle come out of the woodwork.
Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reports an uncomfirmed rumor that James is making the announcment from the home of Alan Houston. This vibes with what Windhorst also tweeted today about the announcement coming from Greenwich, Conneticut (Houston lives in Greenwich). Greenwich, if you didn't know, it widely considered a New York suburb.
UPDATE: Allen Hahn of Newsday reports the same .
If James were returning home, why would he make the announcement from the home of a former Knicks? Even if an alternative rumor Isola suggests, that the announcment is coming from a Boys and Girls Club in town, is correct, why would James announce from a New York suburb that he's returning to Cleveland? Why not stay home and make the announcement from Akron? Or if he's headed to Miami, why not from South Beach in Dwyane Wade's home?
Maybe just to mess with us.
It's not out of the realm of possibility that James is dropping hints to throw people off. There have been no indications outside of these types of ancillary indications that James is considering anything but Miami or Cleveland, and mostly just Cleveland. Throw in the fact that Windhorst also reported (again, via Twitter) that James is filming segments around Akron for part of his website, and you have a perplexing look at what's going on.
James may have a plan in place, a decision made, he may not. But the way things are shaping up, one thing's certain. The speculation won't end until 9p.m. EST tomorrow night.
Posted on: July 7, 2010 3:24 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 4:40 pm
Let's take a small whirl around the churning LeBron rumor mill, shall we?
Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley tweeted at about 2:00 p.m. ET :
Breaking News!!! My sources tell me Lebron will announce that he will be goin to the NY Knicks tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!! So there's that. Chad Ochocinco also tweeted a little before that a "hint" telling where LeBron was headed:
#OCNNBREAKINGNEWS *Empire State of Mind* *wink* *wink*only the smart folk will put this together and figure out what i am talking about #6 I think I can put that all together there, Ocho. Also, Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reported that LeBron is leaning New York . Earlier he wrote, "With a televised decision coming tomorrow night on ESPN, sources today continue to indicate that LeBron James is leaning toward New York." Newsday reported the location of LeBron's announcement will come from Greenwich, CT and as Brian Windhorst tweeted , though the location doesn't specifically mean anything, the whole thing still smells a little funny.
So there's more than one thing out there hinting that LeBron is leaning towards New York. But for whatever reason, it's just hard to imagine a guy planning a one-hour special just to rip the heart out of his hometown team. Doesn't that seem a little cruel? Or is that just me? LeBron is all about marketing himself and while this special certainly will have people talking, it just seems like bad PR to devastate your hometown. Now to do this TV thing and stay, well, that's good stuff. He's a hero.
So of course you start wondering if these rumors have been planted by LeBron's PR folks to stir up interest. I realize it's a little crazy to start looking at this as JFK II: The Free Agency Files, but I don't think I'd put it past anybody. If they'll go so far as to plan a one-hour announcement, I don't think it would be far-fetched to hype it up a bit. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweeted that the Knicks feel like it's Cleveland . So I guess in the end, nobody knows anything and we'll just have to wait until tomorrow. NBA free agency: A mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma.
Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:59 pm
There are going to be heartbroken fans in free agency. It's part of the process. There are Knick fans who love David Lee, Jazz fans that love Carlos Boozer, even Milwaukee fans who love Luke Ridnour. Really. and Lee and Boozer may return to their home, just as LeBron James may come back to the loving arms of Cleveland. But someone is going to get hurt. It's part of sports.
It will not be Heat fans.
Dwyane Wade is coming back. And lost in the throes of glee that he's brining Chris Bosh (and possibly LeBron James?) with him is that Wade didn't abandon the team that drafted him (unlike Bosh...sorry Toronto). Wade was drafted by the Heat out of Marquette and immediately put the Heat on the map. They had been just years removed from playoff contention but had never made the Finals. Wade changed all that. And the first player to take you to the promised land is always special. Wade said all along that his heart was in Miami. Today he put his money where his mouth is.
Then he took to YouTube to share his decision with the fans. It's yet another example of how 2010 is the year of the athlete controlling the message :