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LeBron James isn't talking to anyone, but we're all still guessing

Jul 6, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for lebron_james_arty.jpgWe don’t know. Nobody in the media knows.

That won’t stop us from speculating. We’ll use a shred of information to concoct entire theories. We’ll guess. (Complain about that if you want, but those guesses get a lot of viewers — you like it so we keep doing it). But we don’t know what LeBron James is going to do. In a world and news cycle that thrives on information, we have no good stuff.

Because LeBron James is on lockdown. He has tightened his inner circle way down — even one-time confidant William Wesley is on the outside now — and nobody has info. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer explains (via twitter).

At this point, LeBron has tightly closed ranks, only seriously talking about decision with a couple people. Which is why so little info.

Also, can confirm several reports of a rift between Wesley & James camp. Wes was indeed pushing Chicago, I’m told.

But let me say, LeBron & Maverick Carter relaxed & pleasant to stalking media (me). They’re having way more fun than us. Based on several people who have talked to LeBron in last 72 hours, he is giving impression he’s undecided after last week’s meetings.

William Wesley was the ultimate insider, and now he is outside. He was the guy pushing the “trade for Chris Paul now and LeBron will play with him” idea last month. He pushed Chicago. But Wesley benefits if LeBron leaves Cleveland. In Cleveland, Maverick Carter and LeBron’s close friends have a lot of power — power they would not have (or have as much of) in Chicago or Miami or New Jersey or New York. Wesley would still have his power, he could even fill the power void where LeBron’s friends lost out.

But the ultimate insider is outside looking in, too, apparently. And you wonder why the media has so little info.

You could try to read into all this — maybe Cleveland still has the upper hand if it is his close friends who still can whisper in LeBron’s ear. But that is just more speculation. And we’ve all had about enough of that. It’s time for information. And a decision.

  1. MIKE GARCIA - Jul 6, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Lebron needs to leave cleveland and move on to bigger and better things. Get out of his comfort zone…..
    Lebron needs to GO TO CHICAGO!

  2. Bruce - Jul 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    If Lebron truly wants to eventually be recognized as one of sports all time greats (Ali, Gretzky, Jordan, The Babe), there is only ONE place to play…..NEW YORK!

  3. David - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Lebron should stay in Cleveland and get rid of his “inter circle!” As I read elsewhere, one GM stated they went to Cleveland and “met with a bunch of 25 year old kids!” Also it was mentioned, if not for Lebron dumping cash into this firm of his friends, its in the pits.

  4. Noah - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    I’ve got breaking news to report: LBJ to Chicago. Confirmed via tweet from my co-worker in the next cube (his tweet):
    “LBJ will definitely go to Chicago, while I don’t have a direct quote from him or his people, word is he will go to Chicago.”
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, this whole article should be retracted about Rose’s preference, rediculous.

  5. mike c - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    -Chicago hahahah dream on take d-wade and be happy about it….not gonna get lebron he is staying in cleveland no doubt about it,he has already enrolled his kids in school in akron wouldnt do that if he was leaving. Chicago is a joke, has the national guard got all the murders under control in chicago yet?yeah really sounds like a bigger and better place!!
    born here,raised here, plays here!!!!Go Cavs!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Nedley Mandingo - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    If LeBron comes to Chicago I can promise him oral before and after the games. I love sucking on a nice firm black penis, especially when its all sweaty and full of smegma.

  7. David - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Never happen, especially with the current roster.

  8. MMD - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    I’m sick and tire of Lebron bluff. Is he a God or what? Even all the great players before him never drill the NBA like this. What is he going to accompliash for the reaming time lift for him to play that other great players before him did not accomplish? Even the great Bryant(5 super rings) did not treat the Lakers the way Cleveland is been treated. Lets see if he’ll land a championship to whatever team he decides to play for this conoming season. Check it out, he may never get a ring if luck is not on his side.

  9. Bob - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    jordan played in chicago.

  10. chris - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    because Jordan played in NY? There have been plenty of stars that did not define their career in NY. New Yorkers are just pissed because the Knicks are beyond terrible. Get used to it.

  11. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    The Babe gained fame in Boston..

  12. utteke - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Dream on… LeBron is staying home. The Bulls might have Rose and Noah but the Cavs have more depth by far top to bottom.

  13. raoulduke - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Ali was from Kentucky.
    Jordan played in Chicago.
    Gretzky only spent the last 3 years of his career with the Rangers.
    If it wasn’t for the Bambino, that post would have been 100% ridiculous instead of only 75% ridiculous.

  14. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Because that’s where all those guys played, right?

  15. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    “But that is just more speculation. And we’ve all had about enough of that.”
    Then STFU unless reporting real news? Quit giving the baby the attention he seeks?

  16. ruben cisneros - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    COME TO MIAMI BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  17. H25 - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Ahhhhhhh the inner circle. Remember when Mike Tyson fired all his representation and had his ‘buddies’ John Horne and Rory Halloway handle his business affairs. How did that work out?

  18. Rusty - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Where Lebron goes makes no difference. What is important is that he leaves Cleveland amd his high school buddies behind. He cannot continue to support them and drag them around with him. Sooner or later they will get him in trouble.
    It is time to man up and move on. LB can be a start anywhere but he has to shed the baggage.

  19. Tony - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Lebron will not play in Chicago, why would Lebron want to be in Michael Jordan shadows and his 6 Championships? If Lebron doesn’t win at least 6 Championships for Chicago it will be consider a failure. If Lebron wins just 1 Championship in NY, he will be a living GOD. I think Lebron will be playing in NY.

  20. Dave - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Do people really think the Bulls are that good? They just gave up their best shooter and we all know what happened in Cleveland when guys couldn’t hit an open jump shot. The Bulls would be better with James no doubt, but would be a 1st or 2nd round playoff bust.

  21. Matt - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Tony.
    How do you expect him to win a championship in New York with the horrible team and coach you guys have?

  22. Ron - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Every last one of you is nuts, and for most of you, a whole new world will open up when you learn how to read and write.

  23. Thom - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Absolute Nonsense. There are only TWO places LeBron could land. He’s 80% leaning towards Cleveland. The other 20% is New York. If he leaves Cleveland to go to Miami, he’s going to be Dwyane Wade’s sidekick. Wade owns Miami and LeBron’s whole BRAND is built on GREATNESS….Remember the whole “Witness” campaign? His legacy will be tarnished…He could never be “The Man” in that city. Chicago??? Really??? Where he’ll be living in the shadow of Michael Jordan no matter what he does? Stop. If he wants to really build his legacy he can only do it in Cleveland or New York.

  24. HammarHead - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Sounds like the “ultimate insider” needs to learn to keep his mouuth shut – but based on your story he may be too late – he may become the “ultimate hasbeen”.

  25. hom - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Absolute Nonsense. There are only TWO places LeBron could land. He’s 80% leaning towards Cleveland. The other 20% is New York. If he leaves Cleveland to go to Miami, he’s going to be Dwyane Wade’s sidekick. Wade owns Miami and LeBron’s whole BRAND is built on GREATNESS….Remember the whole “Witness” campaign? His legacy will be tarnished…He could never be “The Man” in that city. Chicago??? Really??? Where he’ll be living in the shadow of Michael Jordan no matter what he does? Stop. If he wants to really build his legacy he can only do it in Cleveland or New York.

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