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Report: After cross-country plane flight with him, Dwyane Wade doesn’t know what LeBron James will do

Jul 11, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

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Dwyane Wade spent much of the last several days hanging out with LeBron James at his skills camp and going out to dinner and clubs with him in Las Vegas.

What does that mean? The two are good friends.

Wade then went from Vegas to Miami with LeBron on his private jet, before LeBron flew on to Brazil for the World Cup final.

What does that mean? They both live in the same city and shared a flight.

Beyond that, don’t read much into it. In fact, after all that Wade doesn’t know what LeBron will do, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

LeBron James is taking his time with a huge decision — that is not only his right, it’s the smart thing to do. When you’re faced with a big, difficult life decision you talk it over with family and take your time trying to make the best choice. In this case LeBron doesn’t owe us or anyone else (not the Houston Rockets on the clock with Chandler Parsons and an offer to Chris Bosh) anything. He’d probably like to make a decision before going to Brazil for the World Cup — it’s hard to fully enjoy anything when you have a decision constantly occupying part of your thoughts — but he doesn’t have to.

There have been media reports (some from respectable reporters) of the certainty of LeBron returning to Cleveland, but it sounds like LeBron doesn’t know yet. Understand that there are people around to LeBron who have pushed this for some time and want to see this happen — LeBron and his posse had the complete and total run of the Cavaliers organization for years, they had real power and influence that they do not have in the same way in Miami. There are basketball reasons you can argue for LeBron to return to Cleveland, but that’s not always everybody’s motivation.

LeBron has matured these past four years — leaving Cleveland was like leaving home to go to college for him and like all of us when we first moved out of our parent’s house we matured. The question now is does he want to go back home or not?

Only LeBron can answer that, and it’s a big question. It sounds like he doesn’t know, so he is taking his time.

  1. balsagna - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    I am at the point where I realistically do not care what he chooses I just want the damn thing to be over.

    • buckifan4life - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      I’m getting there too. This is ridiculous now. He already knows…

    • esotericmindguy - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      You don’t care? Realistically? Just felt compelled to open the article and comment? Interesting.

    • kghane - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      I concur. I would love for him to stay in Miami, but at this point I don’t even know if it’s worth all the drama. I’m simply over it.

      • k3nn3k - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Yes, he is definitely worth the “drama”. Any team would go through this drama if it meant he would go to their team.

  2. calkinsrob - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I care where he goes, but I am getting really sick of these dilly dally articles. Im gonna take a little hiatus from this site lol.

  3. remyje - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    bucright off said it best on the other story… might as well do it WWE style on opening night

  4. heat256 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    I am resigned to him going back to CLE. I’m cool with it. I just want to know what MIA will do when he goes. Obviously winning the East without him will be pretty much impossible, but unless MIA can use cap space to sign or trade for some guys, then they are in trouble. Right now they – and a few other teams – are in limbo waiting for this domino to fall.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Problem for the Heat is that if they lose LeBron, they lose Bosh to Houston.

      They’ll have around $37 million in cap space to throw at free agents like Deng, Gasol, Stephenson, and Ariza, so they could build a decent roster around Wade that nabs a playoff spot, but without LeBron, their ceiling goes from “NBA Finals” to probably “2nd round of the playoffs but only if Wade has a bounceback season.”

      • kinggw - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        I wouldnt be so sure about Bosh leaving. He’s a different type of cat. Money isnt his primary motivation and he’s said as much.

        I dont see him running to Houston to be their third option when he could be Miami’s number one option and still make some good coin.

      • heat256 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Well, that scenario is about to happen. Bron is gone. I would like to see them make a run at Greg Monroe. Get a good C with size and some game. Maybe see if Deng/Ariza can be had too.

  5. djshnooks - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Doesn’t sound at all like he’s matured if he wants to go to Cleveland so his “posse” can have the run of the Cavs organization.

    Can’t wait to see Manziel take him down with his Bieber/Mayweather 3-some’s.

  6. spursareold - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Hey attention whore: pick one of the two places where you can make millions and win games already.

  7. wordyduke - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Some part of this must be about LeBron and “owners.” Back in 2011, LeBron warned players about cutting their share from 57% to 50% and the restrictive salary structure. Gilbert wrote “the letter.” Arison wouldn’t pay the luxury tax needed to get a decent big man and a better bench. LeBron was perhaps the first to speak out forcefully against Donald Sterling’s ramblings.

    Meanwhile, the owners have a cartel/monopoly and a license to print money. Each losing season, Sterling sucked all the cash he could from his pathetic Clippers, and the team still increased in value an average of $60 million/year.

    Yet, at the end of some day, LeBron still has to pick an owner.

    • brookwell2013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Well said wordy….the lst CBA was a debacle for the players…’s amazing but the owners now are in the position of being able to damage a player in the media if they don’t agree to a discount from a max salary. Most of the posters on this site love the NBA but the players ae going to opt out and there is going to be a long strike in a few years, it’s just inevitable.

  8. casualcommenter - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    It’s clear that LeBron hasn’t made his decision. The Cavaliers were hoping to make additional free agency moves yesterday with a commitment from LeBron to use as a recruiting tool, but they weren’t able to because they were still waiting on LeBron. Likewise, if LeBron knew he was either staying with Miami or leaving Miami, it made sense to tell his good buddy Wade before they said goodbye.

    So at this point, even if the reporters who “called” Cleveland 2 days ago turn out to be correct, it just means their sources were guessing. As of last night, LeBron hadn’t made a decision, but those reporters were saying Cleveland had been chosen and LeBron was going to make his announcement on July 10.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Well everything changed once Riley showed up – doesn’t mean they were guessing.

      • buckifan4life - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Riley jedi mind trick in effect?

    • willkill4caffeine - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      It’s always possible Wade in fact does know where LeBron is going, but has simply stated the contrary to allow his good friend to make the announcement when he sees fit. Obviously I have no evidence to support this, I’m just one of the millions with some speculation to throw out there. Why not, I got it from a reliable source (some guy that served me my coffee this morning who follow Bron Bron on Twitter).

    • jimbo75025 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      casualcommenter – Jul 11, 2014 at 11:57 AM
      …. it made sense to tell his good buddy Wade before they said goodbye.

      It would make sense yes, but based on past history has Lebron been very thoughtful in his communications before announcing decisions. It is not like it would be goodbye, I am sure that they would be friends-Lebron is simply going to choose which team offers him a better chance to win. Miami offers him a pretty easy route to the finals, but most likely another loss like this year as the same problems will exist. Cleveland has great potential, but Wiggins and really Irving re untested-if they step up then the Cavs could be special or if they fail they could be a mid-range team in the East even with Lebron. Tough call.

  9. lphboston - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Is the writer of this story hoping to one day be part of James’s entourage?

  10. rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    I am starting to long for the time before the internet when you caught the 6 o’clock sports center for the days activity and went about your business. Newspapers were printed once a day and you waited until the next day for the transactions section for who signed where. Or before smartphones and laptops when you had to actually get on a computer to check a website because with it all in the palm of my hand FA is a pain in the azz……

    • spursareold - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      …and all those kids weren’t on your damn lawn

  11. bucrightoff - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    They’re going to find Flight 370 before LeBron signs.

  12. buddysguys - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    what if he retires…….

  13. antistratfordian - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Wow. It happened. He’s going home.

  14. antistratfordian - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    s.h.e.r.i.d.a.n. got his news mixed up… not on lebron’s site… but on sports illustrated’s site…

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