William “Worldwide” Wesley, the NBA powerbroker and confidant to LeBron, won’t sit in while teams pitch to The King in Akron, Ohio, on Thursday. On Tuesday, the New York Times‘ Jonathan Abrams spoke with James’ business manager, Maverick Carter, who said that Wesley would not play a role in The Chosen One’s deliberations and would not be around for the meetings.
“All the Wes rumors are untrue and he will not be at the meetings,” Carter said. “Wes has nothing to do with where he goes.”
There were earlier reports that Wesley was trying to broker a deal in Chicago, where the Bulls would sign LeBron and hire University of Kentucky coach John Calipari. There was also talk of Wesley pairing James with Hornets’ point guard Chris Paul. None of the reports were confirmed.
LeBron, Carter and LeBron’s agent, Leon Rose, are scheduled to sit in for the meetings with the Nets, Knicks, Bulls, Clippers and Heat once free agency begins Thursday. [New York Times]