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  1. Losing LeBron would cost Cavaliers $250 million immediately

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Do the Cavaliers seem desperate to keep LeBron James in Cleveland? They should. They have good reason. About 250 million reasons. Losing LeBron would drop the Cavaliers franchise value by $250 million, according to a story in Bloomberg News. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cavaliers in a year or two are below the league…

  2. Nets up first, pitch LeBron with clothing line and lessons in being a billionaire

    Jul 1, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    On the court, the Nets have a nice young team. That’s not going to be enough. So as the Nets walk through the doors to be the first team to pitch LeBron James — starting at 11 am Eastern — here is what they are selling, according to the New York Post. Russian billionaire owner…

  3. ProBasketballTalk's free agent roundup: Let the party begin

    Jul 1, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT

    Free agency is underway — although it has unofficially been underway for weeks through back channels. Everyone has been talking to everyone. So, consider midnight the end of the NBA’s “we’re looking the other way at all the tampering” season. And the start of the real free agent craziness. Below is a roundup of where…

  4. Winderman: The negative campaigning to get LeBron may backfire

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    This was supposed to be a relatively simple process when it came to recruiting LeBron James: Sell your wares and build fears about how the Cavaliers simply have not done enough for James for him to remain in Cleveland. That was the notion back at the start of the season, when the Cavaliers were the…

  5. Raptors' preference for a Chris Bosh sign-and-trade likely means more suitors than ever and a better chance for a Miami supergroup

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Why should the teams with cap space get to have all the fun? Even if the Cavs don’t want any part of a sign-and-trade for LeBron and Dwyane Wade seems locked into Miami, the Raptors not only appear open to the idea of signing-and-trading Chris Bosh, but Bryan Colangelo actually prefers it. From Marc J.…

  6. LeBron gets to choose his destiny as free agency begins

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Living in a free country has many advantages. You get to freely select where you live, who you marry, what you do with your time, where you work, what you do, what you say, and how you feel. But along with those freedoms is a cost. It’s the money you need to accomplish what you…

  7. Knicks pitch to LeBron – build your own dynasty. Oh, and take less to do it.

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    The Knicks do not have the inside track on LeBron James anymore. They are considered on the outside looking in at the race. But they have a new strategy — tell LeBron he can build a dynasty in New York. He can be the leader of a team winning titles. He can bring home the…

  8. Bulls plan to get LeBron – get Bosh first

    Jun 30, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    When the midnight bell strikes tonight and phone lines light up across the NBA, the Chicago Bulls are not going to call LeBron James. Oh, they want him. Big time. They will be in Cleveland to make their pitch to him. But the Bulls think the way to James’ heart is not through fancy dinners…

  9. Isiah Thomas would like to tell you his thoughts on LeBron. Tell us, Isiah!

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:16 AM EDT

    Whichever team loses out on this summer’s free agency will be devastated. Their franchise will be in ruins, and it may take years to recover, to attain the same level of success they held before Thursday morning at 12AM. And you know what? It will still pale in comparison to the abject destruction left in…

  10. Cleveland will not do a sign-and-trade to send LeBron away. Duh.

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    If you have LeBron James, you do nothing to help him leave. Nothing. Under any circumstances. Even if it means more long-term pain. Do a sign-and-trade and the fan base will never forgive you. Cleveland’s front office knew that, but a report by Ric Bucher at ESPN confirmed it from his sources — the Cavaliers…

  11. The power struggle going on around LeBron

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    It’s about influence. And power. Influencing LeBron James decision on where to play next year, because it will add or subtract to the power of someone around him. Earlier today we talked about how it is better for William Wesley if LeBron James moves on from Cleveland. However, for Maverick Carter and LeBron’s high school…

  12. Most. Ridiculous. Spin. Ever: Knicks prefer Joe Johnson to LeBron James

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Need a good laugh in the middle of the day? We’re here to help. Read on. The Knicks are targeting Joe Johnson as their No. 1 free agent choice and believe he’s a better fit for the team than LeBron James, according to an NBA source with knowledge of the team’s plans. “Yes, we think…

  13. The terrifying possibility of a LeBron-Wade-Bosh triumvirate in Miami inches closer to becoming a reality

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    UPDATE 11:12 am: The Miami Herald and other sources are reporting that this summit did not happen in Miami. Turns out Wade spent last weekend in his hometown of Chicago. Although ESPN’s sources say they were all together in Miami. Whatever. See, there is this fancy new technology called the telephone where the three of…

  14. Are LeBron's friends and advisors really looking out for LeBron?

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    The LeBron James situation has gotten so crazy that Bodog — the online gambling site that you tell your girlfriend you never visit — has taken down the odds down on where LeBron will land. It’s all too unpredictable for bookies right now. Unpredictable in part because what is going on close LeBron is unpredictable.…

  15. Your latest LeBron rumor: He and Bosh to Miami with Wade. It doesn't work, yet…

    Jun 28, 2010, 7:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE 7:46 pm: ESPN salary cap guru Larry Coon blew this idea of Wade/Bosh/LeBron out of the water tonight. Here were his comments on twitter: If they re-sign Wade, waive Jones & renounce all other FAs, they will have $27,596,027 cap room. Bron/Bosh are $16,568,908 each. So one or both of them would have to…

  16. Ownership and coaches, LeBron James has a lot to consider

    Jun 28, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    At some point, it’s going to come down to just him. LeBron James sitting in a quiet room (or laying in his bed or wherever he does his best thinking) and weighing all the options. Then making a choice. But there are a lot of variables in front of him. One is ownership — he’s…

  17. LeBron in Chicago: The Jerry Reinsdorf question

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    LeBron to Chicago, with Chris Bosh. Teamed with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. A force in the NBA for the next decade. That is unquestionably how it is going down, right? Except, there are a few questions. Starting with: Would Bulls onwer Jerry Reinsdorf be willing to pay the price for it? Does LeBron James…

  18. Chris Bosh says he is serious about the Heat, too

    Jun 28, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh is not just LeBron James’ lap dog, going wherever he goes and doing whatever he says. No sir. Chris Bosh is his own man. And would go to Miami to be with Dwyane Wade to prove it, so he tells the Miami Herald. “Miami is in top contention,” Bosh said during a quiet…

  19. Knicks target Joe Johnson out of the gate

    Jun 27, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Sure, the Knicks want LeBron James. And they’ll make their pitch. But they’ll need more than the King to contend, and will need other players on roster to lure James anyway. And there’s always, you know, the simple fact that they should probably look into some backup plans in case their best pitch isn’t good…

  20. It's not just you, NBA executives think LeBron will be a Bull, too.

    Jun 27, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    You watched the draft day moves by the Chicago Bulls, saw they freed up almost enough room for two max guys to go along side Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, and you thought, “That is where LeBron is going to go.” You are not alone. According to one NBA executive who spoke with the New…

  21. Knicks are next in line with the King after Nets

    Jun 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    The New York Daily News reports that the Knicks will meet with LeBron James on July 1st, the same day the New Jersey/soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to meet with James. The Nets will meet with James first, sending Jay-Z and owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Knicks will send GM Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike…

  22. Which teams are most impacted by LeBron James not touring for free agency?

    Jun 26, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    We told you earlier that LeBron would not be going on a worldwide tour of his free agent destinations as had been previously reported. But the question now is, which teams are most impacted by that decision? Let’s take a look at the candidates and rank the impact this has on their chances on a…

  23. Report: Jiggaman Jay-Z, Prokhorov get first crack at LeBron James

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Sure, the Finals were fun, in a sort of “two-teams-shooting-35%-from-the-floor” sort of way. But now the real entertainment begins. Watching professional franchises, several steeped in rich history and other heralded by some of the most powerful men in the world, crawl and beg before a 25-year-old small forward from Akron, Ohio.  First up? H.O.V.A.  Yahoo!…

  24. LeBron James not going on recruiting tour

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Remember talks of LeBron James going on a nationwide tour to be wined and dined by the teams and cities that wanted him? Yea, not so much. All meetings with teams will be at a neutral site, James’ right hand man Maverick Carter told ESPN’s Chris Broussard. “LeBron is not going on a tour,” Carter…

  25. Are the Bulls now the leaders in the LeBron sweepstakes?

    Jun 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    There are a lot of jittery Cleveland Cavaliers fans right now. And not just because they had four cups at the Cleveland Coffee Company. Clevelanders woke up this morning to a new landscape. Yesterday morning they were still the most logical place for LeBron James to play — they had shown him a serious commitment…

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