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Suns' Jared Dudley says LeBron James is going to New York

Jul 7, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for lebron_james_arty.jpgI really hope Jared Dudley is wrong about this, because if he’s right we’re all going to be hearing damn Jay-Z and Alicia Keys on a loop for the next year.

Phoenix Suns bench guy and growing media darling (he is one of the best interviews in the game) Jared Dudley is saying it is NYC for LeBron James. Here’s the tweet.

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!!!!

Now, please enjoy some salt with this while we look at it again for a second.

I don’t know who Dudley’s source is. But, Dudley played for the Phoenix Suns last year. Right along side Amare Stoudemire. Who is about to be a Knick and has spent the last few days desperately recruiting LeBron. And Amare would have personal interest in leaking that information. And plenty of people in several camps would love to create Cleveland vs. New York tension to bump the television show ratings. And….

It may or may not be true. The teams are in the dark right now. But Dudley is not alone, sources all over the NBA are saying NYC is right there right now. Then again, LeBron could change his mind seven times between now and tomorrow night, and nobody would be shocked, would they? Dudley may well be right. Right now.

  1. lebronsdong - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    why would he take me to the east coast cavs?

  2. bc - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    I hope Dudley is right. Cause every god damn article I’ve read, especially from NBC, has trashtalked NYC and the Knicks all throughout this process. I’d love to see the looks on all of your so called ‘journalists’ faces after Lebron committs to NY. See you in the eastern finals Miami!

  3. Jared Dudley - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    It’s most likely a joke…

  4. KINGOFNY - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:28 PM

    Why all the hate for NY. Everyone said bulls done deal, miami done deal, then new jersey nets. You all so called Journalist need to understand that the NBA is a business & NY gives everything he’s looking for: Legacy, Big Stage, cap space & the best opportunity make Billions!!!!

  5. Lebrownies - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    Tweet your heart out Miami.

  6. Skileman - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    If he wants a ring than he goes to Miami. Nuff Said!

  7. The King's Children - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    That’s what all reporters on this website are.
    Can’t wait until you all become big jokes WHEN Bron signs in the Big Apple where the Knicks have begun to position their franchise for a run.
    No one cares to mention the cap space that frees up next season for NY coupled with a not so bad base of sharpshooter Danilo Galinari, all around 6th man Wilson Chandler, and throw anyone else in the mix with Bron–Amare & you have yourself a potential champion.
    Goodnight CLOWNS!!!!!!!!

  8. Bob - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Yes. Get him out of the Central. (Bucks fan, here)

  9. chris - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    who is this loser?

  10. Marky Mark - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Yeah, really. Why on earth would somebody trash the Knicks, they’ve been a shining beacon in the NBA for the last decade. Their management is an example of what every team should aspire to, their–ah screw it, I can’t even keep a straight face while I’m saying these things. The reason New York has been trashed throughout this process is that the Knicks have done almost literally nothing right in the last however many years. Is it really that hard to believe that people would badmouth them? They have been a joke for a while.
    BTW, the best boost for LeBron’s legacy would be if he won a championship (or multiple ones) in Cleveland, not New York. Great players stay with their teams. They don’t bolt.

  11. Herb - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    My sources tell me he is going to the Nets.

  12. Bob - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    I disagree, if he won a title in NYC, he would cememnt his status as one of the greatest ever.
    A.) It’s NY.
    B.) They have sucked forever.

  13. Patrick Star - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Who is Lebron James?

  14. Randi - Jul 7, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    My sources say he’ll be making an announcement tomorrow

  15. LeBjay - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Cleveland nuf sed

  16. Marky Mark - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Bob–Yes, it’s New York, and yes they’ve sucked forever, but Cleveland has never won anything. New York at least has the Yankees, and on the rare occasion when the Yankees aren’t doing well, they have the Giants or the Jets, or (I guess?) the Mets. Meanwhile, when it comes to Cleveland’s professional sports teams, the only one remotely relevant is the Cavs.
    I’m not saying it wouldn’t be a huge deal if he brought the Knicks a title. It would be, and the fanfare would be pretty loud. Looking through NBA history, though, I think almost all of the great players stay on the same team their entire career. You have a guy like Shaq who has moved around, but for the most part, you build your legacy in one place. Duncan, Kobe, Malone, Stockton, Bird, Magic, and of course Jordan. These are guys who you just know for one team. Honestly, my view of LeBron will go down a little bit if he leaves Cleveland. Not a lot, but I think loyalty does mean something.

  17. Royal Ivey - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Yo its Royal and dudley is right he’s gettin his max contract at 16.6 milion congrats nyc!

  18. Bob - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    But before, he got there, what were the Cavs? Nothing. This guy makes franchises elite by just being one of five starters. If he goes to Minnesota tomorrow, they are contenders.
    Regarding the Bird, Magic, Duncan, etc. times: Those days are gone. Look at the player movement in recent years.
    Also, you brought up New Jersey’s teams…
    What IS the deal with that?
    Nets, Jets, Mets…?

  19. Bob - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    You resigning with the Bucks?

  20. Thomas - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    To go on ESPN and announce a new team would be the biggest non-politics PR gaffe in history. If you are going to divorce your wife ( Cleveland ) you don’t hold a PR conference to announce your new girlfriend. Makes NO sense PR wise.

  21. Mike - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    I agree with you that if he goes to New York and wins he will cement himself as one of the greatest ever for taking a team which honestly was a laughing stock and turn them into champions and for the fact that it is New York and the amount of publicity he would get would be ridiculous
    But the Jets, Giants, Yankees and Mets are all New York teams even though the Jets and Giants play in Jersey….and the Nets are a Jersey team but they are moving to Brooklyn in 2 years so they will be a New York team soon also

  22. Marky Mark - Jul 7, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    Bob–I guess technically some of those teams are New Jersey teams, but they aren’t the New Jersey Jets, they’re the New York Jets. They have the New York name on them, they’re counted as part of the New York market. The point I was making was that New York doesn’t just have basketball. They have other sports, and in those sports, you have a lot of teams that have won relatively recently. It’s not like the entire city would be resting on LeBron.
    To say that the days of players staying on their original teams are over doesn’t really take into account that you don’t see big players move. When’s the last time a superstar switched teams in free agency? Good players do move from time to time, but the truly legendary guys, the ones who (as you say) make or break franchises, stick where they are. Maybe LeBron has different DNA. Maybe he doesn’t care about that sort of thing and he’ll bolt to New York or Chicago. If he does, I think it’s a bad move. I think him bringing a championship to his hometown team would mean more to Cleveland and to him personally than him bringing a title to the Knicks would mean to New York.

  23. JiggaMan - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Wait N see 😉

  24. Tooch - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Get a clue….. With what bench?? Miami stinks even with Lebron… They have no bench or PG either…. Those 3 egos together would be a disaster…You need a bench to win…They would be cashed out….Knicks have Amare… gonna get a PG and when Curry comes off the books next year they will have cash to sign another max player such as Carmelo Anthony……Knicks might not play for a title this year but with Lebron and a signing next year they will be ready in a year or 2!!! You people are such Knick haters that you don’t look at the big picture!

  25. bigwilliestyle - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Anyone ever heard of Kevin Garnett…he flat out told LeBron he’d be a fool to waste more years with a hopeless franchise. The knicks have been biding time until this day for three years, cold and calculated and adding ‘mellow next year will bring back memories of jordan, pippen rodman…see you at MSG!

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