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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. Anonymous - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    “Lebron should stay in Cleveland and get rid of his “inter circle!”
    Yeah, right, he should dump people he’s known for 10-15 years and trusts and hire a bunch of outsiders who just want to suck him dry of his $$$$.

  2. Nick Geerz - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Hey Nedley dont steal all the fun i will take sloppy seconds i reckon….. and bring your goat for me

  3. MikeC'sADOUCHE - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    and you forgot the most important one mike douchee… he will keep losing there too if he stays … wwwwhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    go play with ned’s goats

  4. John Williams - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I had high hopes for Lebron out of high school playing for his home town team but let’s face it, he isn’t good enough to win a title on his own. As great of a player as everyong says he is, he doesn’t have the talent to carry a team to the promise land without any help and he knows it. If he was a real competitor, he would stay home and win a title on his own for Cleveland. That would go down as one of the greatest achievments in sports and put him above the rest of the NBA greats like Jordan, Bird and Phil Jackson who wouldn’t have been able to win the big one without help like Pippen and Parrish. If Lebron really wants to do something special, stay in Cleveland and work on your game. Stop spending so much time on the extra crap and work on your game. Maybe then he would have enough talent to win a championship in Cleveland and wouldn’t have to punk out by having to go get some help.

  5. DrtyBrij - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    CHICAGO all the way…
    why you ask?
    1. LBJ has been in Cleveland for 7 years and yet to see that bling on his finger.
    2. Bulls terrorized Celtics in 2009 playoffs and showed Cleveland that this young team has potential in 2010 playoffs.
    3. D.Rose, J.Noah and T.Gibson will be even better next year with this new found chemistry last year.
    4. Chicago’s market can support LBJ’s ego better than Cleveland can. (New York can do this also, however they suck as a team)
    5. Stating Noah “You think Cleveland is cool? I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘I’m going to Cleveland on vacation.”
    6. As for LBJ being in Jordan’s shadow doesn’t not even matter. LBJ is young and he can win more than 6 championships if he comes to Chicago. Being a shadow only matters if you can’t surpass the accomplishments of your peers. It’s like saying Kobe will always be in shadows of Wilt and Magic.

  6. AAAA Cleveland - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Welcome to Cleveland, home of professional sports AAAA league. Get um, groom um then watch the revolving door spin.
    This is something Lebron can end. The last player in Cleveland to garner this much attention, Bernie Kosar and he got his ring as a backup in Dallas. Lebron can achieve the most greatness by staying put. If he wins a championship for Cleveland he will be the most important figure in NE Ohio. The party won’t end until the following season starts.
    Here are my predictions, since it is all we have.
    NY—-why deal with the media and start over on a less than stellar team?
    Miami—if Wade stays and Lebron plays with him and they win Championships, Wade will always have one more ring so this is not an option.
    Jersey–It’s Jersey.
    Chicago—does he truly want to live in Jordan’s shadow because that is where he will be for at least six seasons.
    Cleveland—the best suggestion I have heard is giving Cleveland another shot and then pull a KG if it doesn’t go your way. As for his crew, how can someone predict his crew getting him into trouble without actually knowing the people surrounding him? For all we know they are all good church going people with nothing but love and respect for their employer. :-)
    Wherever he ends up really will not affect my life. I will wake up in the morning, hope I won the lottery, and then head off to work making less in a year than Leborn will make in a day. After endorsements lets call it half a day.
    All I do know is I won’t be paying him. I can’t afford tickets, merchandise or laces for his shoes. The fans pay the players, the owners just sign the checks. Were any of you asked how much you were willing to pay a pro athlete?

  7. Vito - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Cleveland is a Dump. Its a small market and Lebron wants a big city with National attention. I can’t see him going to New York because the coach there doesn’t run any type of defense. you can’t win a championship without defense. lebron wants to win championships.

  8. Baghdad Bob - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    This deal was done when the Cavs sold an ownership stake to the Chinese investment group led by Kenny Huang. Dan Gilbert knew the game and planned ahead. This goes beyond the court, beyond salary cap figures and even beyond basketball itself. From the reports, the Nets seemed to have gotten the “beyond basketball” part of it but the Bulls (the team that seemed most likely to get him) completely missed the mark. When he resigns in Cleveland, look back to last year and the sale of the stake in Cavs to Huang’s group as the difference maker.

  9. Rob - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Uncalled for comment. get a life.

  10. Rob'sTHEblogCOP - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Rob who are you to say this comment is uncalled for .. i dont recall nedley asking for opinions… call someone who cares rob and if your a cavs fan i see why lebron hates yall

  11. David - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Which one of these so called friends in his inter circle have a Masters in Business? Which one is a Lawyer? Whould any of them have a job in their current position if they had not grown up with LeBron? I don’t think so.
    I have friends, love them dearly and often ask for advice. But for a potential $1Billion decision, I would go to someone very well versed in these things. JMO

  12. tony g - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    stay and play and make them PAY.GET HELP HOME.AND WIN

  13. JA - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    I personally hope he re-signs with Cleveland and spends the rest of his days there, never winnign a title. Then let’s see how “great” he is.

  14. David - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Rob’s comment was made off the fact that, not only was in ignorant, it has no bearing on where LeBron goes or does not go.

  15. phillip - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Lebron this, Lebron that….Got damn it..I’m tired of hearing everybody kissing his ass. I don’t give a flying F@#K where he is going. Go to the moon for all I care.

  16. dELONTEwEST - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    i want lebron back in cleveland .. cause his mama takes care of me if u know what i mean …OK

  17. dELONTEwEST - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    i want lebron back in cleveland .. cause his mama takes care of me if u know what i mean …OK

  18. DavidISdumb - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Actually David.. it wasnt that ignorrant .. i think that nedley was letting lebron know that if he was into getting felatio from another man that “nedley would take care of him” So unless you are one of lebrons agents i dont think you have the knowabout to say that felatio will not have a bearing on his choice because it jut might play a big part in where he chooses…

  19. Stephen - Jul 6, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    i agree… besides money that is probably the second or third think on my list!!

  20. whogive$a$hit - Jul 6, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    LBJ will make more money from endorsements than he will earn in salary from whichever team he signs with. With the internet, satellite/cable TV, where he plays is largely irrelevant as far as non-NBA salary money is concerned.
    New York — Will always be about the Yankees.
    Chicago — Walter Payton and MJ cannot be topped in the minds of the local fans.
    Miami has…South Beach. Besides, DWade is already there and would not be willing to take a back seat to King James.
    LA Clippers – Sorry, NBDL teams need not apply.
    NJ Nets — What’s the difference between a Jersey girl and trash? Trash only gets picked up once a week. Why would any FA sign with New Jersey, when a pending move (and new arena) is still several years away?

  21. randallhank - Jul 7, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Hollinger has the power dynamic backwards. While Lebron might have an extended network of people interested in keeping him in Cleveland, Maverick Carter and LRMR have only one interest and that is Lebron James. Lebron was never going to betray his best buddies and business advisors, so Carter et al would continue to represent him in business dealings no matter where he goes. LRMR has represented Lebron quite well over the years, including continuing is relationship with Nike and developing other endorsement opportunities. Despite “World Wide” Wes’ thinly veiled implications, I dare say that for a man without a championship, Lebron has done quite well for himself in the business department. Why would he change a formula that’s been working, especially if it meant disloyalty to his childhood friends? On the contrary, it is Wesley that has far more to lose from his mythical clout if he fails to land Lebron for another team. Wesley hasn’t actually brokered a deal for anything or anyone in his entire life. He’s a schmoozer, a professional networker with no actual business acumen. He is the NBA agent equivalent of a drug runner, ultimately just an errand boy for agents and real businessmen. He schtick works when he is dealing with unsophisticated NBA players who may prefer his “behind the scenes approach,” but his power is only derived from the perception that he may be driving the process. If Lebron resigns in Cleveland, therefore, it is Wesley who has lost face.

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